Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 at 5:21 pm  |  30 responses

International Players on ’09-10 NBA Rosters

The  Bucks have the most international players with seven. The Bobcats, Kings and Raptors each feature five international players. Omri Casspi (Israel), Jonas Jerebko (Sweden) and Hasheem Thabeet (Tanzania) are representing their countries for the first time on an NBA roster. France has the strongest representation with a record 10 players.

The following is a complete list of international players on ’09-10 NBA opening night rosters (both active and inactive):

Argentina Carlos Delfino Milwaukee Bucks
Luis Scola Houston Rockets
Andres Nocioni Sacramento Kings
Manu Ginobili San Antonio Spurs
Fabricio Oberto Washington Wizards
Australia David  Andersen Houston Rockets
Patrick Mills Portland Trail Blazers
Nathan Jawai Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks
Belgium Belgium Democratic Republic of the Congo DJ Mbenga Los Angeles Lakers
Brazil Anderson Varejao Cleveland Cavaliers
Leandro Barbosa Phoenix Suns
Nene Denver Nuggets
Cameroon Luc Mbah A Moute Milwaukee Bucks
Canada Joel Anthony Miami Heat
Haiti Samuel Dalembert Philadelphia 76ers
Jamaal Magloire Miami Heat
South Africa Steve Nash Phoenix Suns
China Yao Ming Houston Rockets
Yi Jianlian New Jersey Nets
Congo Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder
Croatia Roko Ukic Milwaukee Bucks
Dominican Republic Francisco Garcia Sacramento Kings
Al Horford Atlanta Hawks
France Alexis Ajinca Charlotte Bobcats
Nicolas Batum Portland TrailBlazers
Guadeloupe Rodrigue Beaubois Dallas Mavericks
Boris Diaw Charlotte Bobcats
Yakhouba Diawara Miami Heat
Ian Mahinmi San Antonio Spurs
Belgium Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs
Johan Petro Denver Nuggets
Guadeloupe Mickael Pietrus Orlando Magic
Martinique Ronny Turiaf Golden State Warriors
Georgia Zaza Pachulia Atlanta Hawks
Germany Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
Great Britain
Kelenna Azubuike Golden State Warriors
Sudan Luol Deng Chicago Bulls
Pops Mensah-Bonsu Houston Rockets

Hamed Haddadi Memphis Grizzlies
Israel Omri Casspi Sacramento Kings
Italy Andrea Bargnani Toronto Raptors
Marco Belinelli Toronto Raptors
Danilo Gallinari New York Knicks
Latvia Andris Biedrins Golden State Warriors
Lithuania Zydrunas Ilgauskas Cleveland Cavaliers
Darius Songaila New Orleans Hornets
Mexico Eduardo Najera New Jersey Nets
Netherlands Francisco Elson Milwaukee Bucks
Dan Gadzuric Milwaukee Bucks
New Zealand Sean Marks New Orleans Hornets
Poland Marcin Gortat Orlando Magic
Puerto Rico Carlos Arroyo Miami Heat
Jose Juan Barea Dallas Mavericks
Russia Andrei Kirilenko Utah Jazz
Senegal DeSagana Diop Charlotte Bobcats
Serbia Marko Jaric Memphis Grizzlies
Nenad Krstic Oklahoma City Thunder
Darko Milicic New York Knicks
Montenegro Aleksandar Pavlovic Minnesota Timberwolves
Bosnia-Herzegovina Vladimir Radmanovic Charlotte Bobcats
Croatia Peja Stojakovic New Orleans Hornets
Slovenia Primoz  Brezec Philadelphia 76ers
Goran Dragic Phoenix Suns
Rasho Nesterovic Toronto Raptors
Beno Udrih Sacramento Kings
Sasha Vujacic Los Angeles Lakers
Spain Jose Calderon Toronto Raptors
Rudy Fernandez Portland Trail Blazers
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies
Pau Gasol Los Angeles Lakers
Sergio Rodriguez Sacramento Kings
St. Vincent and Grenadines Adonal Foyle Orlando Magic
Sweden Jonas  Jerebko Detroit Pistons
Switzerland Thabo Sefolosha Oklahoma City Thunder
Tanzania Hasheem Thabeet Memphis Grizzlies
Turkey Ersan Ilyasova Milwaukee Bucks
Mehmet  Okur Utah Jazz
Hedo Turkoglu Toronto Raptors
Ukraine Kyrylo Fesenko Utah Jazz
Oleksiy Pecherov Minnesota Timberwolves
U.S. Virgin Islands Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
Raja Bell Charlotte Bobcats
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  • Keith

    I’m impressed that th NBA has so many players form so many different countries.
    However, a large number of them are w*nk.

