Marcus Smart, Evan Turner To Play NBA Showcase In Africa; Brad Stevens To Coach


Jul 16, 2015

Before the Boston Celtics visit Italy, Spain and Mexico later this year, three members of the organization also will be making a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in the NBA Africa Game 2015.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart and swingman Evan Turner will play in the showcase as members of Team World, and coach Brad Stevens will serve as an assistant on the squad under Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins, the league announced Thursday.

The event, which will be held Aug. 1 and benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, pits one team of NBA players from around the world against Team Africa — a collection of first- and second-generation African players.

Here are the rosters for both teams:

Team Africa
Al-Farouq Aminu
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Nicolas Batum
Luol Deng
Bismack Biyombo
Boris Diaw
Gorgui Dieng
Festus Ezeli
Serge Ibaka
Luc Mbah a Moute

Team World
Bradley Beal
Kenneth Faried
Marc Gasol
Pau Gasol
Jeff Green
Marcus Smart
Evan Turner
Nikola Vucevic

The Celtics will play two preseason games in Europe this October — one in Italy against Olimpia Milano and another in Spain against Real Madrid — and a regular-season game in Mexico City against the Sacramento Kings this December.

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

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