NBA Rosters Feature Record 125 International Players From 40 Countries and Territories Across Six Continents



NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2023 –The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that a record 125 international players from 40 countries and territories across six continents are on opening-night rosters for the 2023-24 season, including a record number of players from Canada (26) and France (14). This marks the third consecutive season that opening-night rosters feature at least 120 international players and the 10th straight season that opening-night rosters have at least 100 international players. All 30 NBA teams feature at least one international player.

The previous record for international players (121) and current record for countries and territories represented (42) were set at the start of the 2021-22 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively.

For the 10th consecutive season, Canada is the most-represented country outside of the U.S., followed by France, Australia (nine players), Serbia (seven players) and Germany (six players). Nigeria and Turkey each have five players. There are 64 European players on opening-night rosters, including four members of the 2022-23 Kia All-NBA Team: 2021 NBA champion and two-time Kia NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; ties to Nigeria), four-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA First Team member Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), 2023 NBA champion and two-time Kia NBA MVP Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets; Serbia) and three-time NBA All-Star Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento Kings; Lithuania). There are also 15 players from Africa, including 2022-23 Kia NBA MVP Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon).

The Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder feature a league-high eight international players each, followed by the Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs with seven international players each. The Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns each have six.

Below are additional international player milestones and storylines for the upcoming season:

  • Three international players have won the last five Kia NBA MVP Awards: Embiid (2022-23), Jokić (2021-22 and 2020-21) and Antetokounmpo (2019-20 and 2018-19). Last season also marked the second consecutive season that Embiid, Jokić and Antetokounmpo finished top three in MVP voting. Embiid and the 76ers visit Antetokounmpo and the Bucks on Thursday, Oct. 26 in the season opener for both teams.
  • There are 15 international players on opening-night rosters who have been NBA All-Stars: Antetokounmpo, Dončić, Embiid, Rudy Gobert (Minnesota Timberwolves; France), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder; Canada), Al Horford (Celtics; Dominican Republic), Kyrie Irving (Mavericks; Australia), Jokić, Lauri Markkanen (Utah Jazz; Finland), Kristaps Porzingis (Celtics; Latvia), Sabonis, Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon), Ben Simmons (Brooklyn Nets; Australia), Nikola Vučević (Chicago Bulls; Montenegro) and Andrew Wiggins (Golden State Warriors; Canada).
  • At least five international players have made the Kia All-NBA Team each season since 2018-19.
  • As part of the 2023-24 NBA GM Survey, Jokić, Antetokounmpo and Dončić were voted the No. 1, 2 and 4 players most likely to win the 2023-24 Kia NBA MVP Award (43%, 20% and 10% of votes, respectively). Jokić, 2023 No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama (Spurs; France), Antetokounmpo and Dončić were voted the No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 players whom GMs would most want to sign if they were starting a franchise today (33%, 23%, 13% and 10%, respectively).
  • Wembanyama is the 14th international player to be selected first overall in the NBA Draft and the highest-drafted French player ever. Wembanyama is poised to make his NBA debut when the Spurs host the Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
  • Forty-one international players on opening-night rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) prior to their NBA careers, including Deandre Ayton (Portland Trail Blazers; Bahamas; BWB Global 2016), Embiid (BWB Africa 2011), Gilgeous-Alexander (BWB Global 2016), Rui Hachimura (Los Angeles Lakers; Japan; BWB Global 2016), Jamal Murray (Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015), Siakam (BWB Africa 2012) and Jonas Valančiūnas (New Orleans Pelicans; Lithuania; BWB Europe 2008). BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has seen 112 former campers advance to the NBA or WNBA since 2001.
  • There are a record four NBA Academy graduates on opening-night rosters: Dyson Daniels (Pelicans; Australia; NBA Global Academy), Josh Giddey (Thunder; Australia; NBA Global Academy), Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers; Canada; ties to Haiti; NBA Academy Latin America) and Olivier-Maxence Prosper (Mavericks; Canada; ties to Haiti; NBA Academy Latin America). NBA Academy is a year-round elite basketball development program that provides top high-school-age athletes from outside the U.S. with a holistic approach to player development and a predictable pathway to maximize their potential. 
  • A record 55 current NBA players were featured on national team rosters for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, including four on the gold medal-winning German Men’s National Team: tournament MVP Dennis Schröder (Raptors), Daniel Theis (Pacers) and brothers Franz and Moritz Wagner (Orlando Magic).
  • There are also a number of American players with ties to other countries as well as more than 35 players with at least one parent from an African country. Among the American players with ties to other countries are Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat; ties to Nigeria), Jalen Green (Houston Rockets; ties to the Philippines), Matisse Thybulle (Trail Blazers; ties to Australia and Haiti), Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves; ties to the Dominican Republic) and Jaylin Williams (Thunder; ties to Vietnam).

