Inside the numbers behind Sixers' appearance in NBA China Games
The Sixers have landed and are preparing for two preseason matchups with the Dallas Mavericks as part of the 2018 NBA China Games.
Before the action gets underway, we take a look at some of the numbers behind the Sixers' apperance in the showcase. (USA Today Images)
(All numbers provided by NBA PR)
1: This marks the first time both the Sixers and Mavericks will play in China.
However, Brett Brown is very familiar with the continent from his travels as a coach in Australia.
“I know this South Pacific trip well, and it is fatigue,” Brown said earlier this week (see story). “I did have a chance to speak to (Warriors coach) Steve (Kerr) about it, and the Golden State people and other teams that have gone over there, (Timberwolves coach Tim Thibodeau) and those guys, and it is a different rhythm to a start of a year.” (USA Today Images)
3: Dario Saric is one of three former Basketball Without Borders members that will take part in this year's NBA China Games. Saric (Croatia/Europe 2010) joins Joel Embiid (Cameroon/Africa 2011) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (Greece/Africa 2015). (AP Images)
15: The NBA China Games between the Sixers and Mavericks will feature 15 total international players from 12 different countries, including Ben Simmons (Australia) and Joel Embiid (Cameroon).
The other Sixers are Dario Saric (Crotia), Jonah Bolden (Australia), Furkan Korkmaz (Turkey) and Norvel Pelle (Antigua and Barbuda). Pelle actually ended up not making the trip with the Sixers because of gastroenteritis, but we'll still count him. (USA Today Images)
21: Dirk Nowitzki is one of the foreign-born players on the Mavs' roster as he enters his 21st season.
The Sixers actually won't get a chance to face off against the legend as Nowitzki is out with left foot soreness. (USA Today Images)
300,000,000: Basketball is the top team sport in China with an estimated 300,000,000 who play the game, per the Chinese Basketball Association.
Your squad better win to stay on the court or you'll be waiting a long time to get next. (Sixers Twitter account)