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 Opening Night Rosters Feature Record 17 Canadian Players and Record Tying 14 African Players Seventh Consecutive Season League Has at Least 100 International Players The National Basketball Association NBA http www NBA com today announced that 107 international players from 41 countries are on opening night rosters for the 2020 21 season including a record 17 Canadian players and a record tying 14 African players nbsp This marks the seventh consecutive season that opening night rosters feature at least 100 international players nbsp All 30 teams have at least one international player In addition to the 107 international players on 2020 21 opening night rosters there are 10 international players from a record tying eight countries on ldquo two way rdquo contracts allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season For the seventh consecutive year Canada 17 players is the most represented country outside of the U S followed by France nine players Australia eight players Serbia and Germany six players each The Washington Wizards have an NBA high seven international players nbsp The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets each have six while the New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors each have five nbsp The 2020 21 NBA season begins tonight with a doubleheader as part of Kia NBA Tip Off 2020 nbsp The first game features the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Golden State Warriors at 2 a m CAT nbsp In the second game the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers take on the LA Clippers at 5 a m CAT A record 34 players on opening night rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders BWB prior to starting their NBA careers surpassing the previous record of 30 set in 2019 20 nbsp Former BWB campers include Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon BWB Africa 2011 Jamal Murray Nuggets Canada BWB Global 2015 and Pascal Siakam Raptors Cameroon BWB Africa 2012 nbsp BWB is the NBA and FIBA rsquo s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen 76 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001 In addition to the 107 international players on 2020 21 opening night rosters there are 10 international players from a record tying eight countries on ldquo two way rdquo contracts allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season nbsp There are also a number of American players with ties to other countries including more than 30 players with at least one parent from Africa nbsp Among the American players with ties to other countries are Jordan Clarkson Utah Jazz ties to the Philippines Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers ties to Nigeria Matisse Thybulle 76ers ties to Australia and Haiti and Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves ties to the Dominican Republic The records for international players 113 and countries and territories represented 42 were set at the start of the 2016 17 and 2017 18 seasons respectively Below please find international player milestones and storylines for the upcoming season A record six international players were named to the 2019 20 All NBA Team Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Greece ties to Nigeria All NBA First Team Luka Don i Mavericks Slovenia All NBA First Team Nikola Joki Nuggets Serbia All NBA Second Team Siakam All NBA Second Team Rudy Gobert Jazz France All NBA Third Team and Ben Simmons 76ers Australia All NBA Third Team There are 14 international players on opening night rosters who have been NBA All Stars Antetokounmpo Don i Goran Dragi Miami Heat Slovenia Embiid Marc Gasol Lakers Spain Gobert Al Horford Oklahoma City Thunder Dominican Republic Kyrie Irving Nets Australia Joki Kristaps Porzingis Mavericks Latvia Domantas Sabonis Pacers Lithuania Siakam Simmons and Nikola Vu evi Orlando Magic Montenegro As part of the NBA com 2020 2021 GM Survey http on nba com 3nKFFhY Antetokounmpo and Don i were voted the No 1 and No 2 players most likely to win 2020 21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player 32 and 21 of votes respectively and tied for the No 1 player with whom general managers would most want to start a franchise 43 of votes each nbsp For the second straight season Joki was voted the best center in the NBA 50 of votes Deni Avdija who became the highest drafted Israeli player ever when he was selected ninth overall by the Washington Wizards in the NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm reg is scheduled to make his regular season debut when the Wizards visit the 76ers on Wednesday Dec 23 at 7 p m ET on NBA League Pass Killian Hayes who became the highest drafted French player ever when he was selected seventh overall by the Detroit Pistons is scheduled to make his regular season debut when the Pistons visit the Timberwolves on Dec 23 at 8 p m ET on NBA League Pass Nine players from or with at least one parent from Nigeria were selected in NBA Draft 2020 including Precious Achiuwa Heat Nigeria and Udoka Azubuike Jazz Nigeria Below please find the full list of international players on 2020 21 opening night rosters active and inactive Country Name Team Ties to Other Countries Angola Bruno Fernando Atlanta Hawks Argentina Facundo Campazzo Denver Nuggets Australia Aron Baynes Toronto Raptors Australia Matthew Dellavedova Cleveland Cavaliers Australia Dant eacute Exum Cleveland