The 78th NBA regular season tips off tonight with a doubleheader on TNT and will reach fans in 214 countries and territories in more than 50 languages through the league’s broadcast partners around the world and NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service available via the NBA App. In the first game, Jokić, Murray and the defending NBA champion Nuggets will receive their championship rings before hosting LeBron James and the Lakers in a rematch of the 2023 Western Conference Finals (7:30 p.m. ET). In the second game, four-time NBA champions Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Warriors will host Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and the Suns (10 p.m. ET).

Below is the full list of international players on 2023-24 opening-night rosters (active and inactive):

Country Name Team Ties
Angola Bruno Fernando Atlanta Hawks  
Australia Patty Mills Atlanta Hawks  
Australia Ben Simmons Brooklyn Nets  
Australia Josh Green** Dallas Mavericks  
Australia Kyrie Irving Dallas Mavericks  
Australia Danté Exum Dallas Mavericks  
Australia Jock Landale Houston Rockets  
Australia Dyson Daniels^ New Orleans Pelicans  
Australia Josh Giddey^** Oklahoma City Thunder  
Australia Joe Ingles Orlando Magic  
Austria Jakob Poeltl Toronto Raptors  
Bahamas Buddy Hield Indiana Pacers  
Bahamas Deandre Ayton** Portland Trail Blazers Ties to Nigeria
Belgium Toumani Camara Portland Trail Blazers  
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurkić Phoenix Suns  
British Virgin Islands D’Moi Hodge* Los Angeles Lakers  
Bulgaria Sasha Vezenkov Sacramento Kings  
Cameroon Joel Embiid** Philadelphia 76ers  
Cameroon Christian Koloko** Toronto Raptors  
Cameroon Pascal Siakam** Toronto Raptors  
Canada Dalano Banton Boston Celtics  
Canada Oshae Brissett Boston Celtics  
Canada Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers  
Canada AJ Lawson*** Dallas Mavericks  
Canada Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks  
Canada Olivier-Maxence Prosper^** Dallas Mavericks Ties to Haiti
Canada Jamal Murray** Denver Nuggets  
Canada Cory Joseph Golden State Warriors Ties to Trinidad and Tobago
Canada Andrew Wiggins Golden State Warriors  
Canada Dillon Brooks Houston Rockets  
Canada Andrew Nembhard** Indiana Pacers  
Canada Bennedict Mathurin^** Indiana Pacers Ties to Haiti
Canada Joshua Primo*** LA Clippers  
Canada Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies  
Canada Lindell Wigginton*** Milwaukee Bucks  
Canada Nickeil Alexander-Walker Minnesota Timberwolves  
Canada Leonard Miller Minnesota Timberwolves  
Canada RJ Barrett** New York Knicks  
Canada Luguentz Dort** Oklahoma City Thunder  
Canada Caleb Houstan Orlando Magic  
Canada Shaedon Sharpe Portland Trail Blazers  
Canada Trey Lyles Sacramento Kings  
Canada Charles Bediako*** San Antonio Spurs Ties to Ghana
Canada Kelly Olynyk** Utah Jazz  
Canada Shai Gilgeous-Alexander** Oklahoma City Thunder  
Canada Eugene Omoruyi* Washington Wizards Ties to Nigeria
Croatia Bojan Bogdanović Detroit Pistons  
Croatia Dario Šarić** Golden State Warriors  
Croatia Ivica Zubac LA Clippers  
Croatia Luka Šamanić*** Utah Jazz  
Democratic Republic of the Congo Jonathan Kuminga Golden State Warriors  
Democratic Republic of the Congo Oscar Tshiebwe* Indiana Pacers  
Dominican Republic Al Horford Boston Celtics  
Dominican Republic Chris Duarte Sacramento Kings  
Finland Lauri Markkanen** Utah Jazz  
France Théo Maledon* Charlotte Hornets  
France Frank Ntilikina** Charlotte Hornets Ties to Belgium and Rwanda
