Toronto Raptors

Final rosters for third NBA Africa Game announced

NEW YORK AND JOHANNESBURG - The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Friday the full roster of players and coaches who will participate in the NBA Africa Game 2018, the NBA's third game in Africa, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 4 at 11:00 am EST at Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, South Africa.

The Toronto Raptors will be represented in the NBA Africa game by Serge Ibaka (Republic of the Congo) and Pascal Siakam (Cameroon). Siakam participated in Basketball Without Borders in 2012. President Masai Ujiri (Nigeria), along with assistant coaches Adrian Griffin and Patrick Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), will also represent Toronto.

The NBA Africa Game 2018 will once again feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format. Team Africa will be composed of players born in Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, and Team World will be composed of players from the rest of the world.

Team Africa

Player Team Home Country
Al-Farouq Aminu Portland Trail Blazers USA; parents from Nigeria
Bismack Biyombo Charlotte Hornets Democratic Republic of the Congo
Luol Deng Los Angeles Lakers South Sudan
Cheick Diallo New Orleans Pelicans Mali
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon
Evan Fournier Orlando Magic France; parent from Algeria
Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors Republic of the Congo
Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot Oklahoma City Thunder France; parent from Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ian Mahinmi Washington Wizards France; parent from Benin
Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors Cameroon

Head coach: Juwan Howard (USA)

Team World

Player Team Home Country
Harrison Barnes Dallas Mavericks USA
John Collins Atlanta Hawks USA
Danilo Gallinari Los Angeles Clippers Italy
Rudy Gay San Antonio Spurs USA
JaVale McGee Los Angeles Lakers USA
Khris Middleton Milwaukee Bucks USA
Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat USA
Marvin Williams Charlotte Hornets USA

Head coach: Ettore Messina (Italy)

Also participating in the game will be NBA assistant coaches Bill Bayno (Indiana Pacers), Harold Ellis (New York Knicks), Adrian Griffin (Raptors), Mark Hughes (Clippers), B.J. Johnson (Houston Rockets), Patrick Mutombo (Raptors; Democratic Republic of the Congo) and David Vanterpool (Trail Blazers), Raptors President Masai Ujiri (Nigeria), Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka, Magic Director of Player Development and Quality Control Becky Bonner, Magic scout Prosper Karangwa (Rwanda), athletic trainers Will Sevening (Spurs) and Stanford Williams (Phoenix Suns), as well as NBA referees Tony Brothers and Derrick Stafford.

NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will attend the game along with Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia), Jerryd Bayless (76ers), Garrett Temple (Memphis Grizzlies), and former WNBA players Swin Cash, Astou N'Diaye (Senegal), Allison Feaster, Clarisse Machanguana (Mozambique) and Ruth Riley.

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.

The NBA has held two sold-out Africa Games, in Johannesburg in 2015 and 2017, in support of charities including the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children's Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA) and UNICEF. There are more than 80 current and former NBA players from Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, including Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) and Dikembe Mutombo.

For more information, fans can register at, visit, and follow the NBA on Facebook (NBA Africa) and Twitter (@NBA_Africa).

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