The NBA and NBPA have announced the rosters for the first ever game to be played in Africa. The exhibition game will take place on August 1st at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. There will be a Team Africa — made up of players born in Africa and second-generation African players — and a Team World.
Luol Deng will captain Team Africa and is very excited for this opportunity. “I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA’s first game in Africa,” Deng said. “Coming from South Sudan and having participated in the Basketball without Borders Africa camps in Johannesburg previously, I am truly honoured to be part of this historic event.”
Team Africa’s roster looks like this:
Portland Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum, Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo, San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw , Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng, Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Sacramento Kings forward Luc Mbah a Moute.
Team World’s roster features these players:
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies forward Jeff Green, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics forward Evan Turner and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic.
Gregg Popovich of the Spurs will coach Team Africa and Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins will lead Team World. The game will benefit charities such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.