Mavericks F Nowitzki named co-captain for 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

The game will take place in Johannesburg.

Dirk Nowitzki, the career scoring leader among worldwide players, will be one of the captains for the NBA's Africa Game on August 5. Lakers forward Luol Deng and Hawks wing Thabo Sefolosha will captain Team Africa. The NBA held its first exhibition in South Africa in 2015, which featured players of African descent taking on players who hail from the United States or other countries.

In February, the National Basketball Association and NBPA announced that Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic, Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets, Democratic Republic of the Congo) will play for Team Africa, and that CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers, U.S.) will play for Team World.

Born in Wau, South Sudan, Deng has been involved with numerous charities aiming to give back to his home region.

"I'm really excited to represent Team World in the second NBA Africa Game this summer", Nowitzki said in a statement. "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 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. Also, this game will be organized with the help of UNICEF, Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS children's villages in South Africa.

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