The NBA is, without a doubt, the most-talented basketball league in the world. With dozens… wait, hundreds of players in the league, it’s an exclusive club of the best hoopers in the world. But what’s the exact number whom are members of this exclusive club?
How many players are on all NBA rosters in total?
We could count out every player at basketball-reference, or we can do some simple math to figure this out.
According to NBA.com’s FAQs, “each NBA team can have a maximum of 15 players, 13 of which can be active each game” considering that there are 30 franchises in the league, that means that if every team has all active spots filled on their roster, then there are a maximum of 450 players in the NBA at any given time, and a maximum of 390 of whom are active players available to play in a game.
Players Waived, Signed or Called Up from the G-League
Now even though there can only be a maximum of 15 players on a team roster and 450 players league wide, that doesn’t mean that the season hasn’t seen more than 450 different players.
That’s because there’s a lot of movement throughout the season. Players are often waived, players are injured, new players are signed, and G-League players are called up from the G-League. A recent example is Carmelo Anthony. When the 2019-20 season started, Anthony wasn’t one of the 450 NBA players signed to a team, but with his recent signing with the Portland Trailblazers means that the league has seen at least 451 different players in the 2019-20 season.
To see the activity, check out the NBA’s official transaction page here. You can also check out how many players in the league are Black, white or by country of origin,.