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National Basketball Association (NBA)
PRESS RELEASE
Record 121 NBA and WNBA Players to Compete in 2020 Tokyo Olympics
27 NBA Teams and 10 WNBA Teams Represented on National Team Rosters
 

NEW YORK, United States of America, July 24, 2021/ — A record 121 NBA (www.NBA.com) and WNBA players are featured on national team rosters for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The men’s and women’s 5×5 competitions will feature a record 49 current NBA players and a record 29 current WNBA players, as well as 16 former NBA and 22 former WNBA players. The inaugural 3×3 basketball tournament features four current and one former WNBA player.

The previous records for current NBA and WNBA players in the Olympics were 46 and 26, respectively, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Outside of the U.S., Nigeria has the most current NBA players on its roster with eight, followed by Australia with seven and France with six. Eleven of the 12 teams competing in the men’s tournament have at least one current NBA player, and national team rosters include 13 players who have been NBA All-Stars.

Twenty-seven NBA teams are represented in the men’s 5×5 competition, with the Miami Heat featuring a league-high four players. The Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and Utah Jazz each have three players competing.

In the women’s 5×5 competition, outside the U.S., Australia has the most current WNBA players with five followed by Canada and Spain with three each. Eight of the 12 teams in the women’s tournament have at least one current WNBA player, and 10 of the 12 WNBA teams are represented on national team rosters. The Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm lead with five players each, followed by the Minnesota Lynx with four players.

The inaugural women’s 3×3 basketball tournament is being held from July 24-28 and features five current and former WNBA players.

In addition, 29 players on Olympic rosters have NBA G League experience, including a league-high six on Nigeria. France and Japan each feature four players who played in the NBA’s official minor league.

Francisco Cáffaro of the Argentina Men’s National Team and Han Xu of the China Women’s National Team become the first NBA Academy participants to make an Olympic roster. Cáffaro, who was a member of the University of Virginia’s NCAA championship team in 2019, attended NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia. Han, who attended NBA Academy Shandong in China, became the first NBA Academy participant to be drafted into the WNBA or NBA when she was selected 14th overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft.

In addition, 45 players on Olympic men’s and women’s rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB), including Danilo Gallinari (Atlanta Hawks; Italy; BWB Global 2003), Han (New York Liberty; China; BWB Global 2018), Marc Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers; Spain; BWB Europe 2003) and Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards; Japan; BWB Global 2016).  BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen 79 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001 and five former campers drafted into the WNBA since 2019.

Below please find a complete list of current NBA players on 2020 Olympic 5×5 rosters*:

*As of July 24, 2021 (all rosters subject to change)

