NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award


NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award

The National Basketball Association All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP) is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the player(s) voted best of the annual All-Star Game. The award was established in 1953 when NBA officials decided to designate an MVP for each year's game. The league also re-honored players from the previous two All-Star Games. Ed Macauley and Paul Arizin were selected as the 1951 and 1952 MVP winners respectively.[1] The voting is conducted by a panel of media members, who cast their vote after the conclusion of the game. The player(s) with the most votes or ties for the most votes wins the award.[2] No All-Star Game MVP was named in 1999 since the game was canceled due to the league's lockout.[3]

Bob Pettit and Kobe Bryant are the only two players to win the All-Star Game MVP four times. Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O'Neal have each won the award three times, while Bob Cousy, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson, and LeBron James have all won the award twice. James' first All-Star MVP in 2006 made him the youngest to have ever won the award at the age of 21.[4] Four of the games had joint winners—Elgin Baylor and Pettit in 1959, John Stockton and Malone in 1993, O'Neal and Tim Duncan in 2000, as well as Bryant and O'Neal in 2009. O'Neal became the first player in All-Star history to share two MVP awards. The Los Angeles Lakers have had eleven winners while the Boston Celtics have had eight. Duncan of the U.S. Virgin Islands is the only winner not born in the United States. Duncan is an American citizen, but is considered an "international" player by the NBA because he was not born in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C.[5] No player trained entirely outside the U.S. has won the award; Duncan played U.S. college basketball at Wake Forest. The 2011 All-Star Game MVP was Bryant.[6]

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Winners

Wilt Chamberlain holding a basketball
Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain won the award in the 1960 NBA All-Star Game.
head shot of Michael Jordan
Hall of Famer Michael Jordan won the award three times in his career.
head shot of Charles Barkley
Hall of Famer Charles Barkley won the award in the 1991 NBA All-Star Game.
Shaquille O'Neal preparing to shoot a free throw
Shaquille O'Neal has won the award three times in his career.
Kobe Bryant at a game
Kobe Bryant has won the award four times in his career.
^ Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the MVP award
Team (X) Denotes the number of times a player from this team has won
Year Player Positions Nationality Team
1951 Macauley, EdEd Macauley* Center/Forward  United States Boston Celtics
1952 Arizin, PaulPaul Arizin* Forward/Guard  United States Philadelphia Warriors
1953 Mikan, GeorgeGeorge Mikan* Center  United States Minneapolis Lakers
1954 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* Guard  United States Boston Celtics (2)
1955 Sharman, BillBill Sharman* Guard  United States Boston Celtics (3)
1956 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* Forward/Center  United States St. Louis Hawks
1957 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* (2) Guard  United States Boston Celtics (4)
1958 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* (2) Forward/Center  United States St. Louis Hawks (2)
1959[c] Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* Forward  United States Minneapolis Lakers (2)
1959[c] Pettit, BobBob Pettit* (3) Forward/Center  United States St. Louis Hawks (3)
1960 Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain* Center  United States Philadelphia Warriors (2)
1961 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals
1962 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* (4) Forward/Center  United States St. Louis Hawks (4)
1963 Russell, BillBill Russell* Center  United States Boston Celtics (5)
1964 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (2) Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals (2)
1965 Lucas, JerryJerry Lucas* Forward/Center  United States Cincinnati Royals (3)
1966 Smith, AdrianAdrian Smith Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals (4)
1967 Barry, RickRick Barry* Forward  United States San Francisco Warriors (3)
1968 Greer, HalHal Greer* Guard/Forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers
1969 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* (3) Guard  United States Cincinnati Royals (5)
1970 Reed, WillisWillis Reed* Center/Forward  United States New York Knicks
1971 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens* Guard  United States Seattle SuperSonics
1972 West, JerryJerry West* Guard/Forward  United States Los Angeles Lakers (3)
1973 Cowens, DaveDave Cowens* Center/Forward  United States Boston Celtics (6)
1974 Lanier, BobBob Lanier* Center  United States Detroit Pistons
1975 Frazier, WaltWalt Frazier* Guard  United States New York Knicks (2)
1976 Bing, DaveDave Bing* Guard  United States Washington Bullets
1977 Erving, JuliusJulius Erving* Forward/Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers (2)
1978 Smith, RandyRandy Smith Guard/Forward  United States Buffalo Braves
1979 Thompson, DavidDavid Thompson* Guard/Forward  United States Denver Nuggets
1980 Gervin, GeorgeGeorge Gervin* Guard/Forward  United States San Antonio Spurs
1981 Archibald, NateNate Archibald* Guard  United States Boston Celtics (7)
1982 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* Forward  United States Boston Celtics (8)
1983 Erving, JuliusJulius Erving* (2) Forward/Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers (3)
1984 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* Guard  United States Detroit Pistons (2)
1985 Sampson, RalphRalph Sampson Center/Forward  United States Houston Rockets
1986 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* (2) Guard  United States Detroit Pistons (3)
1987 Chambers, TomTom Chambers Forward/Center  United States Seattle SuperSonics (2)
1988 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* Guard  United States Chicago Bulls
1989 Malone, KarlKarl Malone Forward  United States Utah Jazz
1990 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (4)
1991 Barkley, CharlesCharles Barkley* Forward  United States Philadelphia 76ers (4)
1992 Johnson, MagicMagic Johnson* (2) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (5)
1993[c] Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* Guard  United States Utah Jazz (2)
1993[c] Malone, KarlKarl Malone* (2) Forward  United States Utah Jazz (2)
1994 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* Forward/Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (2)
1995 Richmond, MitchMitch Richmond Guard  United States Sacramento Kings
1996 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (2) Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (3)
1997 Rice, GlenGlen Rice Forward  United States Charlotte Hornets
1998 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* (3) Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (4)
1999[a]
2000[c] O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal Center  United States Los Angeles Lakers (6)
2000[c] Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ Forward/Center  United States[b] San Antonio Spurs (2)
2001 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers (5)
2002 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (7)
2003 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ Forward  United States Minnesota Timberwolves
2004 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal (2) Center  United States Los Angeles Lakers (8)
2005 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson (2) Guard  United States Philadelphia 76ers (6)
2006 James, LeBronLeBron James^ Forward  United States Cleveland Cavaliers
2007 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ (2) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (9)
2008 James, LeBronLeBron James^ (2) Forward  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (2)
2009[c] Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ (3) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (10)
2009[c] O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal (3) Center  United States Phoenix Suns
2010 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade^ Guard  United States Miami Heat
2011 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ (4) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (11)

