Team Africa vs. Team World Rosters Released for 2017 NBA Africa Game

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2017

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki and New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis will lead Team World against a Team Africa squad headlined by Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Los Angeles Lakers forward Luol Deng in the 2017 NBA Africa Game on Aug. 5.

The NBA and the Players Association announced the complete rosters for the event, which will take place from the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, next month.

Here's a look at the full list of players for each side:


Team World

Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)

Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)

Leandro Barbosa (Free Agent)

Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)

Wilson Chandler (Denver Nuggets)

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DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans)

Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)

Courtney Lee (New York Knicks)

Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)

CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)

Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks)


Team Africa

Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers)

Thabo Sefolosha (Utah Jazz)

Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic)

Clint Capela (Houston Rockets)

Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Will Not Play)

Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors)

Luc Mbah a Moute (Houston Rockets)

Salah Mejri (Dallas Mavericks)

Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets)

Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers)

Dennis Schroder (Atlanta Hawks)


"Basketball is witnessing explosive growth in Africa," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "Our return to Johannesburg this summer is part of the league's continued commitment to bring the authentic NBA experience to fans around the world. I would like to thank the NBPA for their participation and for being terrific partners on this game and surrounding events."

It's the second edition of the event. Team World scored an entertaining 101-97 victory over Team Africa in 2015. Chris Paul was named MVP of the World side with 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals, while Deng took the honor for the African squad with 20 points.

Deng is back to defend his MVP award in the rematch alongside a Team Africa group that features a lot of size and versatility.

"I'm thrilled to be coming back to Johannesburg to lead Team Africa alongside Thabo," he said in the roster announcement. "The first NBA Africa Game in 2015 was a lot of fun, and it will be a privilege to play in front of our African fans once again."

In addition to bringing some of the NBA stars closer to their African fans, the game will also provide support to UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children's Villages South Africa.

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