The National Basketball Association All-Star Game is a basketball exhibition game hosted every February by the National Basketball Association (NBA), matching a mix of the league's star players, who are drafted by the two players with the most votes. Each team consists of 12 players, making it 24 in total. It is the featured event of NBA All-Star Weekend. NBA All-Star Weekend is a three-day event which goes from Friday to Sunday. The All-Star Game was first played at the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951.
The starting lineup for each squad is selected by a combination of fan, player, and media voting, while the reserves are chosen by a vote among the head coaches from each squad's respective conference. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players. If a selected player is injured and cannot participate, the NBA commissioner selects a replacement. The vote leaders for each conferences are assigned as captains and can choose from a pool of players named as all-stars to form their teams. The newly formed teams will also play for a charity of choice to help the games remain competitive. On January 25, 2018, LeBron James and Stephen Curry became the first players to form their own teams according to the new selection format for the 2018 All-Star Game.
The head coach of the team with the best record in each conference is chosen to lead their respective conference in the All-Star Game, with a prohibition against repeat appearances. Known as the "Riley Rule", it was created after perennially successful Los Angeles Lakers head coach Pat Riley earned the right to coach the Western Conference team eight times in nine seasons between 1982 and 1990. The coach of the team with the next best record serves instead.
|National Basketball Association All-Star Game|
|Most recent||2019 (Charlotte)|
|Previous event||2018 (Los Angeles)|
|Next event||2020 (Chicago)|
|Participants||Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Stars|
|Organized by||National Basketball Association|
The idea of holding an All-Star Game was conceived during a meeting between NBA President Maurice Podoloff, NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen and Boston Celtics owner Walter A. Brown. At that time, the basketball world had just been stunned by the college basketball point-shaving scandal.
In order to regain public attention to the league, Cohen suggested the league to host an exhibition game featuring the league's best players, similar to Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. Although most people, including Podoloff, were pessimistic about the idea, Brown remained confident that it would be a success, and he even offered to host the game and to cover all the expenses or potential losses incurred from the game. In the first All-Star Game, the Eastern All-Stars team defeated the Western All-Stars team 111–94.
Boston Celtics' Ed Macauley was named as the first NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, and the All-Star Game became a success, drawing an attendance of 10,094, much higher than that season's average attendance of 3,500. In 2010, the NBA All Star Game set the attendance record for a basketball game when 108,713 fans jammed Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This shattered the existing attendance record previously held at Ford Field on December 13, 2003, when 78,129 attendees watched Michigan State play Kentucky.
The 2017 All-Star Weekend was originally awarded to Charlotte, North Carolina. On March 23, 2016, North Carolina passed House Bill 2 as a remedy to Charlotte Ordinance 7056. This led to the NBA threatening to pull the game from Charlotte if the bill was not repealed or revised so as to not discriminate against the LGBT community. The NBA announced on July 21, 2016 that the game would be moved from Charlotte to New Orleans.
On October 3, 2017, the NBA and NBPA announced the changes to the NBA All-Star Game format starting with the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. The vote leaders for each conferences will be assigned as team captains and will be able to select players from the rest of the starters and the reserves, regardless of the conference they play in, to form their own teams. This marks the first time, the conferences will not play against each other since the inaugural All-Star Game.
The starting five from each conference consists of three frontcourt players and two guards, selected by a combination of fan, player, and media voting. In 2017, the NBA moved from a pure fan vote to a weighted process wherein fan voting accounts for 50% of the total and player and media voting account for 25% each. The league made the change in response to social media campaigns that resulted in mediocre players such as journeyman Zaza Pachulia nearly being voted as All-Star starters over more deserving players., Prior to 2013, fans selected two forwards and one center instead of generic frontcourt players. The NBA in 2003 began offering All-Star ballots in three languages—English, Spanish and Chinese—for fan voting of the starters.
NBA coaches vote for the reserves for their respective conferences, none of which can be players on their own team. Each coach selects two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards, with each selected player ranked in order of preference within each category. If a multi-position player is to be selected, coaches are encouraged to vote for the player at the position that is "most advantageous for the All-Star team", regardless of where the player is listed on the All-Star ballot or the position he is listed in box scores. If a player is unavailable for the game due to injury, the NBA commissioner selects a replacement for the roster. If the replacement is for a fan-selected starter, the all-star coach chooses the replacement in the starting lineup, and is not limited to the commissioner's addition to the roster. It is also possible for more than one All-Star to be selected from one team, but there has never been more than four All-Stars represent a team in the game. Most recently was the 2017 Golden State Warriors who had four players represent that team (Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson.) This has only occurred eight times dating back to 1962 Boston Celtics and the 1962 Los Angeles Lakers.
