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Most NBA All-Star Game Appearances All-Time

Who has made the most NBA All-Star Game appearances?

With the NBA All-Star Game coming up this weekend, let’s take a look at the players who have made the most appearances in the game since the tradition started in 1951. But first, a history lesson.

NBA All-Star Game

The first NBA All-Star Game was played in almost 70 years ago. It was held at the Boston Garden, and a Celtic – Ed Macauley – was named the game’s MVP. The East defeated the West in the inaugural NBA All-Star Game, 111-94.

The West would win its first NBA All-Star Game two years later in 1953, 79-75, with Minneapolis Lakers superstar George Mikan garnering MVP honors in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Boston hosted four NBA All-Star Games from 1951 to 1964 but hasn’t held one since. New York City surpassed Boston as the most common location for the event in 2015 with five (1954, 1955, 1968, 1998, 2015).

The Eastern and Western Conferences were pitted against one another in every NBA All-Star Game until 2018 when the league switched to team captains and an open draft. LeBron James has been a captain of an All-Star team three times in a row, including 2020.

NBA All-Star Game Appearances

Note: an appearance is counted merely by being named to the game. A player does not have to suit up or play in the game to have their recognition as an all-star count for this list.

T-7. Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Dirk Nowitzki, Jerry West (14)

Michael Jordan

Appearances: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003

All-Star Stats: 20.2 points per game, 4.2 assists per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 47.2 percent from the field

Karl Malone

Appearances: 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002

All-Star Stats: 20.3 points per game, 1.6 assists per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, 54.2 percent from the field

Dirk Nowitzki

Appearances: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019

All-Star Stats: 8.7 points per game, 1.1 assists per game, 3.7 rebounds per game, 45 percent from the field

Jerry West

Appearances: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974

All-Star Stats: 13.3 points per game, 4.6 assists per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, 45.3 percent from the field

T-4. Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal (15)

Tim Duncan

Appearances: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015

All-Star Stats: 9.3 points per game, 2.1 assists per game, 9.1 rebounds per game, 54.8 percent from the field

Kevin Garnett

Appearances: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

All-Star Stats: 11.3 points per game, 2.9 assists per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, 51.1 percent from the field

Shaquille O’Neal

Appearances: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

All-Star Stats: 16.8 points per game, 1.4 assists per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, 55.1 percent from the field

3. LeBron James (16)

Appearances: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

All-Star Stats: 24.1 points per game, 5.9 assists per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, 53 percent from the field

2. Kobe Bryant (18)

Appearances: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

All-Star Stats: 19.3 points per game, 4.7 assists per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 50 percent from the field

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1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19)

Appearances: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989

All-Star Stats: 13.9 points per game, 2.8 assists per game, 8.3 rebounds per game, 49.3 percent from the field

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