2018 NBA Africa Game – Honouring Nelson Mandela

Maher Mezahi

On Saturday, July 27, the NBA published the list of rosters that will take part in this year’s NBA Africa Game. Team Africa will take on Team World on August 4th in Pretoria, South Africa.


The game will be the NBA’s 3rd in 4 years. All three NBA Africa Games have been played in South Africa, though this year will be the first time the game will be played in Pretoria.


WATCH: Highlights of 2017 NBA Africa game


Several players will be making their respective debuts including Orlando Magic shooting guard, Evan Fournier, who will represent Algeria.




G – Al Farouq Aminu (Portland Trailblazers; Nigeria)
G – Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic; Algeria)
G – Luol Deng (LA Lakers; South Sudan)
G – Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Oklahoma City Thunder; DR Congo)
F – Ian Mahinmi (Washington Wizards; Benin)
F – Bismack Miyombo (Orlando Magic; DR Congo)
F – Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans; Mali)
C – Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon)




G – John Collins (Atlanta Hawks; U.S.A.)
G – Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.A.)
G – Marvin Williams (Charlotte Hornets; U.S.A.)
G – Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.A.)
F – Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.A.)
F – Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers; Italy)
F – Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs; U.S.A.)
C – Javale McGee (LA Lakers; U.S.A.)
C – Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat; U.S.A.)



The NBA Africa Game 2018 will take place following the 16th edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa.  In honour of the centenary of Nelson Mandela, the game will be played in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.