The Game is played under normal NBA rules, but there are notable differences from an average game. Since the starting All-Stars are selected by fan vote, players sometimes start the game at atypical positions. For instance, in 2007 Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady had the two highest fan vote totals among Western Conference guards. As both players normally play shooting guard, Bryant, who is 6'6" (198 cm), started the game as a point guard, despite him also manning the shooting guard position on his team.
The player introductions are usually accompanied by a significant amount of fanfare, including lighting effects, dance music, and pyrotechnics. Special uniforms are designed for the game each year, usually red for the Western Conference and blue for the Eastern Conference, but the 1997–2002 games allowed players the opportunity to wear their respective team uniforms, and until 2009 and from 2015 to the present, the host conference wore light uniforms. Originally players from the same team who share a number have the option to either keep or change numbers (e.g. Patrick Ewing trading his familiar #33 for #3 because of Larry Bird wearing the same number), but since 1997 players from the same team can keep their customary uniform numbers even if they share them. A major recording artist typically sings "O Canada" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to tipoff. One of the more memorable performances was given by Marvin Gaye during the 1983 game; Gaye was accompanied by Gordon Banks, who played a tape from an all night session that used numerous elements of soul music and funk, and Banks still has that historic tape of the music to which Gaye sang his soulful version.
Gameplay usually involves players attempting spectacular slam dunks and alley oops. Defensive effort is usually limited and the final score of the game is generally much higher than an average NBA game. The coaches also try to give most of the reserve players some time on the court instead of using a limited rotation as they would in a normal game, but giving the starters more minutes because that's who the fans want to see most. The fourth quarter of the game is often played in a more competitive fashion, if the game is close.
Halftime is also longer than a typical NBA game due to musical performances by popular artists. Recent guests have included Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Ariana Grande, Elton John, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, OutKast, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams, Migos, and John Legend. The 2019 All Star Halftime show was headlined by J. Cole and Meek Mill.
This is a list of each All-Star Game, the venue at which it was played, and the Game MVP. Parenthesized numbers indicate multiple times that venue, city, or player has occurred as of that instance (e.g. "Michael Jordan (2)" in 1996 indicates that was his second All-Star MVP award). As of the 2017 All-Star Game (the 2016–17 NBA season), the Eastern Conference leads with a record of 38 wins and 29 losses.
|Eastern Conference (37 wins)||Western Conference (29 wins)|
Note: Stadium names are named based on the name at the day of the All-Star Game.
|Year||Result||Host arena||Host city||Game MVP|
|1951||East 111, West 94||Boston Garden||Boston, Massachusetts||Ed Macauley, Boston Celtics|
|1952||East 108, West 91||Boston Garden (2)||Boston, Massachusetts (2)||Paul Arizin, Philadelphia Warriors|
|1953||West 79, East 75||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum||Fort Wayne, Indiana||George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers|
|1954||East 98, West 93 (OT)||Madison Square Garden III**||New York City, New York||Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics|
|1955||East 100, West 91||Madison Square Garden III** (2)||New York City, New York (2)||Bill Sharman, Boston Celtics|
|1956||West 108, East 94||Rochester War Memorial Coliseum||Rochester, New York||Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks|
|1957||East 109, West 97||Boston Garden (3)||Boston, Massachusetts (3)||Bob Cousy (2), Boston Celtics|
|1958||East 130, West 118||St. Louis Arena||St. Louis, Missouri||Bob Pettit (2), St. Louis Hawks|
|1959||West 124, East 108||Olympia Stadium||Detroit, Michigan||Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers|
Bob Pettit (3), St. Louis Hawks
|1960||East 125, West 115||Convention Hall||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors|
