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Hey, NBA fans looking to watch some more NBA action to get hyped for the 2017-18 season. Look no further, this Saturday, August 5th at 11 am EST, the NBA Africa vs World Game kicks off on ESPN2. Last, NBA Africa vs World Game in 2015 saw the World defeating Africa 101-97.
So, this isn’t necessarily an All-Star game. There is defense involved and this year there will be more star power than 2015 previously featured. There has not been much hype surrounding this game and that’s a shame. This marks only the 2nd NBA game to ever be played on Africa’s soil. The last game was sold out.

Here’s a proposition for you. Instead of spending your Saturday morning sleeping in or playing 2K and schooling newbs. Drop the controller and ditch the pillow for the can’t miss basketball event of the summer.

Here are the rosters of Team Africa and Team World respectively.

 

TEAM AFRICA ROSTER

Luol Deng

Captain of Team Africa. Deng was born in South Sudan. Deng previously played for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he averaged 7.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg on 39% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Thabo Sefolosha

Captain of Team Africa. Sefolosha was born in Switzerland but has South African descent on one of his parent’s side. Sefolosha previously played for the Atlanta Hawks, where he averaged 7.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, and 1.5 spg on 44% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Bismack Biyombo

Member of Team Africa. Biyombo was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Biyombo previously played for the Orlando Magic, where he averaged 6 ppg, 7 rpg, and 1.1 bpg on 53% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Clint Capela

Member of Team Africa. Capela was born in Switzerland but has descent from Angola and Congo on each of his parent’s sides. Capela previously played for the Houston Rockets, where he averaged 12.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg, and 1.2 bpg on 64% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Gorgui Dieng

Member of Team Africa. Dieng was born in Senegal. Dieng previously played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he averaged 10 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.2 bpg, and 1.1 spg on 50% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Joel Embiid

Member of Team Africa. Embiid was born in Cameroon. Embiid previously played for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he averaged 20.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, and 2.5 bpg on 47% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Serge Ibaka

Member of Team Africa. Ibaka was born in Congo. Ibaka previously played for the Toronto Raptors, where he averaged 14.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, and 1.4 bpg on 46% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Luc Mbah a Moute

Member of Team Africa. Mbah a Moute was born in Cameroon. Mbah a Moute previously played for the Los Angeles Clippers, where he averaged 6.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, and 1 spg on 51% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Salah Mejri

Member of Team Africa. Mejri was born in Tunisia. Mejri previously played for the Dallas Mavericks, where he averaged 2.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg on 64% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Emmanuel Mudiay

Member of Team Africa. Mudiay was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mudiay previously played for the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged 11 ppg, 3.9 apg, and 3.3 rpg on 38% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Victor Oladipo

Member of Team Africa. Oladipo has African descent, as one of his parents is from Nigeria. Oladipo previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he averaged 15.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, and 1.2 spg on 44% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Dennis Schroder

Member of Team Africa. Schroder was born in Germany but has a parent from the Gambia. Schroder previously played for the Atlanta Hawks, where he averaged 17.9 ppg, 6.3 apg, and 3.1 rpg on 45% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

 

TEAM WORLD ROSTER

Dirk Nowitzki

Captain of Team World. Nowitzki was born in Germany. Nowitzki previously played for the Dallas Mavericks, where he averaged 14.2 ppg and 6.5 rpg on 44% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Kemba Walker

Captain of Team World. Walker was born in the U.S. Walker previously played for the Charlotte Hornets, where he averaged 23.2 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.9 rpg, and 1.1 spg on 44% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Leandro Barbosa

Member of Team World. Barbosa was born in Brazil. Barbosa previously played for the Phoenix Suns, where he averaged 6.3 ppg and 1.6 rpg on 44% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Jaylen Brown

Member of Team World. Brown was born in the U.S. Brown previously played for the Boston Celtics, where he averaged 6.6 ppg, and 2.8 rpg on 45% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Wilson Chandler

Member of Team World. Chandler was born in the U.S. Chandler previously played for the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged 15.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, and 2 apg on 46% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

DeMarcus Cousins

Member of Team World. Cousins was born in the U.S. Cousins previously played for the New Orleans Pelicans, where he averaged 24.4 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg, and 1.1 bpg on 45% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Andre Drummond

Member of Team World. Drummond was born in the U.S. Drummond previously played for the Detroit Pistons, where he averaged 13.6 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 1.5 spg, and 1.1 bpg on 53% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Courtney Lee

Member of Team World. Lee was born in the U.S. Lee previously played for the New York Knicks, where he averaged 10.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, and 1.1 spg on 46% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Kyle Lowry

Member of Team World. Lowry was born in the U.S. Lowry previously played for the Toronto Raptors, where he averaged 22.4 ppg, 7 rpg, 4.4 rpg, and 1.5 spg on 46% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

CJ McCollum

Member of Team World. McCollum was born in the U.S. McCollum previously played for the Portland Trail Blazers, where he averaged 23 ppg, 3.6 rpg, and 3.6 apg on 48% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Kristaps Porzingis

Member of Team World. Porzingis was born in Latvia. Porzingis previously played for the New York Knicks, where he averaged 18.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, and 2 bpg on 45% shooting during the 2016-17 season.

Team Africa will definitely be the underdogs heading into Saturday’s game, but believe me when I say anything can happen. This event will showcase the global talent, the NBA has accumulated over the years playing on a grand stage. Be sure to tune in to ESPN2 Saturday morning to see your some of your favorite global players compete head to head. This should be a good one.

From a scouting perspective, Team Africa seems like it will a defensive minded and lengthy squad. On the other end, Team World will have the edge in star power and be more offensive minded with great spacing.

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