Mavericks, Pistons, Spurs, Suns to Play in 2019 NBA Mexico City Games

Six months after staging the first-ever international NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors, the biggest basketball league in the world will once again make history across the border—this time, south of the United States. On Friday, the Association announced that, for the first time, four teams (the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns) will participate in the NBA Mexico City Games in one season.

On Thursday, December 12, the Mavs, led by Rookie of the Year candidate Luka Doncic and All-Star Kristaps Porzingis, will take on All-Stars Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond and the Pistons at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. Two days later, the All-Star duo of DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge will lead the Spurs against Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and the Suns under the same roof.

The teams and players will also participate in community outreach initiatives through NBA Cares.

This year’s Mexico City Games will mark the 29th and 30th times the NBA has staged games in Mexico since 1992—the most of any country other than the U.S. and Canada—and fourth straight year that the Mexican capital has hosted two regular-season games.

Last year, the Orlando Magic won both of the NBA’s games in Mexico City, over the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz.

 

Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.