Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari wins MVP of NBA Africa Game
The NBA Africa Game went down Saturday in South Africa, with Team World winning narrowly over Team Africa. Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari led the way for Team World with 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting, which earned him MVP honors.
Team World won 96-92 in a game that featured various NBA players, including Joel Embiid and Luol Deng, both of whom played for Team Africa. The game is played on the continent every summer as a way of expanding the NBA’s reach and fan base.
Gallinari had a difficult campaign for the Clippers last season. He was injured much of the year after signing there, and he never really lived up to what the team wanted him to be because of that.
But with Gallinari putting up this type of performance in the NBA Africa Game, perhaps that is a good sign of what is to come for the Clippers this upcoming season. Gallinari is still a good player when healthy, and he has a variety of skills that the team will need if it wants to make a run for the playoffs.
Gallinari will have to stay healthy in order to make his performance in Africa something he can replicate for 82 games. He has had trouble staying healthy his entire career, so the Clippers will just have to hope he can stay on the floor.