For the second year in a row, the Dallas Mavericks have the second highest number of international players on an NBA roster.
The Raptors lead the league with 10 international players, followed by the Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder with seven each. The Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and New Orleans Pelicans each have five.
The Mavericks are represented by Australia (Josh Green), Canada (Dwight Powell), France (Frank Ntilikina, with connections to Belgium and Rwanda), Germany (Maxi Kleber), Latvia (Kristaps Porzingis), Serbia (Boban Marjanović) and Slovenia ( Luka Dončić).
Nigerian Canadian Eugene Omoruyi is the eighth international player to represent the Mavericks, but the NBA designates two-way players in a separate category.
The global trend has long been entrenched in the Mavericks DNA, especially over the past four seasons. During the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, Dallas led the way with seven NBA high internationals in the opening squad.
Last season (2020-21), the Mavs and Denver Nuggets finished second with six international players on the team, while the Washington Wizards were ahead with an NBA high of seven.
A record 35 players in active squads competed in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) prior to their career, including sophomore veteran Josh Green with the Mavericks. BWB is the global basketball development and community outreach program of the NBA and FIBA, in which 90 former campers have been drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001.
Green was called to the BWB Global Camp All-Star Team and told Fox Sports Australia at the time: “The biggest thing I got from this camp was just the motivation to keep going and keep improving my game. Hopefully one day I’ll make it to the NBA. “
Green actually formed an NBA team when the Mavericks picked him with the 18th pick in the 2020 NBA draft. At the Tokyo Games that summer, he won a bronze medal with Australia.
Meanwhile, Ntilikina and France won a silver medal, and Dončić led Slovenia to the country’s first ever men’s Olympic basketball appearance.
The NBA announced that 109 international players from 39 countries are on the roster for its landmark 75th anniversary season, including a record number of players from Canada (18), Germany (seven) and the Bahamas (three) and a record number of players from Nigeria (five).
The number of national players in the NBA has risen from five in the league’s first season in 1946/47 to a record 113 at the start of the 2016/17 season.
For the eighth year in a row, Canada is the most represented country outside the US, followed by Australia, France and Germany (seven players each). Nigeria, Serbia, Spain and Turkey each have five players.
Six record-breaking international players have been named to the 2020-21 All-NBA team, including Dončić.
As part of NBA.com’s 2021-22 GM survey, Dončić and Giannis Antetokounmpo were selected as the # 1 and # 2 players with whom general managers would most like to start a franchise (43% and 40% respectively) and the Player # 2 and # 3 most likely to win the Kia NBA MVP Award 2021-22 (33% and 13% of the vote, respectively).
Dončić and Porzingis are also among the 13 international players in the NBA roster who were NBA All-Stars.
2021-22 Dallas Mavericks international players
Australia: Josh Green
Canada: Dwight Powell
* France (with connections to Belgium and Rwanda): Frank Ntilikina
Germany: Maxi glue
Latvia: Kristaps Porzingis
Serbia: Boban Marjanović
Slovenia: Luka Dončić
Two-way international player
(Canada, with connections to Nigeria) Eugene Omoruyi