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The 2015 NBA Africa Game was an exhibition basketball game played on August 1, 2015 in Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was the first NBA game, and the first game involving any major North American professional sports league, to take place on the continent of Africa. It was contested between Team Africa, featuring NBA players and alumni that were born in or had parents born in Africa, and Team World, featuring NBA players from the rest of the world. [1]

NBA Africa Game 2015
NBA Africa Game 2015 logo.jpg
1234 Total
Team World 17212439 101
Team Africa 30262219 97
DateAugust 1, 2015
VenueEllis Park Arena,
Johannesburg, South Africa
MVPSouth Sudan Luol Deng
United States Chris Paul
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Team World won the exhibition game by a score of 101–97.


  • CAP^ Deng was the captain for Team Africa.[1]
  • CAP^ Paul was the captain for Team World.[4]
  • INJ^ Ibaka was unable to participate because of injury.[1]

Coaches and managersEdit

San Antonio Spurs head coach, three-time NBA Coach of the Year, and five time NBA champion Gregg Popovich coached Team Africa, including his team's Boris Diaw. Mike Budenholzer, who was named Coach of the Year for the prior NBA season, and Monty Williams served as assistant coaches for the African side. Billy King, general manager for the Brooklyn Nets, held that position for Africa along with former NBA Executive of the Year and Nigerian native Masai Ujiri of the Toronto Raptors.

Team World was coached by Lionel Hollins and assistant Brad Stevens. They were managed by Spurs' general manager R. C. Buford.[4]


  1. ^ Aminu was born in the United States, but his parents are from Nigeria.[2]
  2. ^ Antetokounmpo was born in Greece and holds Greek nationality, but his parents are from Nigeria.[2]
  3. ^ Batum holds French nationality, but his father is from Cameroon.[2]
  4. ^ Diaw holds French nationality, but his father is from Senegal.[2]
  5. ^ Deng holds British nationality, but he was born in what is now South Sudan.[2]
  6. ^ Ibaka represents Spain in international competition, but he was born in the Republic of the Congo.[2]
  7. ^ Mohammed was born in the United States, but his parents were born in Ghana.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Daniels, Tim. "NBA Africa Game 2015: Date, Venue, Rosters and More". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Paul, Deng, Gasol brothers headline first NBA game in Africa". NBA. Retrieved 19 July 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Dikembe Mutombo, Hakeem Olajuwon come off the bench for Team Africa". 1 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b Mahoney, Brian. "Popovich to coach, Gasols to play in NBA's 1st Africa game". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 19 July 2015.