|1961||West 153, East 131||Onondaga County War Memorial Coliseum||Syracuse, New York||Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals|
|1962||West 150, East 130||St. Louis Arena (2)||St. Louis, Missouri (2)||Bob Pettit (4), St. Louis Hawks|
|1963||East 115, West 108||LA Sports Arena||Los Angeles, California||Bill Russell, Boston Celtics|
|1964||East 111, West 107||Boston Garden (4)||Boston, Massachusetts (4)||Oscar Robertson (2), Cincinnati Royals|
|1965||East 124, West 123||St. Louis Arena (3)||St. Louis, Missouri (3)||Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati Royals|
|1966||East 137, West 94||Cincinnati Gardens||Cincinnati, Ohio||Adrian Smith, Cincinnati Royals|
|1967||West 135, East 120||Cow Palace||Daly City, California||Rick Barry, San Francisco Warriors|
|1968||East 144, West 124||Madison Square Garden III** (3)||New York City, New York (3)||Hal Greer, Philadelphia 76ers|
|1969||East 123, West 112||Baltimore Civic Center||Baltimore, Maryland||Oscar Robertson (3), Cincinnati Royals|
|1970||East 142, West 135||The Spectrum||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2)||Willis Reed, New York Knicks|
|1971||West 108, East 107||San Diego Sports Arena||San Diego, California||Lenny Wilkens, Seattle SuperSonics|
|1972||West 112, East 110||The Forum||Inglewood, California||Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers|
|1973||East 104, West 84||Chicago Stadium||Chicago, Illinois||Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics|
|1974||West 134, East 123||Seattle Center Coliseum||Seattle, Washington||Bob Lanier, Detroit Pistons|
|1975||East 108, West 102||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum||Phoenix, Arizona||Walt Frazier, New York Knicks|
|1976||East 123, West 109||The Spectrum (2)||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3)||Dave Bing, Washington Bullets|
|1977||West 125, East 124||Milwaukee Arena||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers|
|1978||East 133, West 125||Omni Coliseum||Atlanta, Georgia||Randy Smith, Buffalo Braves|
|1979||West 134, East 129||Pontiac Silverdome||Pontiac, Michigan†||David Thompson, Denver Nuggets|
|1980||East 144, West 136 (OT)||Capital Centre||Landover, Maryland||George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs|
|1981||East 123, West 120||Coliseum at Richfield||Richfield, Ohio||Nate Archibald, Boston Celtics|
|1982||East 120, West 118||Brendan Byrne Arena||East Rutherford, New Jersey||Larry Bird, Boston Celtics|
|1983||East 132, West 123||The Forum (2)||Inglewood, California (2)||Julius Erving (2), Philadelphia 76ers|
|1984||East 154, West 145 (OT)||McNichols Sports Arena||Denver, Colorado||Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons|
|1985||West 140, East 129||Hoosier Dome||Indianapolis, Indiana†||Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets|
|1986||East 139, West 132||Reunion Arena||Dallas, Texas||Isiah Thomas (2), Detroit Pistons|
|1987||West 154, East 149 (OT)||Kingdome||Seattle, Washington† (2)||Tom Chambers, Seattle SuperSonics|
|1988||East 138, West 133||Chicago Stadium (2)||Chicago, Illinois (2)||Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls|
|1989||West 143, East 134||Astrodome||Houston, Texas†||Karl Malone, Utah Jazz|
|1990||East 130, West 113||Miami Arena||Miami, Florida||Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers|
|1991||East 116, West 114||Charlotte Coliseum||Charlotte, North Carolina||Charles Barkley, Philadelphia 76ers|
|1992||West 153, East 113||Orlando Arena||Orlando, Florida||Magic Johnson (2), Los Angeles Lakers|
|1993||West 135, East 132 (OT)||Delta Center||Salt Lake City, Utah||Karl Malone (2), Utah Jazz|
John Stockton, Utah Jazz
|1994||East 127, West 118||Target Center||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls|
|1995||West 139, East 112||America West Arena§||Phoenix, Arizona (2)||Mitch Richmond, Sacramento Kings|
|1996||East 129, West 118||Alamodome||San Antonio, Texas||Michael Jordan (2), Chicago Bulls|
|1997||East 132, West 120||Gund Arena§||Cleveland, Ohio||Glen Rice, Charlotte Hornets|
|1998||East 135, West 114||Madison Square Garden***||New York City, New York (4)||Michael Jordan (3), Chicago Bulls|
|1999||Canceled due to the league's lockout.|
The game was originally set to play at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
|2000||West 137, East 126||The Arena in Oakland||Oakland, California||Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs|
Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers
