Jaylen Brown of the Celtics will be part of an NBA contingent traveling to Africa to play in the league’s second game on the continent, an exhibition contest on Aug. 5 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
NBA Africa Game 2017 was announced Thursday by the league and its players' association.
Brown, about to enter his second season with the Celtics, will play for Team World, captained by Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, against Team Africa, captained by Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers; South Sudan) and Thabo Sefolosha (most recently with the Atlanta Hawks; Switzerland; South African parent).
The game will benefit UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA). The NBA’s first Africa Game was in 2015 and Celtics coach Brad Stevens was part of the league’s contingent there.
Brown, Nowitzki and Walker will be joined on Team World by Leandro Barbosa (most recently with the Phoenix Suns; Brazil), Wilson Chandler (Nuggets; US), DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans; US), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons; US), Courtney Lee (New York Knicks; US), Kyle Lowry (Raptors; US), CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers; US) and Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks; Latvia).
Joining Deng and Sefolosha on Team Africa will be Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic; Democratic Republic of Congo), Clint Capela (Houston Rockets; Switzerland; parents from Angola and Congo), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon), Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors; Congo), Luc Mbah a Moute (most recently with the LA Clippers; Cameroon), Salah Mejri (Dallas Mavericks; Tunisia), Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets; DRC), Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers; US.; Nigerian parent) and Dennis Schroder (Atlanta Hawks; Germany; Gambian parent).