Sefolosha named team captain for 2017 NBA Africa Game

by: Zach Klein Updated:

Thabo Sefolosha #25 of the Atlanta Hawks in action against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on January 10, 2017 in New York City.
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ATLANTA - The NBA announced Monday that Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha will serve as a team captain for the 2017 NBA Africa Game.

Sefolosha, an 11-year NBA veteran whose father was born in South Africa, joins Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks; Germany), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets; U.S.) and Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers; South Sudan) as team captains.

Nowitzki, a 13-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA Champion, along with Walker, a 2017 NBA All-Star, will co-captain Team World.  Deng, a two-time NBA All-Star and Team Africa captain at NBA Africa Game 2015, and Sefolosha, will lead Team Africa.

“Having South African roots, it’s a dream come true to return to South Africa to play in an NBA game," Sefolosha said. "There are so many talented African players in the league, and it will be an honor to lead them on August 5 in Johannesburg.” 

The NBA’s second game in Africa is scheduled for Saturday, August 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.