NBA Branching out to Africa

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NBA Africa Game 2017

Lowry, Porzingis Headline Second NBA Africa Game Roster

With the second NBA Africa Game fast approaching, the NBA and the NBPA announced on Thursday the full rosters for the Saturday, August 5 event, which takes place at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Team Africa, comprised of players born in Africa, as well as second-generation African players, will be led by team captain and Los Angeles Laker, Luol Deng, a native of south Sudan. They will take on Team World, a team which will be led by Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.

Team Africa’s roster is as follows:

  • Thabo Sefolosha, Utah Jazz (South African parent)
  • Bismack Biyombo, Orlando Magic (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Clint Capela, Houston Rockets (Parents from Angola and Congo)
  • Gorgui Dieng, Minnesota Timberwolves (Senegal)
  • Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers (Cameroon)
  • Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors (Congo)
  • Luc Mbah a Moute, Free Agent (Cameroon)
  • Salah Mejri, Dallas Mavericks (Tunisia)
  • Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers (parent of Nigeria)
  • Dennis Schroder, Atlanta Hawks (parent from The Gambia)

Team Africa will be matched by Team World, composed of the following NBA stars:

  • Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
  • Leonardo Barbosa, Free Agent
  • Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
  • Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets
  • DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
  • Courtney Lee, New York Knicks
  • Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
  • C.J. McCollum, Portland Trailblazers
  • Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Some of the NBA coaches that will be participating in the event will be Alvin Gentry, the head coach of the Pelicans, Erik Spoelstra, the head coach of the Miami Heat, and Michael Malone, the head coach of the Denver Nuggets. Raptors president of basketball operation Masai Ujiri will be present as well.

After a great first showcase, the NBA will try to build on last year’s success as they continue to make their presence felt in Africa.

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