NBA Playoffs: Postseason features diverse group of athletes

A look at the international players in the playoffs.
by Jenni Carlson Published: April 18, 2014

An NBA record 92 international players made opening-night rosters at the beginning of this season, so it only figures that all but two of the playoff teams would have players who were born overseas.

Here’s a look at the international players in the playoffs:

•SAN ANTONIO (9): Aron Baynes, F-C, Washington State/Australia; Marco Belinelli, G, Italy; Boris Diaw, F, France; Tim Duncan, F, U.S. Virgin Islands; Manu Ginobili, G, Argentina; Cory Joseph, G, Texas/Canada; Patty Mills, G, St. Mary’s (Calif.)/Australia; Tony Parker, G, France; Tiago Splitter, Brazil

•ATLANTA (4): Pero Antic, C, Macedonia; Gustavo Ayon, F-C, Mexico; Al Horford, C-F, Florida/Dominican Republic; Dennis Schroder, G, Germany

•DALLAS (4): Jose Calderon, G, Spain; Samuel Dalembert, C, Haiti; Gal Mekel, G, Israel; Dirk Nowitzki, F, Germany

•GOLDEN STATE (4): Andrew Bogut, C, Utah/Australia; Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt/Nigeria; Ognjen Kuzmic, C, Bosnia; Nemanja Nedovic, G, Serbia

•HOUSTON (4): Omer Asik, C, Turkey; Omri Casspi, F, Israel; Francisco Garcia, G-F, Louisville/Dominican Republic; Donatas Motiejunas, F-C, Lithuania

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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