NBA Finals Around The World
- 6 – Six international players representing five countries are on NBA Finals rosters. The Celtics feature Al Horford (Dominican Republic), Nik Stauskas (Canada) and Daniel Theis (Germany). The Warriors feature Nemanja Bjelica (Serbia), Jonathan Kuminga (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Andrew Wiggins (Canada).
- 8 – Eight international television networks – from the Balkans, Brazil, France, Italy, Latin America, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom – will provide live onsite commentary at the NBA Finals. • 9 – The Spurs’ 2014 NBA championship team featured a record nine international players during the playoffs, the most international players on any Finals-winning team.
- 28 – There has been at least one international player in the NBA Finals for the past 28 years.
NBA G League in the NBA Finals
- 1 – Warriors rookie forward Jonathan Kuminga is the first player from the NBA G League Ignite program to reach the NBA Finals.
- 2 – Two players on NBA Finals rosters have won an NBA G League championship: Boston’s Derrick White (2018 with Austin Spurs) and Golden State’s Gary Payton II (2019 with Rio Grande Valley Vipers). • 17 – Seventeen players on NBA Finals rosters have NBA G League experience.
- 18.4 – NBA G League alum Jordan Poole of Golden State is averaging 18.4 points during the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
- 90 – NBA TV’s blanket coverage of the series will include 90-minute pregame shows and comprehensive postgame coverage starting tonight at 7 p.m. ET, featuring TNT Inside the NBA analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Grant Hill.
NBA Social Media
- 500,000 – Jayson Tatum has added more than 500,000 followers on Instagram during the 2022 NBA Playoffs, the fifth most of any player.
- 23,500,000 – The Warriors have 23.5 million followers on Instagram, the most of any NBA team. • 42,500,000 – Stephen Curry has 42.5 million followers on Instagram, second most in the NBA behind the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (122 million).
- 150,000,000 – The NBA TikTok account has driven 150 million views during this postseason, up more than 304% compared with last year.
- 5,000,000,000 – NBA Social has generated 5 billion views this postseason, the league’s most ever through the Conference Finals and up 32% vs. last year.
- 2 – The second Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award was presented recently to Reggie Bullock of the Dallas Mavericks. The four other finalists were Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies, Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors. Last year, Carmelo Anthony received the inaugural award as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
- 16 – In honor of late Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and NBA Global Ambassador Bob Lanier, who wore No. 16, the NBA renamed the Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award the Bob Lanier Community Assist Award for his dedication to teaching NBA values and making a positive impact on communities across the globe. On May 31, Golden State’s Gary Payton II was named the first winner of the award for the 2021-22 season.
• 2,036/2,037 – Golden State and Boston will both leave a lasting impact in their communities, dedicating two new NBA Cares Legacy Projects together with State Farm and Kaiser Permanente. The Warriors will unveil a refurbished middle and high school services room at the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco – Columbia Park Clubhouse, while the Celtics will renovate a multipurpose room at the YMCA of Greater Boston – Roxbury YMCA. The respective legacy projects will be the 2,036th and 2,037th live, learn or play spaces the NBA Family has created through NBA Cares around the world.