NBA: Opening-night rosters feature 107 international players

Reuters

Posted at Dec 23 2020 08:59 AM

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Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Opening night rosters for the National Basketball Association's 2020-21 season, which begins on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), will feature 107 international players from 41 countries, including a record 17 from Canada, according to the league.

Canada remains the most represented country outside of the United States for a seventh consecutive year with 17 players, followed by France (nine), Australia (eight) Serbia and Germany (six players each).

The Washington Wizards have an NBA-high seven international players on their roster.

The records for international players (113) and countries and territories represented (42) were set at the start of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively, according to the NBA.

After finishing last season at Disney World in a so-called "bubble" designed to keep inhabitants safe from COVID-19, the NBA's 30 teams will resume traveling between cities for games even as the coronavirus outbreak continues to swell nationwide.

There are two games on the opening-night schedule, including the champion Los Angeles Lakers versus the Los Angeles Clippers.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris)