In conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the NBA has announced the list of players who participate in the annual Africa Game held between African players and the world.
The friendly match Africa Game was first held in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
NBA Africa Game was first held in 2015
Africa Game is an event to celebrate the dedication of the colored community to the NBA as well as help spread and build more basketball culture to African countries. This is also considered one of the significant events, greatly affecting the basketball community.
Team Africa will consist of players from 54 African countries playing in the NBA. Meanwhile, the Team World will have the presence from many players around the planet, including the United States.
Dennis Schroder for Team Africa in 2017.
Key players in the African team
Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers, South Sudan), Ian Mahinmi (Washington Wizards, France, Benin descent), Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers, USA., Nigerian origin), Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Hornets, Congo), Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans, Mali), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers, Cameroon), Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic, France, Algerian descent), Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors, Congo), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Oklahoma City Thunder; France, descent Congo), and Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors, Cameroon).
Legendary Hia Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo attended the event.
The World lineup for Africa Game 2018 includes as follows.
John Collins (Atlanta Hawks, USA), JaVale McGee (Lakers; USA), Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks; USA.), Marvin Williams (Hornets; USA), Harrison Barnes (Mavericks, USA), Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers, Italy), Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs; USA), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; USA ), and Hassan Whiteside (Heat; USA.)
The man in charge of leading the African team is Juwan Howard, assistant manager of the Miami Heat. Bismack Biyombo and Joel Embiid are both Team Africa captains.
Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina will lead Team World. Rudy Gay and Khris Middleton were both captains.