Vincent, Nwora, Achiuwa, Okogie, and 12 other players of Nigerian heritage to participate as NBA Playoffs commence this weekend
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Vincent, Nwora, Achiuwa, Okogie, and 12 other players of Nigerian heritage to participate as NBA Playoffs commence this weekend

Including former D'Tigers player and current Celtics coach Ime Udoka

Nigeria men’s basketball players (D’Tigers) Gabe Vincent, Jordan Nwora, Precious Achiuwa, and Josh Okogie will be in action for their various teams when the NBA Playoffs start this weekend.

At least 16 players of Nigerian heritage (this includes D’Tigers players, Nigeria eligibles, and those playing for other countries) will be in action as the post-season games start this weekend.

Also as a coach, former D’Tigers player Ime Udoka will be leading Boston Celtics as they push for their 18th NBA title.

In this article, SportsRation highlights all the players of Nigerian heritage from each team.

Miami Heat

Gabe Vincent
Bam Adebayo
Victor Oladipo

Boston Celtics

Coach Ime Udoka

Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Jordan Nwora

Toronto Raptors

Precious Achiuwa
OG Anunoby

Chicago Bulls

Ayo Dosunmu

Atlanta Hawks

Onyeka Okongwu

Phoenix Suns

Deandre Ayton

Memphis Grizzlies

Desmond Bane

Golden State Warriors

Andre Iguodala

Utah Jazz

Udoka Azubuike

Denver Nuggets

Zeke Nnaji

Minnesota Timberwolves

Josh Okogie

The first-round fixtures will see some of the players facing one another in the early stages.

East

(1) Miami Heat v (8) Atlanta Hawks
(2) Boston Celtics v (7) Brooklyn Nets
(3) Milwaukee Bucks v (6) Chicago Bulls
(4) Philadelphia Sixers v (5) Toronto Raptors

West
(1) Phoenix Suns v (8) New Orleans Pelicans
(2) Memphis Grizzlies v (7) Minnesota Timberwolves
(3) Golden State Warriors v (6) Denver Nuggets
(4) Dallas Mavericks v (5) Utah Jazz

The Milwaukee Bucks trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, and Jordan Nwora will be hoping for a back-to-back title.

Today, by 6 pm Nigerian time, Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz play the first game of the postseason.

The other fixtures today are:
Grizzlies v Timberwolves  8:30 pm
Philadelphia Sixers v Toronto Raptors 11 pm

 

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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