Cavaliers Australia Josh Green Dallas Mavericks Australia Joe Ingles Utah Jazz Australia Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets Australia Patty Mills San Antonio Spurs Australia Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers Austria Jakob Poeltl San Antonio Spurs Bahamas Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings Bahamas Deandre Ayton Phoenix Suns Nigeria Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurki Portland Trail Blazers Brazil Bruno Caboclo Houston Rockets Brazil Cristiano Felicio Chicago Bulls Brazil Raul Neto Washington Wizards Cameroon Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors Canada Nickeil Alexander Walker New Orleans Pelicans Canada RJ Barrett New York Knicks Canada Khem Birch Orlando Magic Canada Ignas Brazdeikis New York Knicks Lithuania Canada Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies Canada Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies Canada Luguentz Dort Oklahoma City Thunder Canada Cory Joseph Sacramento Kings Trinidad and Tobago Canada Mfiondu Kabengele LA Clippers Democratic Republic of the Congo Canada Trey Lyles San Antonio Spurs Canada Mychal Mulder Golden State Warriors Canada Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets Canada Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat Canada Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks Canada Tristan Thompson Boston Celtics Jamaica Canada Andrew Wiggins Golden State Warriors Canada Shai Gilgeous Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder Croatia Bojan Bogdanovi Utah Jazz Croatia Luka Scaron amani San Antonio Spurs Croatia Dario Scaron ari Phoenix Suns Croatia Ivica Zubac LA Clippers Czech Republic Tom aacute scaron Satoransk yacute Chicago Bulls Democratic Republic of the Congo Bismack Biyombo Charlotte Hornets Dominican Republic Al Horford Oklahoma City Thunder Egypt Abdel Nader Phoenix Suns Finland Lauri Markkanen Chicago Bulls France Nicolas Batum LA Clippers Cameroon France Sekou Doumbouya Detroit Pistons Guinea France Evan Fournier Orlando Magic Algeria France Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz France Killian Hayes Detroit Pistons France Timoth eacute Luwawu Cabarrot Brooklyn Nets Democratic Republic of the Congo France Th eacute o Maledon Oklahoma City Thunder France Frank Ntilikina New York Knicks France Vincent Poirier Philadelphia 76ers Gabon Chris Silva Miami Heat Georgia Goga Bitadze Indiana Pacers Germany Isaac Bonga Washington Wizards Germany Isaiah Hartenstein Denver Nuggets Germany Maxi Kleber Dallas Mavericks Germany Dennis Schr ouml der Los Angeles Lakers The Gambia Germany Daniel Theis Boston Celtics Germany Moritz Wagner Washington Wizards Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Nigeria Greece Thanasis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Nigeria Israel Deni Avdija Washington Wizards Italy Danilo Gallinari Atlanta Hawks Italy Nicol ograve Melli New Orleans Pelicans Jamaica Nick Richards Charlotte Hornets Japan Rui Hachimura Washington Wizards Benin Latvia Davis Bertans Washington Wizards Latvia An ejs Pase iks Washington Wizards Latvia Kristaps Porzi is Dallas Mavericks Latvia Rodions Kurucs Brooklyn Nets Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers Lithuania Deividas Sirvydis Detroit Pistons Lithuania Jonas Valan i nas Memphis Grizzlies Montenegro Nikola Vu evi Orlando Magic New Zealand Steven Adams New Orleans Pelicans Nigeria Precious Achiuwa Miami Heat Nigeria Udoka Azubuike Utah Jazz Nigeria Josh Okogie Minnesota Timberwolves Republic of the Congo Serge Ibaka LA Clippers Spain Senegal Gorgui Dieng Memphis Grizzlies Serbia Nemanja Bjelica Sacramento Kings Serbia Bogdan Bogdanovi Atlanta Hawks Serbia Nikola Joki Denver Nuggets Serbia Boban Marjanovi Dallas Mavericks Serbia Aleksej Poku scaron evski Oklahoma City Thunder Serbia Alen Smailagi Golden State Warriors Slovenia Vlatko an ar nbsp Denver Nuggets Slovenia Goran Dragi Miami Heat Slovenia Luka Don i Dallas Mavericks South Sudan Thon Maker Cleveland Cavaliers Australia and Uganda South Sudan Wenyen Gabriel New Orleans Pelicans Sudan Bol Bol Denver Nuggets Spain Marc Gasol Los Angeles Lakers Spain Juancho Hernang oacute mez Minnesota Timberwolves Spain Willy Hernang oacute mez New Orleans Pelicans Spain Ricky Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves St Lucia Chris Boucher Toronto Raptors Canada Switzerland Clint Capela Atlanta Hawks Angola and Republic of the Congo Turkey Enes Kanter Portland Trail Blazers Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers Turkey Cedi Osman Cleveland Cavaliers Ukraine Alex Len Toronto Raptors Ukraine Svi Mykhailiuk Detroit Pistons United Kingdom OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors Nigeria Below please find the full list of international two way players Country Name Team Ties to Other Countries Australia Will Magnay New Orleans Pelicans Canada Nate Darling Charlotte Hornets France Adam Mokoka Chicago Bulls Republic of the Congo France Killian Tillie Memphis Grizzlies Greece Kostas Antetokounmpo Los Angeles Lakers Nigeria Guinea Mamadi Diakite Milwaukee Bucks Italy Nico Mannion Golden State Warriors Japan Yuta Watanabe Toronto Raptors Senegal Tacko Fall Boston Celtics Senegal Karim Man eacute Orlando Magic Canada Participated in Basketball Without Borders BWB Not an exhaustive list of every player tie
NBA Rosters Feature 107 International Players From 41 Countries

