LeBron James Makes NBA History with 20th All-Star Game Appearance

Feb 18, 2024, 5:20 PM ET

When James takes the court for the 2024 NBA All-Star Game in Indiana, it will mark his NBA-record 20th appearance.

LeBron James will make NBA history again this Sunday.

When James takes the court for the 2024 NBA All-Star Game in Indiana, will mark his NBA-record 20th appearance, breaking a tie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the top of the list.

LeBron James will be the player with the most All-Star Games. EPA/GEORGE FREY

James’ first appearance in the All-Star Game was in 2005. To put his longevity in perspective, started the All-Star Games alongside Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Grant Hill and Shaquille O’Neal. In honor of James’ record, let’s examine the NBA players who have appeared in the most All-Star Games.

LeBron James, 20 years old

In addition to playing in the most All-Star Games, James is the all-time leading scorer in the event with 426 points. LeBron has finished with the most All-Star Game votes 10 times, which is also a record. He won the All-Star Game MVP award in 2006, 2008 and 2018. James did not go to an All-Star Game during his rookie season, but he has been selected every year since. And he has shown no signs of slowing down.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 19 years old

Abdul-Jabbar made 19 All-Star Game appearances over the course of his 20-year NBA career. However, he was never named MVP of the All-Star Game. Abdul-Jabbar’s first All-Star Game selection came as a rookie during the 1969-70 season. His last selection to the All-Star Game was during his last season in the NBA (1988-89) at age 41.

Kobe Bryant, 18 years old

Bryant was named an All-Star in 18 of his 20 NBA seasons, including four years in which he led the league in All-Star voting (2003, 2011, 2013 and 2016). His first selection was during the 1997-98 season, when he was just 19 years old. Bryant was named All-Star Game MVP four times: in 2002, 2007, 2009 (co-MVP with Shaquille O’Neal) and 2011, tying the NBA record with Bob Pettit.

Julio Erving, 16 years old

Erving was selected to 11 NBA All-Star Games and five ABA All-Star Games. He led all players in All-Star Game voting four times (in 1978, 1981, 1982 and 1983) and was named the game’s MVP in 1977 and 1983. His most famous All-Star Game moment came in 1976, when he threw down a jump dunk from the free throw line at the 1976 ABA Slam Dunk Contest (which Michael Jordan later recreated).

Tim Duncan, 15 years old

Duncan made 15 All-Star Game appearances, including 12 starts. He earned co-MVP honors in the 2000 All-Star Game (with O’Neal) after finishing with 24 points, 14 rebounds and four assists in the Western Conference’s 137-126 victory over the East.

Kevin Garnett, 15 years old

Garnett made 15 All-Star Game appearances, 11 of them starts. He was named MVP of the All-Star Game in 2003 after recording 37 points, nine rebounds, five steals, three assists and a block in the West’s 155-145 victory.

Shaquille O’Neal, 15 years old

Shaq appeared in 15 All-Star Games, starting nine. He was a three-time All-Star Game MVP: in 2000 (co-MVP with Duncan), 2004 and 2009 (co-MVP with Bryant). His best performance in the All-Star Game was in 2004, when he recorded 24 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

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2024-02-18 22:20:00
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