Country
 

First Name
 

Last Name
 

NBA Team
 

Argentina
 

Facundo
 

Campazzo*
 

Denver Nuggets
 

Argentina
 

Gabriel
 

Deck*
 

Oklahoma City Thunder
 

Argentina
 

Luca
 

Vildoza*
 

New York Knicks
 

Australia
 

Aron
 

Baynes
 

Toronto Raptors
 

Australia
 

Matthew
 

Dellavedova
 

Cleveland Cavaliers**
 

Australia
 

Dante
 

Exum
 

Houston Rockets
 

Australia
 

Josh
 

Green*
 

Dallas Mavericks
 

Australia
 

Joe
 

Ingles
 

Utah Jazz
 

Australia
 

Patty
 

Mills
 

San Antonio Spurs
 

Australia
 

Matisse
 

Thybulle
 

Philadelphia 76ers
 

Czech Republic
 

Tomas
 

Satoransky*
 

Chicago Bulls
 

France
 

Nicolas
 

Batum*
 

Free Agent
 

France
 

Evan
 

Fournier
 

Boston Celtics
 

France
 

Rudy
 

Gobert
 

Utah Jazz
 

France
 

Timothé
 

Luwawu-Cabarrot
 

Brooklyn Nets
 

France
 

Frank
 

Ntilikina*
 

New York Knicks
 

France
 

Vincent
 

Poirier
 

Philadelphia 76ers**
 

Germany
 

Isaac
 

Bonga*
 

Washington Wizards
 

Germany
 

Moritz
 

Wagner
 

Orlando Magic
 

Italy
 

Danilo
 

Gallinari*
 

Atlanta Hawks
 

Italy
 

Nico
 

Mannion
 

Golden State Warriors
 

Italy
 

Nicolò
 

Melli
 

Dallas Mavericks**
 

Japan
 

Rui
 

Hachimura*
 

Washington Wizards
 

Japan
 

Yuta
 

Watanabe
 

Toronto Raptors
 

Nigeria
 

Precious
 

Achiuwa
 

Miami Heat
 

Nigeria
 

Chimezie
 

Metu
 

Sacramento Kings
 

Nigeria
 

Jordan
 

Nwora
 

Milwaukee Bucks
 

Nigeria
 

Jahlil
 

Okafor
 

Detroit Pistons
 

Nigeria
 

Josh
 

Okogie
 

Minnesota Timberwolves
 

Nigeria
 

KZ
 

Okpala
 

Miami Heat
 

Nigeria
 

Miye
 

Oni
 

Utah Jazz
 

Nigeria
 

Nnamdi
 

Vincent
 

Miami Heat
 

Slovenia
 

Vlatko
 

Čančar
 

Denver Nuggets
 

Slovenia
 

Luka
 

Dončić
 

Dallas Mavericks
 

Spain
 

Marc
 

Gasol*
 

Los Angeles Lakers
 

Spain
 

Willy
 

Hernangómez*
 

New Orleans Pelicans
 

Spain
 

Ricky
 

Rubio
 

Minnesota Timberwolves
 

United States
 

Bam
 

Adebayo
 

Miami Heat
 

United States
 

Devin
 

Booker
 

Phoenix Suns
 

United States
 

Kevin
 

Durant
 

Brooklyn Nets
 

United States
 

Jerami
 

Grant
 

Detroit Pistons
 

United States
 

Draymond
 

Green
 

Golden State Warriors
 

United States
 

Jrue
 

Holiday
 

Milwaukee Bucks
 

United States
 

Keldon
 

Johnson
 

San Antonio Spurs
 

United States
 

Zach
 

LaVine
 

Chicago Bulls
 

United States
 

Damian
 

Lillard
 

Portland Trail Blazers
 

United States
 

JaVale
 

McGee
 

Denver Nuggets
 

United States
 

Khris
 

Middleton
 

Milwaukee Bucks
 

United States
 

Jayson
 

Tatum
 

Boston Celtics
 

*Participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB)

**Appeared on an NBA roster during 2020-21 season

Below please find a complete list of former NBA players on 2020 Olympic 5×5 rosters*:

*As of July 24, 2021 (all rosters subject to change)

Country
 

First Name
 

Last Name
 

Argentina
 

Nicolás
 

Brussino
 

Argentina
 

Patricio
 

Garino*
 

Argentina
 

Nicolás
 

Laprovittola
 

Argentina
 

Luis
 

Scola
 

Czech Republic
 

Jan
 

Vesely
 

France
 

Nando
 

De Colo
 

France
 

Guerschon
 

Yabusele
 

Iran
 

Hamed
 

Haddadi
 

Nigeria
 

Ekpe
 

Udoh
 

Slovenia
 

Zoran
 

Dragić
 

Slovenia
 

Mike
 

Tobey
 

Spain
 

Alex
 

Abrines
 

Spain
 

Victor
 

Claver*
 

Spain
 

Rudy
 

Fernández
 

Spain
 

Pau
 

Gasol
 

Spain
 

Sergio
 

Rodríguez*
 

*Participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB)

Below please find a complete list of current WNBA players on 2020 Olympic 5×5 rosters*:

*As of July 24, 2021 (all rosters subject to change)