Opening-Night Rosters Feature Record

Opening-Night Rosters Feature Record 17 Canadian Players and Record-Tying 14 African Players; Seventh Consecutive Season League Has at Least 100 International Players.

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National Basketball Association

The National Basketball Association (NBA) (http://www.NBA.com) today announced that 107 international players from 41 countries are on opening-night rosters for the 2020-21 season, including a record 17 Canadian players and a record-tying 14 African players. This marks the seventh consecutive season that opening-night rosters feature at least 100 international players. All 30 teams have at least one international player.

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In addition to the 107 international players on 2020-21 opening-night rosters, there are 10 international players from a record-tying eight countries on “two-way” contracts, allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season.

For the seventh consecutive year, Canada (17 players) is the most-represented country outside of the U.S., followed by France (nine players), Australia (eight players), Serbia and Germany (six players each).

Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets

The Washington Wizards have an NBA-high seven international players. The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets each have six, while the New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors each have five. 

Kia NBA Tip-Off

The 2020-21 NBA season begins tonight with a doubleheader as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2020. The first game features the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Golden State Warriors at 2 a.m. CAT. In the second game, the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers take on the LA Clippers at 5 a.m. CAT.

Basketball Without Borders

A record 34 players on opening-night rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) prior to starting their NBA careers, surpassing the previous record of 30 set in 2019-20. Former BWB campers include Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), Jamal Murray (Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012). BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen 76 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001.

Utah Jazz

In addition to the 107 international players on 2020-21 opening-night rosters, there are 10 international players from a record-tying eight countries on “two-way” contracts, allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season. There are also a number of American players with ties to other countries, including more than 30 players with at least one parent from Africa. Among the American players with ties to other countries are Jordan Clarkson (Utah Jazz; ties to the Philippines), Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers; ties to Nigeria), Matisse Thybulle (76ers; ties to Australia and Haiti) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves; ties to the Dominican Republic).

The records for international players (113) and countries and territories represented (42) were set at the start of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively.

Below please find international player milestones and storylines for the upcoming season:

    All-NBA Team

  • A record six international players were named to the 2019-20 All-NBA Team: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; ties to Nigeria; All-NBA First Team); Luka Dončić (Mavericks; Slovenia; All-NBA First Team); Nikola Jokić (Nuggets; Serbia; All-NBA Second Team); Siakam (All-NBA Second Team); Rudy Gobert (Jazz; France; All-NBA Third Team); and Ben Simmons (76ers; Australia; All-NBA Third Team).
  • NBA All-Stars

  • There are 14 international players on opening-night rosters who have been NBA All-Stars: Antetokounmpo, Dončić, Goran Dragić (Miami Heat; Slovenia), Embiid, Marc Gasol (Lakers; Spain), Gobert, Al Horford (Oklahoma City Thunder; Dominican Republic), Kyrie Irving (Nets; Australia), Jokić, Kristaps Porzingis (Mavericks; Latvia), Domantas Sabonis (Pacers; Lithuania), Siakam, Simmons and Nikola Vučević (Orlando Magic; Montenegro).
  • Antetokounmpo and Don

