The NBA is massive, but the All-Star Game really is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the US – that showcases the top talent in the – bringing together the best players from the Eastern and Western Conferences for a nail-biting exhibition match, that’s every bit as competitive as any other match. Earning an All-Star selection is one of the biggest honours a player can get – a testament to their skill, consistency and impact on the game.
Here, we’ll look at the 10 NBA players with the most All-Star appearances ever…
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 19 All-Star Appearances
In joint first place is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, famed for his signature skyhook shot. He tops the list with an incredible 19 All-Star selections. As a player, he had a career that spanned two decades, playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and the LA Lakers. Abdul-Jabbar is also the all-time leading scorer in NBA history and a six-time NBA MVP.
LeBron James: 19 All-Star Appearances
Along with Abdul-Jabbar, LeBron James, often considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game, has also earned 19 All-Star selections. With LeBron James, no matter what the team, his squad always are a pre-match favourite… although this year they didn’t quite make it, losing 175-184 to Team Giannis.
His versatility, basketball IQ, and the fact that he has the ability to impact every facet of the game have certainly cemented his status as one of the all-time greats.
Kobe Bryant: 18 All-Star Appearances
The late and great Kobe Bryant, an LA Lakers legend, earned 18 All-Star selections during his incredible career. He was known for his scoring prowess, competitiveness and clutch performances – he was always a huge fan favourite and is still considered one of the most iconic players in NBA history.
Tim Duncan – 15 All-Star Appearances
Tim Duncan, who was always a key player with the San Antonio Spurs, has collected an impressive 15 All-Star selections. Duncan is famed for his fundamental leadership skills on the court and has won five NBA championships during his career. Unsurprisingly, he is seen as one of the greatest power forwards ever.
Shaquille O’Neal: 15 All-Star Appearances
The Shaq attack next… Shaquille O’Neal, or Shaq as we all know and love him, was a hugely dominant force in the NBA – earning him a total of 15 All-Star selections. He had a perfect combination of size, strength and agility, which made him practically unstoppable – and during his career, he won four NBA championships and was a three-time NBA Finals MVP.
Michael Jordan: 14 All-Star Appearances
Michael Jordan is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time – and earned 14 All-Star selections during his long and legendary career. His unrivalled scoring ability, competitiveness and the fact that he managed six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls have more than solidified his status as a true basketball legend.
Karl Malone: 14 All-Star Appearances
Karl Malone, known by his fans as The Mailman – because he would always deliver, earned 14 All-Star selections. During his time in the NBA, he was one of the most exciting power forwards in the NBA and he sits in second place on the all-time scoring list, just behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Oscar Robertson: 12 All-Star Appearances
The Big O – Oscar Robertson, managed to earn 12 All-Star selections during his impressive career. This player was known for his triple-double prowess, and, to this day, he is still the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a whole season.
Hakeem Olajuwon: 12 All-Star Appearances
In ninth place, comes Hakeem Olajuwon, a Houston Rockets legend, who earned a more than impressive 12 All-Star selections during his career. His fierce defensive skills, shot-blocking ability and post-moves all combined to make him one of the most dominant centres ever in the NBA. In fact, his skills helped to lead the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in the 1990s.
Dirk Nowitzki: 14 All-Star Appearancesw
Dirk Nowitzki, is arguably the greatest-ever European player in the history of the NBA and earned 14 All-Star selections. He completely revolutionised the power forward position with his unique and deadly combination of size and three-point shooting skills. He managed to lead the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA championship in 2011 – and is still the highest-scoring international player ever in the NBA.
So, there you have it – some of the greatest NBA players ever and are the biggest stars in All-Stars history.