NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award

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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 years, 1 month. Kyrie Irving, winner of the 2014 All-Star Game MVP, is the second youngest at 21 years, 10 months. They're notable as being the two youngest to win the award, both as Cleveland Cavaliers.[4][5] 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, and O'Neal and Bryant 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 and Irving of Australia are the only winners not born in the United States. Both Duncan and Irving[a] are American citizens, but are considered "international" players by the NBA because they were not born in one of the fifty states or Washington, D.C.[6] No player trained entirely outside the U.S. has won the award; Irving lived in the U.S. since age two, and Duncan played U.S. college basketball at Wake Forest.

Bob Pettit (1956), Bob Cousy (1957), Wilt Chamberlain (1960), Bill Russell (1963), Oscar Robertson (1964), Willis Reed (1970), Dave Cowens (1973), Michael Jordan (1988, 1996, 1998), Magic Johnson (1990), Shaquille O'Neal (2000), and Allen Iverson (2001) all won the All-Star Game MVP and the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in the same season; Jordan is the only player to do this multiple times.[7] 13 players have won the award playing for the team that hosted the All-Star Game: Macauley (1951), Cousy (1957), Pettit (1958, 1962), Chamberlain (1960), Adrian Smith (1966), Rick Barry (1967), Jerry West (1972), Tom Chambers (1987), Jordan (1988), Karl Malone (1993), John Stockton (1993), O'Neal (2004, 2009) and Bryant (2011); Pettit and O'Neal did this multiple times. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has the distinction of playing in the most All-Star Games (18) without winning the All-Star Game MVP, while Adrian Smith won the MVP in his only All-Star Game.

Winners[edit]

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 and is the all-time leader in points scored in NBA All-Star Game history.
LeBron James as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James was the youngest player to ever win the award at 21 years and 51 days old.
Kyrie Irving, the most recent winner, won the award in his second All-Star game in 2014
^ 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
Season Player Position 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[b] Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* Forward  United States Minneapolis Lakers (2)
1959[b] 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[b] Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* Guard  United States Utah Jazz (2)
1993[b] Malone, KarlKarl Malone* (2) Forward  United States Utah Jazz (3)
1994 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* Forward/Guard  United States Chicago Bulls (2)
1995 Richmond, MitchMitch Richmond* Guard  United States Sacramento Kings (6)
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 Not awarded as the game was canceled due to the league's lockout.[3]
2000[b] O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal Center  United States Los Angeles Lakers (6)
2000[b] Duncan, TimTim Duncan^ Forward/Center  United States[c] 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[b] Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ (3) Guard  United States Los Angeles Lakers (10)
2009[b] 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)
2012 Durant, KevinKevin Durant^ Forward  United States Oklahoma City Thunder (3)
2013 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ Guard  United States Los Angeles Clippers (2)
2014 Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving^ Guard  United States[a] Cleveland Cavaliers (3)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Irving is a dual citizen of both Australia and the United States. He was born in Australia, but grew up in the U.S. and represented them in underage international matches.[10]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Denotes All-Star Games in which joint winners were named
  3. ^ Because Tim Duncan is a United States citizen by birth, as are all natives of the U.S. Virgin Islands,[8] he was able to play for the U.S. internationally.[9]

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References[edit]

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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. 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. Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
  4. ^ "King-Sized Rally Propels East to Victory". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ Boyer, Mary (February 17, 2014). "Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star MVP Kyrie Irving has his moment - with advice from LeBron James". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bargnani becomes first European top NBA draft pick". People's Daily Online. June 29, 2006. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
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  8. ^ "Virgin Islands". CIA World Factbook. Retrieved August 12, 2008. 
  9. ^ "All-Time USA Basketball Men's Roster: D". USA Basketball. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  10. ^ Ward, Roy (July 3, 2013). "Irving a must for Boomers in Rio: Bogut". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on February 17, 2014.