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The NBA Africa Game 2018 comes against the backdrop of the 16th edition of the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa. This year’s game will be in honor of Nelson Mandela and will be played in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

The NBA Africa Game 2018, now in its third year running, has previously held two sold-out sessions in Johannesburg in 2015 and 2017. All the games have been in support of a noble charitable course including the Nelson Mandela Foundation, UNICEF, SOS Children’s Villages South Africa and Boys and Girls Clubs of South Africa.NBA Africa Game 2018 + pretoria + south africa

The full roster of basketball players and coaches who will be participating in the NBA Africa Game 2018, the third time the game will be held in Africa, was unveiled last Friday. The announcement after the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) reached a consensus on the list of players. The game will kickoff Sunday, August 5th at 1AM AEST at the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, South Africa.

Like the previous two games, this year’s NBA Africa Game will feature Team Africa vs. Team World format. The Team Africa will be made up of players born in Africa or players playing professional basketball outside Africa but have direct family ties to the continent. While Team World will be made up of players from all over the world; and have no direct link to Africa.

Without more blub, below is the list of players for both Team Africa and Team World.

Team Africa

The Team Africa’s head coach will be Juwan Howard (USA)

Player Team Home Country
Al-Farouq Aminu Portland Trail Blazers USA – Parents from Nigeria
Bismack Biyombo Charlotte Hornets D.R. Congo
Luol Deng Los Angeles Lakers South Sudan
Cheick Diallo New Orleans Pelicans Mali
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon
Evan Fournier Orlando Magic France – Parent from Algeria
Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors D.R. Congo
Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot Oklahoma City Thunder France – Parent from D.R Congo
Ian Mahinmi Washington Wizards France – Parent from Benin
Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors Cameroon

 

Team World

The head coach will be Ettore Messina (Italy)

Player Team Home Country
Harrison Barnes Dallas Mavericks USA
John Collins Atlanta Hawks USA
Danilo Gallinari Los Angeles Clippers Italy
Rudy Gay San Antonio Spurs USA
JaVale McGee Los Angeles Lakers USA
Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks USA
Dennis Smith Jr. Dallas Mavericks USA
Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat USA
Marvin Williams Charlotte Hornets USA

 

The Toronto Raptors will be accompanied by the team’s President, Masai Ujiri (Nigeria) and two assistant coaches Patrick Mutombo (D.R. Congo) and Andria Griffin. The assistant coaches in this game will be Bill Bayno (Indiana Pacers), Harold Ellis (New York Knicks), Adrian Griffin (Raptors), Mark Hughes (Clippers), B.J. Johnson (Houston Rockets) and David Vanterpool (Trail Blazers).

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There are over 80 current and former NBA players who are from Africa or have direct family ties to the continent. That includes Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) and Dikembe Mutombo, both, who are featured on the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers.

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