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NBA Global Games: Full list of countries to have hosted NBA preseason games

The NBA's first official overseas preseason games were played in 1978 when the then reigning champions Washington Bullets played the Maccabi Tel Aviv.

However, the league's first preseason game between NBA teams to be held outside of the United States was in 1984 at the Palazzo dello Sport di San Siro in Milan, Italy when the Phoenix Suns beat the New Jersey Nets 148-121.

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After 1984, NBA teams competed abroad again in 1991. And since then, there have been multiple preseason games between NBA teams played abroad nearly every year with the last being in 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 15 countries have hosted preseason games between NBA teams with China hosting the most with 25.

Countries to host preseason games between NBA teams
Country Total games First game Last game Cities
Italy 2 Sep. 11, 1984 Oct. 6, 2007 Milan, Rome
Bahamas 1 Oct. 20, 1991 Nassau
Mexico 15 Oct. 27, 1992 Oct. 7, 2012 Mexico City, Monterrey
Puerto Rico 6 Oct. 30, 1993 Oct. 10, 2006 San Juan
United Kingdom 6 Oct. 30, 1993 Oct. 4, 2010 London,
France 4 Oct. 18, 1994 Oct. 6, 2010 Paris
Germany 3 Oct. 18, 1996 Oct. 14, 2008 Berlin, Cologne
Spain 2 Oct. 20, 2006 Oct. 17, 2008 Seville, Barcelona
Dominican Republic 1 Oct. 11, 2002 Santo Domingo
China 25 Oct. 14, 2004 Oct. 12, 2019 Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzen, Macao
Taiwan 2 Oct. 8, 2009 Oct. 13, 2013 Taipei
Phillippines 1 Oct. 10, 2013 Manila
Brazil 2 Oct. 12, 2013 Oct. 11, 2014 Rio de Janeiro
India 2 Oct. 4, 2019 Oct. 5, 2019 Mumbai
Japan 2 Oct. 8, 2019 Oct. 10, 2019 Saitama
Canada 1 Oct. 17, 2019 Vancouver

In 2019 alone, the NBA played preseason games in over four countries - India, China, Japan and Canada.

Countries like Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom and France are the only four ever to have hosted both preseason and regular-season NBA games.

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