Nicolas Batum will join former Charlotte players Bismack Biyombo and Boris Diaw on Team Africa in the inaugural NBA Africa game, Batum announced via his Instagram Thursday morning.
Representing Team Africa along with Batum, Biyombo and Diaw will be Luol Deng of the Miami Heat (who will captain the team), Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Al-Farouq Aminu of the Portland Trail Blazers, Festus Ezeli of the Golden State Warriors, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of the Sacramento Kings and Gorgui Dieng of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Gregg Popovich will coach the team.
Team World will be comprised of Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls, Marc Gasol and Jeff Green of the Memphis Grizzlies, Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets, Marcus Smart and Evan Turner of the Boston Celtics and Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic. The team will be coached by Lionel Hollins of the Brooklyn Nets.
The game, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 1, is an exhibition between first- and second-generation players from Africa taking on other players from around the world and will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children's Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The game will be televised live on ESPN.
Batum was born in Liseux, France, but his late father, Henry (a former French basketball player), was born in Cameroon.