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Opening-night NBA rosters boast 109 internationals

Opening-night squad lists for the National Basketball Association’s 2021-22 season, which was to kick off later yesterday, will feature 109 international players from 39 countries, according to the league.

Canada remains the most represented country outside of the United States for an eighth consecutive year with 18 players, followed by Australia, France and Germany who each have seven players on opening-night rosters. Nigeria, Serbia, Spain and Turkey each have five players featured across the NBA’s 30 teams. The Toronto Raptors lead the NBA with 10 international players, followed by the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder with seven international players each. The records for international players (113) and countries represented (42) were set at the start of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively, according to the NBA. There are two games on the opening-night schedule, starting with the reigning champions Milwaukee Bucks versus the visiting Brooklyn Nets followed by the Golden State Warriors at the Los Angeles Lakers.


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