One hundred international players on NBA rosters to start season
For the second year in a row, the number of foreign-born players in the NBA has reached triple digits.
With opening day rosters set around the league, there are 100 international players on NBA rosters, the league announced on Tuesday. All 30 NBA teams have at least one international player on their roster.
As the NBA has moved more toward floor spacing and big men who can step out and shoot the three, teams have looked harder to international ball where that kind of player is more common. So are players willing to move the ball and play a team game — the kind of role players coaches crave.
Here are a few facts about the international players via the NBA:
• Canada has the most international players with 12, followed by France with 10, Brazil with nine, then Australia with eight.
• There are 10 players from Africa on NBA rosters this season.
• What team has the most internationals? You just guessed Spurs — and you’re wrong. It’s Toronto with seven, followed by the Spurs, Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and Jazz each with six.
• Those 100 players come from 37 different countries.
• Last season the NBA started with 101 foreign-born players.
• Three of the top seven picks in the last NBA Draft were internationals who will make their NBA debut this week: Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks by way of Latvia), Mario Hezonja (Magic by way of Croatia), and Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets by way of the Democratic Republic of the Congo).