NEW YORK – A
record 39 NBA players will be featured on national team rosters for the
basketball tournament at the 2012 Olympic Games, up from 28 in 2008.
The games will also showcase a
record 18 former NBA players on team rosters bringing the total number
of current and former players competing to 57.
This year’s rosters
also represent the most-ever national teams with NBA representation, with
11 of the 12 teams having at least one current NBA player.
Twenty-one NBA teams have players
represented on national team rosters with the San Antonio Spurs topping
the list with six.
Oklahoma City Thunder has four, while the Toronto
Raptors, New York Knicks, and Portland Trail Blazers each have three players
Three teams (Hornets, Lakers, and Wizards) have two
players in the tournament.
Outside of the United States, France
has the most NBA players on its roster with six, followed by Spain with
five. Brazil and Argentina both feature four NBA players on team