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Monday / September 16.
  • Record 54 NBA players to compete in 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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    A record 54 current NBA players will be featured on national team rosters at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China, up from 45 in 2014. 

    The tournament, which tipped off Saturday, Aug. 31, will feature a record 103 combined current NBA players, NBA draftees, and players with NBA experience, up from 92 in 2014.

    National team rosters feature current NBA players from 21 teams, and 25 of the 32 participating national teams feature at least one current NBA player, NBA draftee or a player with NBA experience.

    The Boston Celtics have six current NBA players in the tournament, while the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings each have five.  The Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs each have four current NBA players in the tournament.

    Outside of the United States, France and Serbia have the most current NBA players with five each, while Australia and Spain each feature four current NBA players.

    There are more than 50 former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) campers on national team rosters, including 11 current NBA players.  BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has been conducted annually since 2001 and has seen 69 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.

    For the first time, the FIBA Basketball World Cup will feature an expanded field of 32 teams, up from 24 in the previous three World Cups.  A total of 80 national teams across four regions – Africa, Americas, Europe and Asia (which includes Oceania) – competed in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers.

    The following is a complete list of current NBA players on 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup rosters*:

    COUNTRY NBA PLAYER NBA TEAM
    Australia Aron Baynes Phoenix Suns
    Australia Joe Ingles Utah Jazz
    Australia Matthew Dellavedova Cleveland Cavaliers
    Australia Patty Mills San Antonio Spurs
    Brazil Bruno Caboclo Memphis Grizzlies
    Brazil Cristiano Felicio Chicago Bulls
    Canada Khem Birch Orlando Magic
    Canada Cory Joseph Sacramento Kings
    Czech Republic Tomáš Satoranský Chicago Bulls
    France Nicolas Batum Charlotte Hornets
    France Evan Fournier Orlando Magic
    France Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz
    France Frank Ntilikina New York Knicks
    France Vincent Poirier Boston Celtics
    Germany Maxi Kleber Dallas Mavericks
    Germany Dennis Schröder Oklahoma City Thunder
    Germany Daniel Theis Boston Celtics
    Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
    Greece Thanasis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
    Italy Marco Belinelli San Antonio Spurs
    Italy Danilo Gallinari Oklahoma City Thunder
    Japan Rui Hachimura Washington Wizards
    Japan Yuta Watanabe** Memphis Grizzlies
    Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers
    Lithuania Jonas Valančiūnas Memphis Grizzlies
    Montenegro Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic
    Nigeria Al-Farouq Aminu Orlando Magic
    Nigeria Chimeze Metu San Antonio Spurs
    Nigeria Josh Okogie Minnesota Timberwolves
    Puerto Rico Isaiah Pineiro Sacramento Kings
    Serbia Nemanja Bjelica Sacramento Kings
    Serbia Bogdan Bogdanović Sacramento Kings
    Serbia Mark Gudurić Memphis Grizzlies
    Serbia Nikola Jokić Denver Nuggets
    Serbia Boban Marjanović Dallas Mavericks
    Spain Marc Gasol Toronto Raptors
    Spain Willy Hernangómez Charlotte Hornets
    Spain Juancho Hernangómez Denver Nuggets
    Spain Ricky Rubio Phoenix Suns
    Turkey Ersan Ilyasova Milwaukee Bucks
    Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers
    Turkey Cedi Osman Cleveland Cavaliers
    U.S. Harrison Barnes Sacramento Kings
    U.S. Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics
    U.S. Joe Harris Brooklyn Nets
    U.S. Brook Lopez Milwaukee Bucks
    U.S. Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks
    U.S. Donovan Mitchell Utah Jazz
    U.S. Mason Plumlee Denver Nuggets
    U.S. Marcus Smart Boston Celtics
    U.S. Jayson Tatum Boston Celtics
    U.S. Myles Turner Indiana Pacers
    U.S. Kemba Walker Boston Celtics
    U.S. Derrick White San Antonio Spurs
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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.