|2001||East 111, West 110||MCI Center||Washington, D.C.||Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers|
|2002||West 135, East 120||First Union Center||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4)||Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers|
|2003||West 155, East 145 (2OT)||Philips Arena||Atlanta, Georgia (2)||Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2004||West 136, East 132||Staples Center||Los Angeles, California (2)||Shaquille O'Neal (2), Los Angeles Lakers|
|2005||East 125, West 115||Pepsi Center||Denver, Colorado (2)||Allen Iverson (2), Philadelphia 76ers|
|2006||East 122, West 120||Toyota Center||Houston, Texas (2)||LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2007||West 153, East 132||Thomas & Mack Center||Las Vegas, Nevada*||Kobe Bryant (2), Los Angeles Lakers|
|2008||East 134, West 128||New Orleans Arena§||New Orleans, Louisiana||LeBron James (2), Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2009||West 146, East 119||US Airways Center (2)||Phoenix, Arizona (3)||Kobe Bryant (3), Los Angeles Lakers|
Shaquille O'Neal (3), Phoenix Suns
|2010||East 141, West 139||Cowboys Stadium||Arlington, Texas#†||Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat|
|2011||West 148, East 143||Staples Center (2)||Los Angeles, California (3)||Kobe Bryant (4), Los Angeles Lakers|
|2012||West 152, East 149||Amway Center||Orlando, Florida (2)||Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2013||West 143, East 138||Toyota Center (2)||Houston, Texas (3)||Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers|
|2014||East 163, West 155||Smoothie King Center (2)||New Orleans, Louisiana (2)||Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2015||West 163, East 158||Madison Square Garden (2)*** / Barclays Center||New York City, New York (5)||Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2016||West 196, East 173||Air Canada Centre||Toronto, Ontario||Russell Westbrook (2), Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2017||West 192, East 182||Smoothie King Center (3)||New Orleans, Louisiana (3)||Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans|
|2018||Team LeBron 148, Team Stephen 145||Staples Center (3)||Los Angeles, California (4)||LeBron James (3), Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2019||Team LeBron 178, Team Giannis 164||Spectrum Center||Charlotte, North Carolina (2)||Kevin Durant (2), Golden State Warriors|
|2020||TBA vs. TBA||United Center||Chicago, Illinois (3)|
|2021||TBA vs. TBA||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||Indianapolis, Indiana (2)|
|2022||TBA vs. TBA||Quicken Loans Arena (2)||Cleveland, Ohio (2)|
The All-Star Game is the featured event of All-Star Weekend, and it is held on a Sunday night. All-Star Weekend also includes a number of popular exhibition games and competitions featuring NBA players and alumni as well as players from the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and NBA G League (G League).
The N.B.A., bowing to new realities in a multi-positional era, has eliminated "center" from its All-Star ballots for the 2012–13 season. Instead, fans will vote for three frontcourt players and two guards.
The 1969 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game which was played on January 14, 1969, at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore.
Coaches: East: Gene Shue, West: Richie Guerin.
Officials: Joe Gushue and Norm Drucker
MVP: Oscar Robertson
Attendance: 12,3481970 NBA All-Star Game
The 1970 NBA All-Star Game was played at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, on January 20, 1970. Bob Rule was the replacement for the injured Nate Thurmond of the San Francisco Warriors. The MVP was Willis Reed. The coaches were Red Holzman (East), Richie Guerin (West). The game was broadcast by ABC, with Chris Schenkel and Jack Twyman commentating.1973 NBA All-Star Game
GAME 23: in Chicago, January 23, 1973
MVP: Dave Cowens
Coaches: East: Tom Heinsohn, West: Bill Sharman.1979 NBA All-Star Game
The 1979 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game which was played on February 4, 1979, at the Pontiac Silverdome in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac, Michigan.
Coaches: East: Dick Motta, West: Lenny Wilkens.
Officials: John Vanak, Jack Madden, and Hugh Evans
MVP: David Thompson
Attendance: 31,745This was the first All-Star Game ever where no Boston Celtics or New York Knicks had been selected as All-Stars.
