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Deng, Paul to captain Team Africa and Team World - Apr 23, 2015


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Luol Deng
.. In first NBA Game in Africa

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Tuesday that the NBA's first game in Africa will take place August 1st this year at Ellis Park Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa. The announcement was made at a press briefing in Johannesburg by NBA Africa Vice President and Managing Director Amadou Gallo Fall alongside South Africa Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula and United States Ambassador to South Africa Patrick S. Gaspard.

The game will feature a Team Africa against Team World format and will be played in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children's Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Team Africa will comprise players from Africa and second generation African players while Team World will have players from the rest of the world. The game will air live in Africa on SuperSport.

Eight-time NBA All-Star and NBPA President Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers will serve as Team World's captain and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng of the Miami Heat South Sudan-born will serve as Team Africa's captain.

NBA executives, coaches, general managers and legends will also participate, including: 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year Mike Budenholzer of the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets Coach Lionel Hollins, Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King, NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Africa Ambassador Hakeem Olajuwon, San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens, Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri and New Orleans Pelicans Coach Monty Williams.

Full rosters of players, coaches and legends, along with ticket information will be announced at a later date.

The game will take place following the 13th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa, the NBA and FIBA's global basketball development programme that has reached 1,000 campers from 31 African countries since 2003.

The NBA family led by the current and former players and coaches will also be participating in extensive community outreach efforts throughout the week including the creation of places where kids and families can live, learn or play in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa and the SOS Children's Villages Association of South Africa that will leave lasting legacies in the community.

More than 35 players from Africa have played in the NBA since Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Champion Hakeem Olajuwon was drafted in 1984. The league has hosted events on the continent since 1993 and in 2010 opened its first office in Johannesburg. NBA Cares has built 38 places to live, learn or play on the continent. Luol Deng (206-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke)   



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 1. USA
 2. Serbia
 3. France
 4. Lithuania
 5. Spain
 6. Brazil
 7. Slovenia
 8. Turkey
 9. Greece
 10. Croatia
 11. Argentina
 12. Australia
 13. Dominican R.
 14. Mexico
 15. N.Zealand
 16. Senegal
 17. Angola
 18. Ukraine
 19. P.Rico
 20. Iran
 21. Philippines
 22. Finland
 23. S.Korea
 24. Egypt
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Barea, PUR22.0 
 2. Blatche, USA21.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, BIH21.2 
 4. Gasol, ESP20.0 
 5. Scola, ARG19.5 
 6. Haddadi,18.8 
 7. Moreira, ANG17.8 
 8. Ayon, MEX17.6 
 9. Garcia, DOM17.6 
 10. Baynes, AUS16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andray BLATCHE
  USA
  (211-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Blatche, USA13.8 
 2. Haddadi,11.4 
 3. Dieng, SEN10.7 
 4. Bourousis, GRE9.2 
 5. Scola, ARG8.5 
 6. Valanciunas, LTU8.4 
 7. Asik, TUR8.4 
 8. Moreira, ANG8.2 
 9. Varejao, BRA8.0 
 10. Faried,7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Petteri KOPONEN
  FIN
  (194-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Koponen, FIN5.8 
 2. Dalmeida, SEN5.3 
 3. Rubio, ESP5.1 
 4. Jeter, USA5.0 
 5. Teodosic, SRB4.4 
 6. Nikkhah Bahr.,4.4 
 7. Zisis, GRE4.3 
 8. Campazzo, ARG4.3 
 9. Dragic, SLO4.3 
 10. Prigioni, ARG4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  ESP
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rubio, ESP3.6 
 2. Kamrani, IRI2.6 
 3. Harden,2.1 
 4. Balkman, USA2.0 
 5. Irving, AUS1.9 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.8 
 7. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 8. Ingles, AUS1.8 
 9. Saric, CRO1.7 
 10. Barbosa, BRA1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Pau GASOL
  ESP
  (213-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 2. Davis,2.1 
 3. Kim,2.0 
 4. N'Diaye, SEN1.8 
 5. Asik, TUR1.6 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.5 
 7. Vargas,1.5 
 8. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 9. Ibaka, CGO1.3 
 10. Garcia, DOM1.2 
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