Country
 

First Name
 

Last Name
 

WNBA Team
 

Australia
 

Rebecca
 

Allen
 

New York Liberty
 

Australia
 

Ezi
 

Magbegor*
 

Seattle Storm
 

Australia
 

Leilani
 

Mitchell
 

Washington Mystics
 

Australia
 

Alanna
 

Smith
 

Phoenix Mercury
 

Australia
 

Stephanie
 

Talbot
 

Seattle Storm
 

Belgium
 

Julie
 

Allemand
 

Indiana Fever**
 

Belgium
 

Emma
 

Meesseman
 

Free Agent
 

Canada
 

Natalie
 

Achonwa
 

Minnesota Lynx
 

Canada
 

Bridget
 

Carleton
 

Minnesota Lynx
 

Canada
 

Kia
 

Nurse
 

Phoenix Mercury
 

China
 

Xu
 

Han*
 

New York Liberty**
 

France
 

Marine
 

Johannes
 

New York Liberty**
 

France
 

Gabby
 

Williams
 

Los Angeles Sparks**
 

Republic of Korea
 

JiSu
 

Park
 

Las Vegas Aces
 

Spain
 

Maite
 

Cazorla
 

Atlanta Dream**
 

Spain
 

Maria
 

Conde
 

Chicago Sky**
 

Spain
 

Astou
 

Ndour
 

Chicago Sky
 

United States
 

Ariel
 

Atkins
 

Washington Mystics
 

United States
 

Sue
 

Bird
 

Seattle Storm
 

United States
 

Tina
 

Charles
 

Washington Mystics
 

United States
 

Napheesa
 

Collier
 

Minnesota Lynx
 

United States
 

Skylar
 

Diggins-Smith
 

Phoenix Mercury
 

United States
 

Sylvia
 

Fowles
 

Minnesota Lynx
 

United States
 

Chelsea
 

Gray
 

Las Vegas Aces
 

United States
 

Brittney
 

Griner
 

Phoenix Mercury
 

United States
 

Jewell
 

Loyd
 

Seattle Storm
 

United States
 

Breanna
 

Stewart
 

Seattle Storm
 

United States
 

Diana
 

Taurasi
 

Phoenix Mercury
 

United States
 

A’ja
 

Wilson
 

Las Vegas Aces
 

*Participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB)

**Under contract with WNBA team but did not report to training camp this season

Below please find a complete list of former WNBA players on 2020 Olympic 5×5 rosters*:

*As of July 24, 2021 (all rosters subject to change)

Country
 

First Name
 

Last Name
 

Australia
 

Cayla
 

George
 

Australia
 

Tess
 

Madgen
 

Australia
 

Jenna
 

O’Hea
 

Australia
 

Marianna
 

Tolo
 

Belgium
 

Kim
 

Mestdagh
 

Belgium
 

Ann
 

Wauters
 

Canada
 

Kayla
 

Alexander
 

Canada
 

Miranda
 

Ayim
 

Canada
 

Nirra
 

Fields
 

Canada
 

Kim
 

Gaucher
 

Canada
 

Nayo
 

Raincock-Ekunwe
 

China
 

Ting
 

Shao
 

France
 

Sandrine
 

Gruda
 

France
 

Endy
 

Miyem
 

Nigeria
 

Adaora
 

Elonu
 

Nigeria
 

Ify
 

Ibekwe
 

Nigeria
 

Victoria
 

Macaulay
 

Puerto Rico
 

Jazmon
 

Gwathmey
 

Puerto Rico
 

Jennifer
 

O’Neill
 

Serbia
 

Jelena
 

Brooks
 

Serbia
 

Ana
 

Dabovic
 

Serbia
 

Sonja
 

Vasic
 

Below please find a complete list of current WNBA players on 2020 Olympic 3×3 rosters*:

*As of July 24, 2021 (all rosters subject to change)

Country
 

First Name
 

Last Name
 

WNBA Team
 

United States
 

Stefanie
 

Dolson
 

Chicago Sky
 

United States
 

Allisha
 

Gray
 

Dallas Wings
 

United States
 

Kelsey
 

Plum
 

Las Vegas Aces
 

United States
 

Jackie
 

Young
 

Las Vegas Aces
 

Below please find a complete list of former WNBA players on 2020 Olympic 3×3 rosters*:

*As of July 24, 2021 (all rosters subject to change)

Country
 

First Name
 

Last Name
 

Romania
 

Gabriela
 

Marginean
 

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NBA
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WNBA
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