In addition, this was the first All-Star game held in a football or baseball dome as opposed to a traditional basketball arena (the Detroit Pistons were playing in this venue at the time).1981 NBA All-Star Game
The 1981 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game which was played February 1, 1981, at Coliseum at Richfield in Richfield Township, Ohio. This was the 31st edition of the National Basketball Association All-Star Game and was played during the 1980–81 NBA season. Coaches: Billy Cunningham, Philadelphia 76ers (Eastern Conference) and John MacLeod, Phoenix Suns (Western Conference); MVP: Nate Archibald, Boston (25 minutes, 9 points).
Injury replacements: Eastern Conference — Cleveland forward Mike Mitchell for Atlanta forward Dan Roundfield (right calf); Western Conference — none.1985 NBA All-Star Game
The 35th National Basketball Association All-Star Game was played on February 10, 1985, at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The coaches were K. C. Jones (Boston Celtics) for the East, and Pat Riley (Los Angeles Lakers) for the West. The MVP was Ralph Sampson, Houston (29 minutes, 24 points, 10 rebounds).1986 NBA All-Star Game
The 36th National Basketball Association All-Star Game was played on February 9, 1986, at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The coaches were K.C. Jones for the East, and Pat Riley for the West.1988 NBA All-Star Game
The 38th National Basketball Association All-Star Game was played on February 7, 1988, at Chicago Stadium in Chicago. The East won the game 138-133 and Michael Jordan (who scored a game-high 40 points) was named the game's MVP.1990 NBA All-Star Game
The 40th National Basketball Association All-Star Game was played on February 11, 1990 at Miami Arena in Miami, Florida. Magic Johnson was named the game's MVP.
The East was led by the trio of Celtics' big men Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, and the Bulls' dynamic duo of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The trio of Piston players Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman, plus Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Dominique Wilkins and center Patrick Ewing completed the team.
The West was led by the Lakers' trio of Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and A.C. Green. Clyde Drexler, Akeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, David Robinson, Rolando Blackman, Lafayette Lever and Tom Chambers completed the team.Coaches: East: Chuck Daly, West: Pat Riley. This was the first of four consecutive All-Star Games in which the coaches of the previous year's NBA Finals were the head coaches of the All-Star Game.
This was the last NBA All-Star Game broadcast by CBS before moving to NBC in the following year.1991 NBA All-Star Game
The 1991 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game between players selected from the National Basketball Association's Western Conference and the Eastern Conference that was played on February 10, 1991, at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. This game was the 41st edition of the NBA All-Star Game and was played during the 1990–91 NBA season.
The All-Star Weekend began on Saturday, February 9, 1991, with the Legends Classic, the Three-Point Shootout and the Slam Dunk Contest.
This was the first NBA All-Star Game broadcast by NBC after 17 years with CBS.
The All-Star Game returned to Charlotte in 2019, though it was played at the Spectrum Center in Uptown, and broadcast on TNT (the All-Star Game has never been broadcast on ABC or ESPN during the networks' current contract with the league, which began during the 2002-03 season).1994 NBA All-Star Game
The 1994 NBA All-Star Game was the 44th edition of the All-Star Game. The event was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The East All-Stars won the game with the score of 127–118. Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls was voted MVP of the game.
It was broadcast by NBC for the 1994 NBA All-Star Game in a fourth consecutive year.1995 NBA All-Star Game
The 1995 NBA All-Star Game was the 45th edition of the All-Star Game. The Western Conference won 139-112. The city of Phoenix hosted the event. Mitch Richmond of the Sacramento Kings was voted MVP of the game.
