2016/17 NBA Roster Counts

For the first two months of the 2016/17 NBA season, virtually every team carried a full roster of 15 players. Most NBA teams wanted to see what they had on their 15-man rosters, assessing their offseason acquisitions, their young players, and their returning veterans.

Now that clubs have a better sense of where they stand, it makes sense to maintain a little more flexibility. A team with an open roster spot can easily add a free agent or acquire a player via trade without necessarily having to make a corresponding roster move. Ten-day contracts can be signed starting on January 5, so some teams will use their final roster spot to shuttle players in and out on short-term deals.

For the rest of the season, we’ll keep tabs on every team’s roster count in this space. This post, which can be found on the right-hand sidebar under “Hoops Rumors Features,” will be updated frequently to reflect which teams have open roster spots, and which teams have players on non-guaranteed deals or 10-day contracts.

Here’s the current breakdown:

Teams with 15 fully guaranteed contracts:

  • Boston Celtics
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Miami Heat
  • New York Knicks
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Utah Jazz
  • Washington Wizards

Teams with more than 15 players due to having been granted a hardship exception:

(Numbers in parentheses indicate full-season contracts + 10-day contracts.)

  • None

Teams with full 15-man rosters featuring at least one player on a 10-day contract:

(Numbers in parentheses indicate full-season contracts + 10-day contracts.)

  • Charlotte Hornets (13 + 2)
  • Dallas Mavericks (13 + 2)
  • New Orleans Pelicans (12 + 3)
  • Milwaukee Bucks (14 + 1)

Teams with open roster spots:

(Number in parentheses indicates roster count, including full-season contracts and 10-day contracts)

  • Atlanta Hawks (14)
  • Brooklyn Nets (14)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (13 + 1)
  • Golden State Warriors (14)
  • Houston Rockets (14)
  • Los Angeles Lakers (14)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves (14)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (14)
  • Orlando Magic (14)
  • Philadelphia 76ers (14)
  • Phoenix Suns (14)

Last updated: 2/27/17 (5:05pm CT)

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