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The Top Ten Most NBA All-Star Appearances

Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 6:21 PM (EST)
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10. Jerry West (14) Mr. Clutch appeared in 14 NBA All-Star Games. Jerry West tore it up like Pearl Jam at The Spectrum in Philadelphia during the 1970 All-Star Game. Jerry West rocked out in all statistical categories that featured 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Jerry West, just like Kobe Bryant, played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers. 

9. Dirk Nowitzki (14) Dirk Nowitzki and his scintillating fade-away jumper earned him 14 trips to the NBA All-Star Game. Dirk Nowitzki is a future Hall of Famer and a treasure chest for Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks. Nowitzki guided The Mavericks to an NBA Championship in 2011. Nowitzki’s squad beat the The Miami Heat's Big Three of Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade 2011 NBA Finals. What a series! And that fade away tho.

8. Karl Malone (14) “The Mailman” Karl Malone delivered fourteen NBA All-Star Appearances before retiring from his post office. Malone threw down high flying dunks and hit mid-range jumpers all night long. Malone and his running-mate John Stockton were perhaps the greatest point-guard and power-forward combination of all-time to never captured an NBA championship. Pick and Roll Grandma!

7. Michael Jordan (14) Michael Jordan joins an array of All-Star ballers with 14 appearances in the NBA All-Star Game. Jordan’s most memorable performance was in the 1988 NBA All-Star Game when he dropped 40 points to go along with a stellar defensive effort. If Jordan avoids the baseball hiatus, how many more NBA All-Star appearances does he make?

6. Shaquille O’ Neal (15) Never shy and always the entertainer, Shaq’s game and personality shines brightest during All-Star Weekend. Shaq earned his first NBA All-Star appearance as a rookie with The Orlando Magic. Shaq would often show off his freakish athletic prowess with comical point-guard play in the NBA All-Star Games.

5. Lebron James (15) We are at 15 and counting for King James. Lebron has the best chance to break the NBA All-Star Appearance record. This year, Lebron drafted superstar Anthony Davis who holds the record for most points scored in an NBA All-Star Game with 52. Tampering!

4. Kevin Garnett (15) Kevin Garnett approached every game with veloci-raptor like intensity and the NBA All-Star Game was no aberration. Garnett personified the Power Forward position with thunderous dunks and a smooth mid-range jumper. Garnett was drafted straight out of high school by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He Got Game

3. Tim Duncan (15) If you are looking for a flashy, ostentatious All-Star, you’ve come to the wrong place. Tim Duncan’s game is as methodical and fundamental as it gets; however, Duncan’s advanced skill set allowed him to play at an All-Star caliber level for a very long time. The San Antonio Spurs drafted a Queen Chess Piece when they selected Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest University. Duncan remained with The San Antonio Spurs for his entire career. Tim Duncan earned two NBA MVP Awards and led The San Antonio Spurs to Five NBA Championships. Who was the better San Antonio Spur Tim Duncan or David Robinson?

2. Kobe Bryant (18) Drafted straight out of high school by the Los Angeles Lakers, The Black Mamba made a total of 18 NBA All-Star Appearances.  Kobe Bryant was named MVP of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game after a sick performance. Bryant was also named MVP of the 2002 NBA All-Star Game and where Bryant was notoriously booed by his hometown Philadelphia fans. The Philly faithful despised Kobe after losing to The Lakers in 2001 NBA Finals. 

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared in a grand total of 19 NBA All-Star Games. Kareem’s rolling sky-hook overwhelmed opposing All-Star defenders in the 1980 NBA All-Star Game. The Teacher Kareem Abdul-Jabbar schooled the Eastern Conference All-Stars by erasing shots at the rim (5 blocks), controlling the boards like a PowerPoint Presentation (16 rebounds), setting up teammates for successful SAT scores (8 assists), and chalking up 17 points of noteworthy information in the 1980 NBA All-Star Game. NBA Centers need to take notes.

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