NBA Updates PH – As of now, there are 55 NBA players who have made it to the national team rosters for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. The event will be held in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia.
The NBA announced on Friday that the World Cup will feature a record 106 current NBA players, NBA draftees, and players with NBA experience, an increase from 103 in 2019.
At least one current NBA player, NBA draftee, or player with NBA experience is on each of the 27 competing national teams. Outside of the United States, which has the most current NBA players (nine), Australia has the most (seven), Canada has seven, and Germany has four.
There are also ten former NBA All-Stars competing in the World Cup: Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves; USA), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder; Canada), Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks; Slovenia), Rudy Gobert (Timberwolves; France), Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers; USA), Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans; USA), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies; USA), Lauri Markkanen (Utah Jazz; Finland), Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves; Dominican Republic) and Nikola Vučević (Chicago Bulls; Montenegro).
The Orlando Magic, Jazz, Thunder, and Timberwolves each have five players in the tournament, while the New York Knicks and Mavericks have four. On national team rosters, there are 54 players with NBA G League experience.
There are 87 former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) campers on national team rosters. BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s annual worldwide basketball development and community outreach program, which has seen 112 former campers move to the NBA or WNBA.