NEW YORK (AP) — NBA rosters have players from a record-tying 42 countries and territories to open this season.
This is the fifth consecutive season in which all 30 teams have at least one international player on the opening-night roster.
Canada is represented by 11 of the 108 opening-night international players while Australia and France have nine.
The Dallas Mavericks have the most international players – seven. Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers have six each. Five teams – Boston, New York, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia and San Antonio – have five.
In addition to the 108 international players, another six are opening this season on two-way contracts between the NBA and G League.
There are 11 international players on opening-night rosters who have been NBA All-Stars: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece), Luol Deng (Minnesota Timberwolves; South Sudan), Goran Dragic (Miami Heat; Slovenia), Embiid, Al Horford (Celtics; Dominican Republic), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies; Spain), Pau Gasol (Spurs; Spain), Kyrie Irving (Celtics; Australia), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks; Germany), Tony Parker (Charlotte Hornets; France) and Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks; Latvia).
Nowitzki will set an NBA record for most seasons played with one team (21), breaking a tie with Kobe Bryant, who spent 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Nowitzki will tie the NBA record for most seasons played overall (21), joining Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett and the Atlanta Hawks’ Vince Carter, who is also beginning his 21st season.