More than 100 international players from more than three dozen countries and one U.S. territory are on NBA opening night rosters for the sixth consecutive season, the NBA announced Tuesday.
To start 2018-19, 108 international players from 38 countries and Puerto Rico will be on rosters, five shy of the record 113 international players in 2016-17 and four short of 42 countries and Puerto Rico represented in 2017-18.
Canada, home to the defending champion Raptors and a country that saw a record six players selected in the 2019 NBA Draft 2019, tops the list with 16 players, a record for a single country for opening night rosters. Canada is followed, in order, by Australia (nine), France (eight), Croatia (seven) and Serbia (six).
The Mavericks have an NBA-high seven international players, followed by the Suns and 76ers with six and the Grizzlies, Thunder, Spurs, Kings, Raptors, Jazz and Wizards with five.
In addition to the 108 international players on 2019-20 opening-night rosters, there are a record 11 international players from eight countries on “two-way” contracts.
A record 30 former Basketball Without Borders campers are on opening-night rosters, surpassing the previous record of 28 set last season.