Notes

  • a The 1999 All-Star Game was canceled due to the league's lockout.[3]
  • b Because Tim Duncan is a United States citizen by birth, as are all natives of the U.S. Virgin Islands,[7] he was able to play for the U.S. internationally.[8]
  • c Denotes All-Star Games in which joint winners were named

See also

References

General
Specific
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  2. ^ Howard-Cooper, Scott (February 12, 1990). "East Stars Put It Together, but Magic Has Hardware Pro basketball: Laker guard earns MVP in losing effort as rest of his West teammates are shut down, 130-113". Los Angeles Times. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/59982588.html?dids=59982588:59982588&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Feb+12%2C+1990&author=SCOTT+HOWARD-COOPER&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&edition=&startpage=1&desc=East+Stars+Put+It+Together%2C+but+Magic+Has+Hardware+Pro+basketball%3A+Laker+guard+earns+MVP+in+losing+effort+as+rest+of+his+West+teammates+are+shut+down%2C+130-113.. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Steele, David (December 9, 1998). "NBA Drops All-Stars – What's Left? February game in Philly latest casualty of lockout". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1998/12/09/SP102770.DTL. Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
  4. ^ "King-Sized Rally Propels East to Victory". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. http://www.nba.com/allstar2006/allstar_game/. Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bargnani becomes first European top NBA draft pick". People's Daily Online. June 29, 2006. http://english.people.com.cn/200606/29/eng20060629_278441.html. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Kobe wins 4th MVP in West's All-Star win". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 20, 2011. http://www.nba.com/games/20110220/ESTWST/gameinfo.html. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Virgin Islands". CIA World Factbook. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/vq.html. Retrieved August 12, 2008. 
  8. ^ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: D". USA Basketball. http://www.usabasketball.com/news.php?news_page=men_alpha_D. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 


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