  • As part of the NBA.com 2020-2021 GM Survey (http://on.nba.com/3nKFFhY), Antetokounmpo and Dončić were voted the No. 1 and No. 2 players most likely to win 2020-21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player (32% and 21% of votes, respectively), and tied for the No. 1 player with whom general managers would most want to start a franchise (43% of votes each). For the second straight season, Jokić was voted the best center in the NBA (50% of votes).
  • Deni Avdija

  • Deni Avdija, who became the highest-drafted Israeli player ever when he was selected ninth overall by the Washington Wizards in the NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®, is scheduled to make his regular-season debut when the Wizards visit the 76ers on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. ET on NBA League Pass.
  • Killian Hayes

  • Killian Hayes, who became the highest-drafted French player ever when he was selected seventh overall by the Detroit Pistons, is scheduled to make his regular-season debut when the Pistons visit the Timberwolves on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA League Pass.
  • NBA Draft

  • Nine players from or with at least one parent from Nigeria were selected in NBA Draft 2020, including Precious Achiuwa (Heat; Nigeria) and Udoka Azubuike (Jazz; Nigeria).

Below please find the full list of international players on 2020-21 opening-night rosters (active and inactive):

Country

Name

Team

Ties to Other Countries**

Angola

Bruno Fernando

Atlanta Hawks

Argentina

Facundo Campazzo*

Denver Nuggets

Australia

Aron Baynes

Toronto Raptors

Australia

Matthew Dellavedova

Cleveland Cavaliers

Australia

Danté Exum

Cleveland Cavaliers

Australia

Josh Green

Dallas Mavericks

Australia

Joe Ingles

Utah Jazz

Australia

Kyrie Irving

Brooklyn Nets

Australia

Patty Mills

San Antonio Spurs

Australia

Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers

Austria

Jakob Poeltl

San Antonio Spurs

Bahamas

Buddy Hield

Sacramento Kings

Bahamas

Deandre Ayton*

Phoenix Suns

Nigeria

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jusuf Nurkić

Portland Trail Blazers

Brazil

Bruno Caboclo*

Houston Rockets

Brazil

Cristiano Felicio

Chicago Bulls

Brazil

Raul Neto

Washington Wizards

Cameroon

Joel Embiid*

Philadelphia 76ers

Cameroon

Pascal Siakam*

Toronto Raptors

Canada

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

New Orleans Pelicans

Canada

RJ Barrett*

New York Knicks

Canada

Khem Birch

Orlando Magic

Canada

Ignas Brazdeikis*

New York Knicks

Lithuania

Canada

Dillon Brooks

Memphis Grizzlies

Canada

Brandon Clarke

Memphis Grizzlies

Canada

Luguentz Dort*

Oklahoma City Thunder

Canada

Cory Joseph

Sacramento Kings

Trinidad and Tobago

Canada

Mfiondu Kabengele

LA Clippers

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Canada

Trey Lyles

San Antonio Spurs

Canada

Mychal Mulder

Golden State Warriors

Canada

Jamal Murray*

Denver Nuggets

Canada

Kelly Olynyk*

Miami Heat

Canada

Dwight Powell

Dallas Mavericks

Canada

Tristan Thompson

Boston Celtics

Jamaica

Canada

Andrew Wiggins

Golden State Warriors

Canada

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander*

Oklahoma City Thunder

Croatia

Bojan Bogdanović

Utah Jazz

Croatia

Luka Šamanić*

San Antonio Spurs

Croatia

Dario Šarić*

Phoenix Suns

Croatia

Ivica Zubac

LA Clippers

Czech Republic

Tomáš Satoranský*

Chicago Bulls

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bismack Biyombo

Charlotte Hornets

Dominican Republic

Al Horford

Oklahoma City Thunder

Egypt

Abdel Nader

Phoenix Suns

Finland

Lauri Markkanen*

Chicago Bulls

