Deng to Serve as Captain at NBA Africa Game 2017

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki left and teammate Wesley Matthews laugh during pre-game warm up before an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix. Nowitzki the career scoring leader amon

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki left and teammate Wesley Matthews laugh during pre-game warm up before an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix. Nowitzki the career scoring leader amon

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

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association announced Monday that Nowitzki, who is from Germany, will be a co-captain of Team World along with Charlotte Hornets All-Star Kemba Walker. Others to serve as captains: Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki, Atlanta Hawk Thabo Sefolosha and Los Angeles Laker Luol Deng. "The first NBA Africa Game in 2015 was a lot of fun, and it will be a privilege to play in front of our African fans once again".

Sefolosha, who is from Switzerland, has one parent who is from South Africa.

Born in Wau, South Sudan, Deng has been involved with numerous charities aiming to give back to his home region. Explosive point guard never played in Africa before.

Walker and Nowitzki will be joined by CJ McCollum on Team World. "It's great to see how the game is growing across the continent, and I'm honored to be a part of this historic event".

Nowitzki is a 13-time NBA All-Star and 2011 NBA champion.

The game follows the 15th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa, where NBA coaches and players educate young players from Africa on the game of basketball and important issues, such as education and HIV/AIDS prevenetion. "There are so many talented African players in the league and it will be an honor to lead them".

The game will benefit UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children's Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA).