The NBA earlier today announced the full team list for Team Africa and Team World ahead of the second NBA Africa Game scheduled for Saturday 5 August at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Team Africa which comprises of players born in Africa and second-generation African players will be led Luol Deng and Thabo Sefolosha while Team World will comprise of players from the rest of the world and will be led by Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker.
Here is are the full team lists;
1. Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers; South Sudan)
2. Thabo Sefolosha (most recently with Atlanta Hawks; Switzerland; parent from South Africa).
3. Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic; Democratic Republic of the Congo)
4. Clint Capela (Houston Rockets; Switzerland; parents from Angola and Congo)
5. Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal; BWB Africa 2009)
6. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011)*
7. Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors; Congo),
8. Luc Mbah a Moute (most recently with LA Clippers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2003)
9. Salah Mejri (Dallas Mavericks; Tunisia)
10. Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets; Democratic Republic of the Congo)
11. Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers; U.S.; parent from Nigeria)
12. Dennis Schroder (Hawks; Germany; parent from The Gambia).
1. Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks; Germany)
2. Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets; U.S.)
3. Leandro Barbosa (most recently with the Phoenix Suns; Brazil)
4. Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics; U.S.)
5. Wilson Chandler (Nuggets; U.S.)
6. DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans; U.S.)
7. Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons; U.S.)
8. Courtney Lee (New York Knicks; U.S.)
9. Kyle Lowry (Raptors; U.S.)
10. CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.)
11. Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks; Latvia).
*will not play
Some of the players will be returning to Africa having participated in the maiden edition in 2015. For some, this will be their first time in the continent.
“I’ve heard so many great things from players around the league who traveled to South Africa in 2015 for the first NBA Africa Game and Basketball without Borders. I can’t wait to suit up for Team World in Johannesburg this summer” - CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers/Team World)
"I can’t wait to make my first trip to Africa and join Dirk in leading Team World. Playing in an NBA game in Africa will be a special moment I’ll remember for the rest of my life” - Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets/Team World)
For fans in South Africa and visiting fans, tickets are avilable ticketpro.co.za. The game will also be streamed live on all Kwese platforms including Kwesé Free Sports, Kwesé Sports, Kwesé partners Soweto TV (South Africa), Canal+ Afrique (Francophone Africa) and other select free-to-air channels, Kwesesports.com, and the Kwesé app.
“Kwesé is fast becoming the destination of choice for sports fanatics across sub-Saharan Africa, and the ability to exclusively carry NBA content, including NBA Africa Game 2017, on all Kwesé platforms is indicative of the strides we are making in the sports and broadcast industries” - Strive Masiyiwa (Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet)
Other activities scheduled for the NBA Africa Game 2017 include 15th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa.
Let the countdown begin