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,[1] while the reserves are chosen by a vote among the head coaches from each squad's respective conference.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[2] 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.


1 History 2 Features of the All-Star Game 3 All-Star Game records 4 All-Star Game results 5 Other All-Star events 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] In 2010, the NBA All Star Game attendance record was set when 108,713 fans jammed Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This shattered the existing attendance record previously held at Ford Field on Dec. 13, 2003 when 78,129 attendees watched Michigan State play Kentucky.[8] 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.[3] Features of the All-Star Game[edit] 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.[1] 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.,[1][9] Prior to 2013, fans selected two forwards and one center instead of generic frontcourt players.[10] The NBA in 2003 began offering All-Star ballots in three languages—English, Spanish and Chinese—for fan voting of the starters.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] It is also possible for more than one All-Star to be selected from one team, but there has never been more than 4 All-Stars represent a team in the game. Most recently was the 2017 Golden State Warriors who had 4 players represent that team (Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson.) This has only occurred 8 times dating back to 1962 Boston Celtics and the 1962 Los Angeles Lakers.[14] 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. All-Star Game records[edit] Main article: NBA All-Star Game records All-Star Game results[edit] 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)[update], the Eastern Conference leads with a record of 37 wins and 29 losses. The Western Conference has won the last 3 games.

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.[15]

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 (2 OT) 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[3] Team LeBron 148, Team Stephen 145 Staples Center (3) Los Angeles, California (4) LeBron James (3), Cleveland Cavaliers

2019[16] TBA vs. TBA Spectrum Center Charlotte, North Carolina (2)

2020[17] TBA vs. TBA United Center Chicago, Illinois (3)

2021[18] TBA vs. TBA Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, Indiana (2)


* denotes a city without an NBA team in play during that calendar year. ** denotes game played at the "third" Madison Square Garden on 8th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, which the first three NBA All-Star Games played in Madison Square Garden (1954, 1955 and 1968) were. *** denotes game played at the "fourth" (or current as of 2017) Madison Square Garden that runs from 31st to 33rd Streets from 8th to west of 7th Avenues above the western half of Penn Station in Manhattan that opened in February 1968, approximately one month after the 1968 game was played in the "old" MSG. † denotes an NBA All-Star Game that is held at an NFL or MLB stadium. § denotes a stadium or arena whose venue name has since changed AND the venue has hosted a subsequent NBA All-Star Game under the alternate name. Portland, Sacramento, Memphis, and Oklahoma City are the only current NBA cities that have not yet hosted an NBA All-Star Game.[a] New arenas that have not hosted the All-Star Game are BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, United Center in Chicago (set to host the 2020 game), TD Garden in Boston, American Airlines Arena in Miami, Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (set to host the 2021 game), American Airlines Center in Dallas, Spectrum Center in Charlotte (set to host the 2019 game), AT&T Center in San Antonio, and Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. # Arlington, Texas does not have an NBA team within its city limits, but it is a part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex that has an NBA team (the Dallas Mavericks).

Other All-Star events[edit] Main article: NBA All-Star Weekend 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). See also[edit]

National Basketball Association portal

List of NBA All-Stars WNBA All-Star Game


^ Although Brooklyn has not hosted an All-Star Game, New York City has hosted at the third and current Madison Square Gardens, both home to the New York Knicks.


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