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Africans in the running for the 2019-2020 season

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The 2019-2020 North American Basketball Championship (NBA) season begins on October 22. Thirty African players are expected to take part in NBA matches this year. Presentation.

BISMACK BIYOMBO

Respected basketball player on and off the court (he is the vice-president of the NBA players’ association), the Congolese does not seem less on the decline, in recent years. After one convincing 2015-2016 season in Toronto, the interior had signed fine contracts with the Orlando Magic (2016-2018) then the Charlotte Hornets (2018-ongoing). But he struggles to confirm the fact that he is more than a duty defender. Will he succeed, at 27?

CHEICK DIALLO

After three seasons with the Pelicans, “the Eagle” flew to Phoenix. At the Suns, the 23-year-old interior will have some playing time in positions 4 and 5. But he will not be the first option for a team that has had a string of mediocre seasons. A good career choice on the part of the Malian?

GORGUI DIENG

The Senegalese is entering his seventh season with the Timberwolves. But it’s as if his importance in Minneapolis has melted away like snow in the sun over the years. Competitors have piled up at his pivotal position. Result: the “Lion of Teranga” skates somewhat in a franchise with rather depressing results. Wouldn’t it be time for him to look elsewhere?

JOEL EMBIID

The Cameroonian had a hard time digesting the incredible elimination of his 76ers against the Toronto Raptors, in the 2019 play-offs. This season, however, Philadelphia seems to have strengthened, with the arrival in particular of Al Horford. The whimsical and fantastic pivot can therefore smile again. He is also attacking this 2019-2020 exercise with a brand new physique: the “Indomitable Lion” has lost ten kilos this summer.

EMMANUEL MUDIAY

Presented as a leader of great talent, the Congolese has struggled to confirm since his arrival in the NBA in 2015. However, after mixed stints with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks, Mudiay joined the Jazz, the one of the most structured and promising teams in the NBA. The 23-year-old full-back may not start there. And he will probably have to “pass the dishes” more than before. But his offensive qualities are welcome in Utah.

PASCAL SIAKAM

The best African in the NBA of the 2018-2019 season. The Cameroonian was logically voted the player with the most progress last summer, after the title of champion of the Raptors. With the departure of Kawhi Leonard from Toronto, the 25-year-old strong winger has every chance of becoming the number one offensive option for the Canadiens.

CHRIS SILVA OBAME

Like the Senegalese Tacko Fall and many other young Africans, the Gabonese signed a contract that does not guarantee him to play matches in the big league this season. This 23-year-old winger has indeed a good chance of spending the next few months in the G League, the antechamber of the NBA. However, his defensive qualities won over the Miami Heat. To the point of giving playing time to the “Panther”?


The other Africans* involved this season:

Bam ADEBAYO, American-Nigerian strong winger of the Miami Heat
Al Farouq AMINU, American-Nigerian Orlando Magic winger
Ogugua ANUNOBY, British-Nigerian winger for the Toronto Raptors
mohamed bambaAmerican-Ivorian pivot of the Orlando Magic
Bowl BOL, American-Sudanese pivot of the Denver Nuggets
Hamidou DIALLOAmerican-Guinean fullback for the Oklahoma City Thunder
Sékou DOUMBOUYA, Franco-Guinean winger for the Detroit Pistons
Tacko FALLSenegalese center for the Boston Celtics
Bruno FERNANDO, strong Angolan ally of the Atlanta Hawks
Wesley IWUNDU, American-Nigerian winger for the Orlando Magic
Mfiondu KABENGELE, Canadian-Congolese strong winger for the Los Angeles Clippers
Christ KOUMADJÉ, Chadian center for the Philadelphia 76ers
Matur MAKER, Australian-South Sudanese strong winger for the Houston Rockets
Thon MAKER, Australian-South Sudanese center for the Detroit Pistons
Chimezie METU, American-Nigerian strong winger for the San Antonio Spurs
Abdel NADER, American-Egyptian winger for the Oklahoma City Thunder
Georges NIANG, American-Senegalese winger of the Utah Jazz
Brroklyn Nets Nigerian-American fullback David NWABA
Semi OJELEYE, American-Nigerian winger for the Boston Celtics
Jahlil OKAFOR, American-Nigerian center for the Philadelphia 76ers
Josh OKOGIE, American-Nigerian second back for the Minnesota Timberwolves
KZ OKPALA, American-Nigerian Miami Heat winger
Victor OLADIPO, American-Nigerian rear of the Indiana Pacers
Miye ONI, Utah Jazz’s Nigerian-American second fullback
Bubu PALO, American-Burkinabe playmaker for the Miami Heat
Noah VONLEH, American-Liberian winger for the Minnesota Timberwolves

*We have selected African players or players with African origins who defend the colors of an African national team or are still likely to do so. This rules out players like Congolese-born Spaniard Serge Ibaka, for example.

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