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Global Game: 2018 NBA Playoffs to feature record 62 int’l players

April 14, 2018

By Jon Carlos Rodriguez

As the 2018 NBA Playoffs are about to start, let’s take a look at the record number of international players suiting up.

As if there aren’t enough storylines to keep us glued to the Playoffs (Cavs-Warriors Part 4? Rockets Time? Sixers in the ECF?), here’s one more to throw at you:

This year’s NBA Playoffs feature a record 62 international players from a record 33 countries.

All 16 teams playing for the championship have at least one international player in their respective rosters. The most number of international players per team are on the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers, with seven each.

The most represented countries are France and Australia with seven players; Canada with four players; Spain with four players; Turkey, Croatia, Cameroon, and Brazil with three players each.

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker from France will be making his 17th straight playoff appearance, the longest active streak among all NBA players.

The NBA Playoffs tip-off on Sunday (Manila time).