France

Nicolas Batum*

LA Clippers

Cameroon

France

Sekou Doumbouya*

Detroit Pistons

Guinea

France

Evan Fournier

Orlando Magic

Algeria

France

Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz

France

Killian Hayes*

Detroit Pistons

France

Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot

Brooklyn Nets

Democratic Republic of the Congo

France

Théo Maledon

Oklahoma City Thunder

France

Frank Ntilikina*

New York Knicks

France

Vincent Poirier

Philadelphia 76ers

Gabon

Chris Silva

Miami Heat

Georgia

Goga Bitadze*

Indiana Pacers

Germany

Isaac Bonga*

Washington Wizards

Germany

Isaiah Hartenstein*

Denver Nuggets

Germany

Maxi Kleber

Dallas Mavericks

Germany

Dennis Schröder

Los Angeles Lakers

The Gambia

Germany

Daniel Theis

Boston Celtics

Germany

Moritz Wagner

Washington Wizards

Greece

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks

Nigeria

Greece

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks

Nigeria

Israel

Deni Avdija*

Washington Wizards

Italy

Danilo Gallinari*

Atlanta Hawks

Italy

Nicolò Melli

New Orleans Pelicans

Jamaica

Nick Richards

Charlotte Hornets

Japan

Rui Hachimura*

Washington Wizards

Benin

Latvia

Davis Bertans

Washington Wizards

Latvia

Anžejs Pasečņiks*

Washington Wizards

Latvia

Kristaps Porziņģis

Dallas Mavericks

Latvia

Rodions Kurucs

Brooklyn Nets

Lithuania

Domantas Sabonis

Indiana Pacers

Lithuania

Deividas Sirvydis*

Detroit Pistons

Lithuania

Jonas Valančiūnas*

Memphis Grizzlies

Montenegro

Nikola Vučević

Orlando Magic

New Zealand

Steven Adams

New Orleans Pelicans

Nigeria

Precious Achiuwa

Miami Heat

Nigeria

Udoka Azubuike

Utah Jazz

Nigeria

Josh Okogie

Minnesota Timberwolves

Republic of the Congo

Serge Ibaka

LA Clippers

Spain

Senegal

Gorgui Dieng*

Memphis Grizzlies

Serbia

Nemanja Bjelica

Sacramento Kings

Serbia

Bogdan Bogdanović

Atlanta Hawks

Serbia

Nikola Jokić

Denver Nuggets

Serbia

Boban Marjanović

Dallas Mavericks

Serbia

Aleksej Pokuševski*

Oklahoma City Thunder

Serbia

Alen Smailagić

Golden State Warriors

Slovenia

Vlatko Čančar 

Denver Nuggets

Slovenia

Goran Dragić

Miami Heat

Slovenia

Luka Dončić

Dallas Mavericks

South Sudan

Thon Maker*

Cleveland Cavaliers

Australia and Uganda

South Sudan

Wenyen Gabriel

New Orleans Pelicans

Sudan

Bol Bol

Denver Nuggets

Spain

Marc Gasol*

Los Angeles Lakers

Spain

Juancho Hernangómez

Minnesota Timberwolves

Spain

Willy Hernangómez*

New Orleans Pelicans

Spain

Ricky Rubio

Minnesota Timberwolves

St. Lucia

Chris Boucher

Toronto Raptors

Canada

Switzerland

Clint Capela

Atlanta Hawks

Angola and Republic of the Congo

Turkey

Enes Kanter*

Portland Trail Blazers

Turkey

Furkan Korkmaz

Philadelphia 76ers

Turkey

Cedi Osman

Cleveland Cavaliers

Ukraine

Alex Len

Toronto Raptors

Ukraine

Svi Mykhailiuk

Detroit Pistons

United Kingdom

OG Anunoby

Toronto Raptors

Nigeria

Below please find the full list of international two-way players:

Country

Name

Team

Ties to Other Countries**

Australia

Will Magnay

New Orleans Pelicans

Canada

Nate Darling

Charlotte Hornets

France

Adam Mokoka

Chicago Bulls

Republic of the Congo

France

Killian Tillie

Memphis Grizzlies

Greece

Kostas Antetokounmpo*

Los Angeles Lakers

Nigeria

Guinea

Mamadi Diakite

Milwaukee Bucks

Italy

Nico Mannion

Golden State Warriors

Japan

Yuta Watanabe

Toronto Raptors

Senegal

Tacko Fall

Boston Celtics

Senegal

Karim Mané

Orlando Magic

Canada

*Participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB)

**Not an exhaustive list of every player tie

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