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Dirk Nowitzki to serve as a captain in NBA Africa Game

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki left and teammate Wesley Matthews laugh during pre-game warm up before an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix. Nowitzki the career scoring leader amon Dirk Nowitzki to serve as a captain in NBA Africa Game
Danilo Martir | 20 Junio, 2017, 11:36

Deng, a two-time NBA All-Star and Team Africa captain at NBA Africa Game 2015, and Sefolosha, will lead Team Africa. Lakers forward Luol Deng and Hawks wing Thabo Sefolosha will captain Team Africa. "It's great to see how the game is growing across the continent, and I'm honored to be a part of this historic event".

The sold-out NBA Africa Game 2015, the first NBA game on the continent, took place August 1, 2015, at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg.

Deng was named the game's co-MVP back in 2015 alongside Team World's Chris Paul.

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NBA Africa Game 2017, which will take place in Johannesburg, will once again feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format and will be played in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children's Villages South Africa.

Nowitzki is a 13-time All-Star. "There are so many talented African players in the league and it will be an honor to lead them". Bismack Biyombo, a former Charlotte Bobcat and a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was previously announced as playing for the African team.

Team World will also include American C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers.

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The game follows the 15th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa, where NBA coaches and players educate young players from Africa on the game of basketball and important issues, such as education and HIV/AIDS prevenetion.

More than 70 players from Africa or of African heritage have played in the National Basketball Association, including Nigerian-born star Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who both played in the 2015 contest at the Ellis Park Arena.

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