  • J-RO

    what about Sun Yue?
    and isnt Peja Serbian too?

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Peja is from Croatia?

  • http://www.mandu.ro LaurMandu

    Peja is from Serbia. He was born in Croatia from Serbian parents. He has Serbian and Greek nationality.

  • Will

    Peja is with Serbia, AFAIK.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/madlib Michael NZ

    Pejas not from Croatia… some kinda typo. BUT, more importantly: SEAN MARKS!

  • Tukei

    Peja is from Serbia.
    And what about Utah’s Kostas Koufos from Greece.

  • Josh

    Yeah Sean Marks! Seasoned veteren extraordinaire!

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    HEY PEJA IS NOT FROM…….hahahaha jk. It’s amazing how some of these guys get here from countries in which basketball is pretty obscure….it’s pretty inspiring.

  • Tong Po

    Sean Marks NZ represent!
    I reckon Randall Tolo could have represented NZ in the league – he was a faster version of patty mills with waaaaayyyy more hops. Dunno what happned to him though.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2009/10/dre-miller-unhappy-with-bench-role/ titsd

    carmelo anthony is half filipino why didnt they mention him!?!

  • Cahyo

    Isn’t Kobe half Japanese or sumthing?

  • alex chuck

    LOL carmelo is half puerto rican not filo
    and regardless even if he was he was born in america which makes him an american citizen. the only way you are some other nationality is by having that countries citizenship.

    and kobe name is from a steak named kobe.

  • alex chuck

    im australian with chinese heritage.

  • micki

    Peja is from Serbia!!

  • http://www.acb.com Alan

    there’s not a single white player in France or what?? Reminds me of the Eurobasket, where there was not even one player born in continental france… closest one was Parker born in Bruges, Belgium. Nice to see so many countries though.

  • Taisen


    apart from Parker who was born in Belgium and grew up in France, every single french player was born in continental France, or French West Indies( it is France also).
    Nando de Colo is white and was drafted this year by the Spurs.
    If you check France’s history, you will understand why France has so many black people and by the way, try to visit this country, you would be surprised…

  • http://www.pronosticsportiv.com Pariuri Sportive

    I had no ideea that Steve Nash is from South Africa Republic. I was thinking he is 100% US born player!

  • mumadone

    villanueva played for the dominican republic this summer

  • Clark

    @ J-Ro

    Sun Yue got cut by the Lakers and Knicks, so he’s not in the NBA anymore. Sorry Chinese Magic Johnson…

  • JT

    And what about Chris Kaman, he played for Germany in summer ’08 right?

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    The Netherlands represent! Okay, that sounded lame, but there was a time Elson was getting minutes on a Spurs championship team.

  • tavoris

    is Azubuike still considered an international player, even tho he isn’t allowed to play for Great Britan?

  • al

    ben gordon is british, or at least can play for their national team

  • Reece

    @TongPo, could be a bit of Aussie pride making me biased but I think after seeing Patty blaze CP3 at Beijing he is waaay underrated. Seriously, he could be the next Gilbert Arenas-esque draft steal if Nate McMillan plays him some minutes on the hardwood. Sadly, unless Andre Miller, Jerryd Bayless, Rudy Fernandez, Brandon Roy and Steve Blake all succomb to injury I doubt they’ll play him a minute

  • Reece

    @TongPo, could be a bit of Aussie pride making me biased but I think after seeing Patty blaze CP3 at Beijing he is waaay underrated. Seriously, he could be the next Gilbert Arenas-esque draft steal if Nate McMillan plays him some minutes on the hardwood. Sadly, unless Andre Miller, Jerryd Bayless, Rudy Fernandez, Brandon Roy and Steve Blake all succomb to injury I doubt they’ll play him a minute

  • Reece

    also @titsd, not sure on the actual rules but they wouldn’t put Melo in Philippino, Andrew Bogut was born and raised in Australia but he’s half Croatian however us Aussies pretend that’s not a country xD

  • Jacob A.

    Koufos has greek heritige, but was born in America. And Kobe lived in Italy while his dad played there.

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