Record 58 international players feature on NBA playoff rosters
The NBA playoffs will be more global than ever in 2015, with a record 58 players from foreign countries listed on active rosters.
The league reported that players from 28 different countries and territories will participate in the playoffs, breaking the previous record of 50 in 2008. The regional breakdown is this: one from Africa, six from Asia/Pacific, 33 from Europe, 13 from Latin America/Caribbean, and five from Canada.
Australia, Brazil and France feature six players each, tied for the most of any country. Each first round series features at least four international players active rosters for both teams, and seven of the eight first round series feature at least six on each.
The Spurs lead the league with nine international players on its roster, all returning from last season's title team. Cleveland and Milwaukee are tied for second with five apiece.
This news continues a growing global trend, as 101 players from 37 countries suited up for opening night.
- Jeremy Woo