2018/19 NBA Roster Counts

While NBA rosters are limited to 15 players during the regular season, teams are allowed to carry up to 20 players during the offseason. Expanded offseason rosters allow clubs to bring in players on contracts that aren’t fully guaranteed, giving those players a chance to earn a regular season roster spot or getting a closer look at them before sending them to their G League affiliate.

In addition to the usual 15-man rosters, NBA teams are permitted to carry two players on two-way contracts. Two-way deals, which we describe in detail in our glossary, essentially give clubs the NBA rights to two extra players, though they’ll spend the majority of the season in the G League rather than with the NBA team. While two-way players don’t count toward the regular season roster limit, they do count toward the 20-man offseason limit.

With deals for undrafted free agents occasionally reported and then not finalized for days, weeks, or even months, a team’s roster count can be tricky to track during the offseason, but we’ve done our best in the space below to present a picture of where each team’s roster stands. Here are the various categories you’ll find in our list:

  • Official: These players are officially under contract with a given team. The total number of players under contract is listed, with the number of players on fully guaranteed contracts noted in parentheses. So a team with 12 guaranteed contracts, one partially guaranteed contract, and two non-guaranteed deals will be listed as “15 (12).”
  • Reported: These are players whose contract agreements have been reported but haven’t been made official. We’re expecting them to be finalized at some point, though it’s possible that some will fall through or were reported erroneously.
  • RFA: These are restricted free agents who have outstanding qualifying offers but remain unsigned. We’re still assuming they’ll remain with their respective teams, but that could change.
  • Two-way: These are players signed to two-way contracts. Unless otherwise noted, these deals are official. You can find a specific team’s two-way players right here.
  • Total: A team’s total roster count, taking into account all of the above.

Here are 2018/19’s NBA roster counts, which we’ll continue to update through the offseason and into the regular season:

Updated 9-25-18 (2:45pm CT)

Atlanta Hawks

  • Official: 18 (15)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Boston Celtics

  • Official: 18 (15)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Brooklyn Nets

  • Official: 19 (15)
  • Two-way: 1
  • Total: 20

Charlotte Hornets

  • Official: 18 (14)
  • Two-way: 1
  • Total: 19

Chicago Bulls

  • Official: 19 (14)
  • Two-way: 1
  • Total: 20

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Official: 18 (14)
    • Note: Dakota Mathias was rumored in June to be signing with the Cavaliers, but we’re not including him in our count for now in case it was just a Summer League deal.
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Dallas Mavericks

  • Official: 18 (15)
  • Reported: 1 (Donte Ingram)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 21

Denver Nuggets

  • Official: 17 (15)
  • Reported: 1 (Donald Sloan)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Detroit Pistons

  • Official: 18 (15)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Golden State Warriors

Houston Rockets

  • Official: 18 (12)
  • Two-way: 0
  • Total: 18

Indiana Pacers

  • Official: 17 (14)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 19

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Official: 18 (15)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Official: 17 (14)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 19

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Official: 19 (14)
  • Two-way: 1
  • Total: 20

Miami Heat

  • Official: 18 (14)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Official: 18 (14)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Official: 16 (13)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 18

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Official: 18 (12)
  • Two-way: 1
  • Total: 19

New York Knicks

  • Official: 18 (14)
  • Reported: 1 (Jeff Coby)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 21

Oklahoma City Thunder

Orlando Magic

  • Official: 18 (14)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Official: 18 (14)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Phoenix Suns

  • Official: 17 (14)
  • Two-way: 1
  • Total: 18

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Official: 18 (15)
  • Total: 18

Sacramento Kings

  • Official: 17 (15)
  • Two-way: 1
  • Total: 18

San Antonio Spurs

  • Official: 19 (15)
    • Note: Manu Ginobili‘s guaranteed contract will be included in this count until he’s officially waived.
  • Two-way: 1
  • Total: 20

Toronto Raptors

  • Official: 19 (13)
  • Two-way: 1
  • Total: 20

Utah Jazz

  • Official: 18 (14)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Washington Wizards

  • Official: 18 (14)
  • Two-way: 2
  • Total: 20

Information from Basketball Insiders was used in the creation of this post.

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