The league, which will begin play in 2020, will feature squads from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. Qualification tournaments will be held later this year to determine the inaugural participants.
"As we've been talking about this concept over the last several months, there's been a tremendous reception from several of our NBA team owners," Silver said. "Several of our partners have also expressed an interest to work with us in Africa."
"There's been a fantastic reception," Silver said.