Tokyo record number of NBA-WNBA players competing

That NBA and WNBA has had a record number of players representing their national team this year Tokyo Olympics. A total of 121 professional basketball players from the two organizations are involved, while 27 NBA and 10 WNBA teams are represented at the summer games.

This year’s record surpasses the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where only 46 and 25 NBA and WNBA players, respectively, were in the game. This time, a record 49 current NBA players and 29 current WNBA players and 16 former NBA and 22 former WNBA players make up the 121 in Tokyo. Outside the United States, Nigeria has the newest NBA players on its list, followed by Australia and then France. Out of the 12 teams competing at the Olympics, 11 of them have at least one NBA athlete. The NBA is well represented, with the Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets each having at least three players competing.

The WNBA sees eight out of 12 national teams with at least one league athlete. Phoenix Mercury and Seattle Storm have sent five players each to the Olympics, while the Minnesota Lynx sees three of its players in Tokyo. In addition, the Olympic list also has 29 players who have played in the NBA G League and a league-high six in Nigeria. Japan and France each out of four players who played in the NBA’s official minor league.

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