The NBA’s International Presence: A CloseUp Look
The NBA tipped off the 2018-19 season—its 73rd to date—with yet another impressive panoply of international basketball players within its ranks. For the fifth straight year, each of the league’s 30 teams featured at least one player born in a country or territory outside of the United States.
All told, the NBA is now home to 108 players from a record-tying 42 countries and territories. Those numbers bump up to 113 and 43, respectively, when including players on two-way contracts in the G League.
Among countries, Canada sets the pace with 11 players (13 including two-ways). The Dallas Mavericks lead all teams with seven foreign-born players—not including Greece’s Kostas Antetokounmpo, who will spend time with the G League’s Texas Legends this season.
Here’s a CloseUp look at the NBA’s global contingent on a world map, by country and team affiliation.