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NBA sets record with 113 international players, a plurality from Canada, on opening-night rosters

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Until last season, the NBA set or tied its record for number of international players on opening-night rosters the previous three years.

But after peaking at 101 in 2014-15, the number dropped to 100 last season.

A sign the league has hit its foreign saturation point?

Probably not.

The NBA boasts a record 113 international players from a record 41 countries and territories to begin this season. Canada, with 11, leads the league for the third straight year.

A count of international players in the NBA on opening night:

  • 2016-17: 113
  • 2015-16: 100
  • 2014-15: 101
  • 2013-14: 92
  • 2012-13: 84

Here’s a full list of 2016-17 international players, but before you read it, take our quizzes on opening-night rosters.

Knicks re-sign Lou Amundson

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The Knicks continue to build a roster of players who were better about a half decade ago.

The latest: Re-signing Lou Amundson.

Knicks release:

New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has re-signed forward Lou Amundson. T

Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops:

The Knicks had only the minimum to offer, so that’s surely what Amundson got. Amundson is New York’s 15th player – the regular-season roster limit – with a guaranteed salary, though it wouldn’t be costly to eat a guaranteed rookie minimum deal of Maurice Ndour or Marshall Plumlee and. Ron Baker, J.P. Tokoto and Chasson Randle have partial guarantees.

Amundson provides an abundance of insurance behind big men Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah, Kyle O’Quinn and Guillermo Hernangomez.

After earning a one-year contract last summer with his play the second half of 2013-14, Amundson sharply declined last season. He didn’t finish well at the rim, could barely convert at all from mid-range and fouled way too much defensively. That came in a small sample of 204 minutes in 29 games, but there’s a reason Amundson played so little. He’ll still hustle, but age 33, that’s becoming less useful.

Mavs cut rookie Ndour to get roster set for regular season

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DALLAS (AP) — The Mavericks have waived rookie forward Maurice Ndour to get their roster down to 15 for the regular season.

The 6-foot-9 Ndour signed with Dallas on July 22 and averaged 4.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 23 minutes per game in four preseason games. He was a target for the final cut Monday after missing the final three exhibition games with a stress reaction in his left leg.

The Mavericks went with experience in the frontcourt over the young Ndour, who averaged 16 points and 8.3 rebounds as a senior last season at Ohio. Dallas kept a third center in JaVale McGee even though the eighth-year player won’t be ready for several weeks because of a leg injury.

Dallas opens at Phoenix on Wednesday night.

James Harden shows up pesky Maurice Ndour

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HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 19 points and five assists in the first half and the Houston Rockets went on to a 109-82 preseason victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Mavericks rookie Maurice Ndour annoyed Harden by guarding him a bit too aggressively in the second quarter and paid for it when the superstar swished a 3-pointer and yelled “boom” at him.

Harden and Patrick Beverley, who made four 3-pointers, were Houston’s only two regulars in the starting lineup one night after the Rockets (1-1) started all their top players in their preseason opener at Memphis.

John Jenkins had 19 points for Dallas (0-2), while J.J. Barea had 14 points and Charlie Villanueva added 10 points and six rebounds.

Corey Brewer had 16 points for the Rockets and K.J. McDaniels added 13.

Star watch: With the majority of the stars on each team sitting out, the star of the night was Harden’s rumored girlfriend Khloe Kardashian taking in the game from a courtside seat. The reality TV star wore an all-black ensemble highlighted by stiletto over-the-knee boots.

Staying home: Many of the top players for the Mavericks didn’t even make the short trip to Houston. Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams were among those who stayed behind.

Up next: Dallas plays Oklahoma City on Tuesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. … Houston meets Orlando on Sunday in Hidalgo, Texas.