France Malcolm Cazalon* Detroit Pistons  
France Killian Hayes** Detroit Pistons  
France Moussa Diabate*** LA Clippers Ties to Guinea and Mali
France Nicolas Batum** LA Clippers Ties to Cameroon
France Rudy Gobert Minnesota Timberwolves  
France Evan Fournier New York Knicks Ties to Algeria
France Ousmane Dieng Oklahoma City Thunder Ties to Senegal
France Olivier Sarr* Oklahoma City Thunder Ties to Senegal
France Rayan Rupert Portland Trail Blazers  
France Victor Wembanyama San Antonio Spurs Ties to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
France Sidy Cissoko San Antonio Spurs Ties to Senegal
France Bilal Coulibaly Washington Wizards Ties to Mali
Georgia Goga Bitadze** Orlando Magic  
Georgia Sandro Mamukelashvili** San Antonio Spurs  
Germany Maxi Kleber Dallas Mavericks  
Germany Daniel Theis Indiana Pacers  
Germany Isaiah Hartenstein** New York Knicks  
Germany Dennis Schröder Toronto Raptors Ties to The Gambia
Germany Franz Wagner Orlando Magic  
Germany Moritz Wagner Orlando Magic  
Greece Thanasis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Ties to Nigeria
Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Ties to Nigeria
Israel Deni Avdija** Washington Wizards  
Italy Simone Fontecchio** Utah Jazz  
Italy Danilo Gallinari** Washington Wizards  
Jamaica Nick Richards Charlotte Hornets  
Japan Rui Hachimura** Los Angeles Lakers Ties to Benin
Japan Yuta Watanabe Phoenix Suns  
Latvia Kristaps Porziņģis Boston Celtics  
Latvia Dāvis Bertāns Oklahoma City Thunder  
Lithuania Jonas Valančiūnas** New Orleans Pelicans  
Lithuania Azuolas Tubelis*** Philadelphia 76ers  
Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Sacramento Kings  
Mali Adama Sanogo*** Chicago Bulls  
Montenegro Nikola Vučević Chicago Bulls  
New Zealand Steven Adams Memphis Grizzlies  
Nigeria Josh Okogie Phoenix Suns  
Nigeria Udoka Azubuike* Phoenix Suns  
Nigeria Charles Bassey** San Antonio Spurs  
Nigeria Precious Achiuwa Toronto Raptors  
Nigeria Chimezie Metu Phoenix Suns  
Portugal Neemias Queta* Boston Celtics  
Senegal Mouhamed Gueye Atlanta Hawks  
Serbia Bogdan Bogdanović Atlanta Hawks  
Serbia Nikola Jokić Denver Nuggets  
Serbia Boban Marjanović Houston Rockets  
Serbia Nikola Jović Miami Heat  
Serbia Aleksej Pokuševski** Oklahoma City Thunder  
Serbia Vasilije Micić Oklahoma City Thunder  
Serbia Filip Petrušev** Philadelphia 76ers  
Slovenia Vlatko Čančar  Denver Nuggets  
Slovenia Luka Dončić Dallas Mavericks  
South Sudan Duop Reath* Portland Trail Blazers  
Spain Ricky Rubio Cleveland Cavaliers  
Spain Usman Garuba* Golden State Warriors Ties to Nigeria
Spain Santi Aldama** Memphis Grizzlies  
St. Lucia Chris Boucher Toronto Raptors Ties to Canada
Sudan Bol Bol Phoenix Suns  
Switzerland Clint Capela Atlanta Hawks Ties to Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Turkey Onuralp Bitim*** Chicago Bulls  
Turkey Alperen Şengün Houston Rockets  
Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers  
Turkey Cedi Osman San Antonio Spurs  
Turkey Ömer Yurtseven** Utah Jazz  
Ukraine Svi Mykhailiuk Boston Celtics  
Ukraine Alex Len Sacramento Kings  
United Kingdom Jeremy Sochan San Antonio Spurs Ties to Poland
United Kingdom OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors Ties to Nigeria

* – Two-Way Player

** – Former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Camper

*** – Both Two-Way Player and Former BWB Camper

^ – NBA Academy Graduate

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