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John Collins selected to participate in NBA Africa Game 2018

An honor for the young big man.

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

On Aug. 4, the Atlanta Hawks will be represented in the NBA Africa Game 2018, with second-year big man John Collins participating on “Team World” in a contest against “Team Africa.” The game will take place at Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, South Africa and it is the third game in African in conjunction with both the NBA and NBPA.

Team Africa will be composed of players born in Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, with Team World made up of players from the rest of the world. Team Africa will be coached by Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard and Team World will be coached by Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina (Italy).

Here are the full rosters in alphabetical order.

Team Africa

  • Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.; parents from Nigeria)
  • Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Hornets; Democratic Republic of the Congo)*
  • Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers; South Sudan)
  • Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans; Mali)
  • Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011)*
  • Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic; France; parent from Algeria)
  • Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors; Republic of the Congo)
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Oklahoma City Thunder; France; parent from Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Ian Mahinmi (Washington Wizards; France; parent from Benin)
  • Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012)

Team World

  • Harrison Barnes (Mavericks; U.S.)
  • John Collins (Atlanta Hawks; U.S.)
  • Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers; Italy; BWB Europe 2003)
  • Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs; U.S.)
  • JaVale McGee (Lakers; U.S.)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.)
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.)
  • Hassan Whiteside (Heat; U.S.)
  • Marvin Williams (Hornets; U.S.)