NBA Sets Record For Foreign Players

Spurs_Tony_Parker_2012There are a record 92 foreign players on NBA rosters to start the season hailing from 39 countries, the league announced. The number is up from 84 players last season, and only three teams do not have a foreign player on the roster.

As you might expect France, which just won the European Championships this summer behind Tony Parker, has the most NBA players with 10 (Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw and Evan Fournier are among the others). Canada now has an impressive eight players, from Steve Nash to the last No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett (and they could add next year’s No. 1 pick as well if that holds to form).

Other big names include Kyrie Irving (he has dual United States and Australian citizenship), Serge Ibaka (Congo), Al Horford (Dominican Republic), Dirk Nowtizki (Germany), Luol Deng (Great Britain), and finally Spain gives us Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Ricky Rubio.

Source: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports, Pro Basketball Talk

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