The 1995 NBA All-Star Game was broadcast by NBC the fifth consecutive year.1996 NBA All-Star Game
The 1996 NBA All-Star Game was the 46th edition of the NBA All-Star Game, an exhibition basketball game played on Sunday February 11, 1996. The event was held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and was a part of the 50th season of the NBA. The game was televised nationally by NBC in the United States and by CTV in Canada. There were 36,037 people in attendance. Michael Jordan put on a show for the fans in his first game back from retirement and ended up receiving the game's most valuable player award.2018 NBA All-Star Game
The 2018 NBA All-Star Game was the 67th edition of an exhibition basketball game that was played on February 18, 2018. It was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. It was the sixth time that Los Angeles had hosted the All-Star Game and the first time since 2011. Team LeBron won against Team Stephen 148–145. The MVP of the game was LeBron James, scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, winning his third NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. The game was televised nationally by TNT for the 16th consecutive year.2019 NBA All-Star Game
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game was the 68th edition of the exhibition basketball game played on February 17, 2019. This was the second time that the format was not East/West. The game was held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte was announced as host on May 24, 2017. This was the second time that Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game; the first time was in 1991, at the Hornets' previous home arena Charlotte Coliseum. The game was supposed to be played in Charlotte in 2017, but was moved to New Orleans because of controversy surrounding the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. The game was televised by TNT for the 17th straight year, and was also simulcast on TBS in some markets.2020 NBA All-Star Game
The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be an exhibition game played on February 16, 2020. NBA All Star Weekend that features the Three-Point Contest, Slam Dunk Contest, and Skills Challenge will be on February 15, 2020. It will be the 69th edition of the event. The game will be held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, home of the Chicago Bulls. This will be the third time that Chicago will host the All-Star Game. The last time the game was played there was in 1973 and 1988, at the Bulls' previous home arena Chicago Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by TNT for the 18th consecutive year.List of NBA All-Star Game broadcasters
The following is a list of American television and radio networks and announcers that have nationally broadcast the NBA All-Star Games throughout the years.List of NBA All-Star Game head coaches
This is a list of NBA All-Star Game head coaches.NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award
The National Basketball Association All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the player(s) voted best of the annual All-Star Game. The award was established in 1953 when NBA officials decided to designate an MVP for each year's game. The league also re-honored players from the previous two All-Star Games. Ed Macauley and Paul Arizin were selected as the 1951 and 1952 MVP winners respectively. The voting is conducted by a panel of media members, who cast their vote after the conclusion of the game. The player(s) with the most votes or ties for the most votes wins the award. No All-Star Game MVP was named in 1999 since the game was canceled due to the league's lockout. As of 2019, the most recent recipient is Golden State Warrior forward Kevin Durant.
Bob Pettit and Kobe Bryant are the only two players to win the All-Star Game MVP four times. Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, and LeBron James have each won the award three times, while Bob Cousy, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant have all won the award twice. James' first All-Star MVP in 2006 made him the youngest to have ever won the award at the age of 21 years, 1 month. Kyrie Irving, winner of the 2014 All-Star Game MVP, is the second-youngest at 21 years, 10 months. They are notable as being the two youngest to win the award, both as Cleveland Cavaliers. Four of the games had joint winners—Elgin Baylor and Pettit in 1959, John Stockton and Malone in 1993, O'Neal and Tim Duncan in 2000, and O'Neal and Bryant in 2009. O'Neal became the first player in All-Star history to share two MVP awards as well as the first player to win the award with multiple teams. The Los Angeles Lakers have had eleven winners while the Boston Celtics have had eight. Duncan of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Irving of Australia are the only winners not born in the United States. Both Duncan and Irving are American citizens, but are considered "international" players by the NBA because they were not born in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C. No player trained entirely outside the U.S. has won the award; Irving lived in the U.S. since age two, and Duncan played U.S. college basketball at Wake Forest.
Bob Pettit (1958, 1959) and Russell Westbrook (2015, 2016) are the only players to win consecutive awards. Pettit (1956), Bob Cousy (1957), Wilt Chamberlain (1960), Bill Russell (1963), Oscar Robertson (1964), Willis Reed (1970), Dave Cowens (1973), Michael Jordan (1988, 1996, 1998), Magic Johnson (1990), Shaquille O'Neal (2000), and Allen Iverson (2001) all won the All-Star Game MVP and the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in the same season; Jordan is the only player to do this multiple times. 14 players have won the award playing for the team that hosted the All-Star Game: Macauley (1951), Cousy (1957), Pettit (1958, 1962), Chamberlain (1960), Adrian Smith (1966), Rick Barry (1967), Jerry West (1972), Tom Chambers (1987), Michael Jordan (1988), Karl Malone (1993), John Stockton (1993), O'Neal (2004, 2009), Bryant (2011) and Davis (2017); Pettit and O'Neal did this multiple times. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has the distinction of playing in the most All-Star Games (18) without winning the All-Star Game MVP, while Adrian Smith won the MVP in his only All-Star Game.
NBA All-Star Games
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