NBA en­ters new, global era

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

A RECORD 113 play­ers from out­side the United States were on NBA ros­ters as the league opened its 2016-17 sea­son this week, with at least one in­ter­na­tional player on all 30 clubs.

The league de­tailed global tal­ent hours be­fore the open­ing tip-off of its 71st cam­paign in Cleve­land, where the Cava­liers were set to raise the city’s first cham­pi­onship ban­ner for any team since 1964.

In all, a record 41 na­tions are rep­re­sented on NBA ros­ters as the league cracked the 100 in­ter­na­tional player mark for the third sea­son in a row. There are 61 Euro­pean play­ers and 14 African play­ers in the NBA.

The old mark for global play­ers of 101 was set in the 2014-15 sea­son, one more than last sea­son. The old record of play­ers from 39 na­tions was set in the 2013-14 cam­paign and was two above last sea­son’s to­tal.

Canada leads the way for the global con­tin­gent for the third con­sec­u­tive cam­paign with 11 play­ers, in­clud­ing Cleve­land’s Tris­tan Thomp­son and Boston’s Kelly Olynyk.

France ranks se­cond with 10 play­ers, in­clud­ing San An­to­nio’s Tony Parker and Char­lotte’s Ni­co­las Ba­tum, while Brazil has nine, in­clud­ing Anderson Vare­jao of the Golden State War­riors and Nene of the Hous­ton Rock­ets.

Aus­tralia has eight NBA play­ers, in­clud­ing An­drew Bogut of Dal­las, Patty Mills of San An­to­nio and Matthew Dellave­dova of Mil­wau­kee.

The Utah Jazz lead the NBA with seven in­ter­na­tional play­ers, in­clud­ing French­men Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert and Aussies Joe In­gles and Dante Exum, while the Dal­las Mav­er­icks, Den­ver Nuggets, Ok­la­homa City Thun­der, Or­lando Magic, Philadel­phia 76ers, San An­to­nio Spurs and Toronto Rap­tors each fea­ture six.

Among NBA global new­com­ers is Croa­tia’s Dra­gan Ben­der, the NBA Draft’s num­ber-four pick.

Num­ber-nine pick Jakob Poeltl is the first Aus­trian player in NBA his­tory, while South Su­dan’s Thon Maker was cho­sen 10th over­all. –

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