Record 84 international players as 2010-11 NBA season opens

A record 84 international players from 38 countries will be on opening night rosters when the NBA tips off a new season on Tuesday.

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The 84 international players is just one player more than the previous record of 83, from the opening night in the 2006-07 campaign.

The small increase is a continuation of the steady rise of international players in the NBA. A decade ago, the rosters featured 45 foreign players from 28 countries and territories, an 86% increase.

Only two of the league’s 30 teams will be without at least one foreign player on opening night (check out the most xenophobic NBA teams).

The Toronto Raptors will have the most international flair with six international players from six different countries, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Lithuania, Nigeria and Spain. The Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz will both field five foreign born players while eight teams boast four players from other countries.

France provided the most players with 11 followed by Turkey with five and Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Serbia, and Spain each with four.


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