Trying to narrow down the greatest moments of NBA All-Star Game history to a ‘Top 10’ is like trying to hit a bullet with a smaller bullet, whilst wearing a blindfold, riding a horse.
I’m joking (and yes, that is my inner Star Trek nerd coming out in that reference), but seriously it’s no easy feat to wade through the greatness to find just a solid top 10! With that in mind, I set to work to bring you our list of the Top 10 Moments of the NBA All-Star Game:
10. Dwyane Wade (2012)
Okay, before everyone loses their mind:
1. I know he didn’t win MVP
2. I know his team didn’t even win the game.
However, Wade decided to take the 2012 NBA All-Star Game very seriously. For those of you who didn’t attend or tune in that night you missed quite a show including several new records and one flagrant foul…yes, during an NBA All-Star Game.
Three records were set that night:
• 1st half points by a team (88, West)
• Total points scored in a half (157)
• The 3rd triple double in NBA All-Star Game history by Wade
Bonus: They were also two points shy of breaking the all-time record of combined points scored (303 set in overtime), this game totaled 301 points.
9. George Gervin (1980)
George Gervin scored 11 more points than the next highest scorer and played the most minutes in this OT thriller. With a final stat line of 34 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists, Gervin’s performance earned him a win for the East, the MVP trophy and the #9 spot on our list.
8. Tracy McGrady (2002)
T-Mac, who recently announced his retirement, breathed life into an otherwise average NBA All-Star Game. This seven-time NBA All-Star makes our list for throwing it down with an assist by himself, during the 2002 game.
7. Wilt Chamberlain (1962)
It’s pretty difficult to make any list with the word “Top” and “NBA” without including Wilt. The 1962 All-Star game became the stage for Wilt’s 42 point, 24 rebound game, and as mind blowing as these numbers are, he wasn’t the player named MVP (that comes later on our list). With seven recorded double-doubles during NBA All-Star Games, Wilt takes our #7 spot.
6. LeBron James (2011)
The second recorded triple double in NBA All-Star Game history came compliments of King James. During one of the most competitive games in recent history, and despite not winning MVP, James become the 2nd player EVER to post a triple-double with his final stat line reading 29 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
5. Allen Iverson (2001)
A.I. led the East to a remarkable come from behind victory. After trailing the entire game, Iverson scored 15 of his game high 25 points in the last 9 minutes to lift the East over the West. The 2001 NBA All-Star Game also had one of the most talented lineups in the history of the sport and Iverson’s domination in the 4th quarter lands him in our #5 spot.
4. Bob Petit (Every game ever)
So remember that time I told you how difficult it was choosing ‘Top 10’ moments? This man is one of the reasons why. He is the only player to have registered 9 double-doubles in the All-Star Games, and one of two players (Wilt is the other) to have a 20-20 double-double. He did it 3 times. #Greatness
3. Kobe vs. Jordan (1998)
Two of the greatest players of the game came head-to-head during the 1998 All-Star Game, making it one of the best matchups ever. This game was every basketball fan’s dream; a young, confident Kobe Bryant takes on Michael Jordan. The youngest all-star in NBA history came away with 18 points in an amazing debut, while His Airness took MVP honors racking up 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists.
2. Michael Jordan (1988, 2003)
What’s a basketball list without Jordan? Not much of a list. So we have two of the mostincredible All-Star game performances/moments of all time brought to you by MJ himself. The 1988 All-Star weekend, was really an all-Jordan affair. He won the Slam Dunk contest over Dominique Wilkins and went on to claim MVP honors in front of his hometown crowd.
In 2003, Jordan accepted Vince Carter’s offer of starting position to play in his final All-Star game. What made this game even more incredible was that had it not gone to double overtime, Jordan’s final jumper in the last seconds of the game would’ve been his final shot, a game-winner at the NBA All-Star Game.
1. Magic Johnson 1992
Three months after announcing his retirement, Magic returned to the court and won NBA All-Star MVP honors. In one of the most memorable and emotional finishes in basketball history, Magic scored on three, 3-pointers to help his team secure the win. His final stat line was 25 points and 9 assists.
Did your favorite All-Star moment make the list? Let us know in the comments below!
The reason we love the NBA All-Star game is because every single year, with every single play there’s an opportunity to see perhaps the greatest basketball moment EVER. Where will you be when the 2014 NBA All-Star game makes history?