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Opening-night rosters feature 108 international players

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By Frank Pingue (Reuters) – Opening night rosters for the NBA’s 2017-18 season, which begins on Tuesday, will feature 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories, according to the league. The record for international players (113) and previous mark for countries and territories (41) were set last season, the NBA said in a statement. Canada remains the most-represented foreign country for a fourth consecutive year with 11 players, followed by France (10), Australia (8) and Spain (7). Brazil, Croatia, Germany, Serbia and Turkey each have five players on NBA rosters. The NBA also said opening-night rosters also feature a record 64 European players. Houston Rockets centre Zhou Qi of China, which is the NBA’s biggest international market, is the only player from his nation to feature on opening-night rosters. The Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz have an NBA-high seven international players each. The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs each have six.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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