Think you know everything about basketball? Well, here are 18 things you (probably) didn’t know about the NBA All-Star Game that we didn’t know about either until we read the Wikipedia page for the All-Star Game which we then just pretty much copied and pasted into a blank document. (We do it all for you.)
Use these facts to impressive your friends, woo that one girl you know that’s into sports, or win a bet while watching the All-Star Game.
- The first NBA All-Star game was held at The Boston Garden in 1951 and the reason for its inauguration is pretty interesting. The basketball world had just been stunned by a college basketball point-shaving scandal and league popularity was somewhat down. In order to regain public attention, NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen suggested the league host an exhibition game featuring the league’s best players. Most people were against the idea so Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown offered to host the game and to cover all the expenses. The All-Star Game became a success, drawing an attendance of 10,094, much higher than that season’s average attendance of 3,500.
- Ed Macauley won the first All-Star Game MVP award after scoring 20 points and grabbing 6 rebounds.
- The record for the most points scored by a player in the All-Star Game is held by Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 42 points in the 1962 All-Star Game.
- While most All-Star games are held in arenas, the 2010 game was held in the newly built AT&T (Cowboy’s) Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Not surprisingly, the attendance record was set that year with 108,713 people in attendance. (Side note: I totally remember this because I was at the mall and there were an abnormal amount of jock dudes there and at first I was really confused but then I remembered the All-Star Game was that weekend. True story.)
- The very first dunk contest was won by Julius Erving in the 1976 ABA All-Star Game. However, after the ABA-NBA merger, there wasn’t another slam dunk contest until 1984, in which Larry Nance won.
- Larry Bird is one of only two players to win the Three Point Shootout three times. The other player? Craig Hodges. Yeah, totally saw that coming.
- The youngest All-Star was Kobe Bryant who was 19; the youngest All-Star MVP was LeBron James who was 21; and the oldest All-Star was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the age of 41.
- Kareem was actually an All-Star every single year of his career, except for one.
- There have been 6 instances where four players from the same team made the All-Star Game, but only one time did three of the five starters come from the same team. They were Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Maurice Cheeks of the 1983 Philadelphia 76ers, who went on to the win the Championship that year.
- Defense is never popular at the All-Star Game and the highest scoring game ever was in 2015, when the West beat the East 163 to 158, a total score of 321 points. Don Nelson would be proud.
- Every year, 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; however, in the 90s the “Riley Rule” was adopted after Lakers Head Coach Pat Riley earned the right to coach the Western Conference team eight times in nine seasons. From then on, if a coach earns the honors two years in a row, the coach of the team with the next best record serves instead.
- The record for the most MVP awards is held by Bob Pettit and Kobe Bryant who each won the award 4 times.
- The record for the most points scored in one quarter is 20, set by Glen Rice in the 1997 All-Star Game.
- Bob Pettit holds the record for the most rebounds in a game, with 27, and the most rebounds per game, at 16.2.
- The record for the highest career field goal percentage for the all-star game is held by Brandon Roy who shot a crazy 83.3% in three All-Star Game appearances.
- The record for highest career three point percentage for the all-star game is held by Glen Rice who shot 60% in three All-Star Game appearances.
- There have been 3 triple-doubles in all-star game history, done by Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The most impressive is probably Michael Jordan’s since he did it in just 26 minutes of play.
- The largest margin of victory is 40 points, which was done by the West All-Stars who beat the East All-Stars 153-113 in the 1992 All-Star Game.
Now that you’re just a little bit smarter, check out the video below, where we rank the best All-Star Games in NBA history for each decade. If you like our videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on social media to see previews of our videos before we post them.