NBA Africa Game 2017 featuring Jaylen Brown, several former Celtics

The league has recently announced its full rosters for the NBA Africa Game 2017, the second such event held by the league in a region of the world where interest in he sport is growing rapidly.

Included on Team World is the Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, who will join former Celtics Leandro Barbosa, Courtney Lee and current Celtics trainer Ed Lacerte in Johannesburg, South Africa after the 15th iteration of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa to play Team Africa on August 5th, 2017, which is populated by NBA players from or born to parents from Africa.

Team Africa's full roster includes Luol Deng (South Sudan) and Thabo Sefolosha (South African parent) as captains, joined by Bismack Biyombo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Clint Capela (Angolan and Congolese parents), Gorgui Dieng (Senegal), Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Serge Ibaka (Congo), Luc Mbah a Moute (Cameroon), Salah Mejri (Tunisia), Emmanuel Mudiay (Democratic Republic of Congo), Victor Oladipo (Nigerian parent) and Dennis Schroder (Gambian parent).

Team World's full roster in addition to Brown (USA), Barbosa (Brazil), and Lee (USA) consists of captains Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) and Kemba Walker (USA) plus Wilson Chandler (USA), DeMarcus Cousins (USA), Andre Drummond (USA), Kyle Lowry (USA), CJ McCollum (USA) and Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia).

The absence of Canadian players in a league with a Canadian team is noteworthy. Perhaps in future editions, the event will consider adding a player like ex-Celtic Kelly Olynyk to Team World's roster for good measure.

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