There will be 125 non-U.S. players in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 2023-2024 regular season, which begins on Friday .The non-U.S. players hail from 40 countries and six continents, marking the 10th consecutive season with more than 100 non-U.S. players, Reuters reported, citing NBA officials. The number of non-U.S. players also exceeded 120 for the third consecutive season, reflecting the growing importance of non-U.S. players .By nationality, Canada had the most players with 26, followed by France with 14, Australia with nine, Serbia with seven, and Germany with six. By team, the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder had the most non-U.S. players with eight each.
The Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs each have seven, and the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns each have six non-U.S. players .The regular season Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the last five seasons has also gone to a non-U.S. player. Joel Embiid (Cameroon) was the MVP in the 2022-2023 season, Nikola Jokic (Serbia) in the 2021-2022 and 2020-2021 스포츠토토존 seasons, and Yannis Adetokunbo (Greece) in the 2019-2020 and 2018-2019 seasons.