Getting to know the NBA newbies

Rosters were finalized late Monday, and quite a few unfamiliar players ended up making NBA teams. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, the injured list has been scrapped in favor of an inactive list, which can change from game to game. Teams can keep up to three players on the inactive list, carrying a maximum of 15 on their roster. San Antonio, Sacramento and Atlanta open the season with only 13 slots filled, while Toronto and Golden State have 14. Everyone else is carrying 15.

A look at a few of the NBA's lesser-known newcomers:

Boniface N'dong, Clippers (inactive list)
This gangly 7-footer from Senegal by way of Germany, France and the Nuggets' summer league team earned a spot backing up Chris Kaman and Chris Wilcox by averaging 7.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in five exhibition games. The 27-year-old, who didn't begin playing basketball until he was 18, speaks five languages. He is one of four rookies on the Clips' roster, joining first-rounder Yaroslav Korolev, Murray State forward James Singleton and Duke point guard Daniel Ewing, who shot 10-for-15 on 3-pointers in the preseason.