2018 NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen
NBA All-Star 2018: By the numbers
Los Angeles to host All-Star Game for record sixth time; 55th anniversary of first All-Star Game played in Los Angeles (1963
LOS ANGELES – The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center (8 p.m. ET) as Los Angeles hosts NBA All-Star for a record sixth time. TNT and ESPN Radio will air the 67th All-Star Game, which will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages through the NBA’s international television and digital partners.
This will mark the NBA’s first All-Star Game without a matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. Under the new format, team captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted the team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference.
Below are some numbers and tidbits pertaining to NBA All-Star 2018.
NBA All-Star in Los Angeles
- 3 – Staples Center will host NBA All-Star for the third time (2004 and 2011).
- 55 – This year is the 55th anniversary of the first NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, in 1963, when Bill Russell recorded 19 points and 24 rebounds to lead the East past the West 115-108.
- 1983 – Moments before the 1983 All-Star Game tipped off at The Forum, legendary R&B singer Marvin Gaye performed an iconic, soul-influenced version of The Star-Spangled Banner.
- 515 – NBA All-Star 2018 will host 515 international media members from 44 countries and territories.
NBA on TNT
- 8 – Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, who played eight seasons together with the Los Angeles Lakers and won three straight NBA championships (2000-02), will be featured in a one-hour interview special on TNT, premiering Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.
- 30,000 – Turner Sports’ fan-focused “NBA on TNT American Express Road Show” will cover 30,000 square feet and host four days of live telecasts, musical performances, basketball clinics, interactive fan experiences and more at Champions Square in Los Angeles.
- 16 – TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 16th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 33rd year of NBA All-Star coverage.
- 78 – TNT and NBA TV analysts who are contributing to All-Star coverage combined for 78 All-Star selections as players (Shaquille O’Neal: 15; Kevin Garnett: 15; Isiah Thomas: 12; Charles Barkley: 11; Grant Hill: 7; Kevin McHale: 7; Chris Webber: 5; Reggie Miller: 5; Steve Smith: 1).
NBA on ESPN
- 15 – ESPN will air the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game for the 15th time (Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. ET).
- 22 – ESPN Radio will broadcast its 22nd NBA All-Star Game.
NBA on NBA TV
- 3 – A conversation between former Boston Celtics teammates Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, winners of three NBA championships together (1981, 1984, 1986), will be featured on NBA TV’s latest installment of Players Only: Monthly, premiering Monday, Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. ET.
- 15,500 – At the conclusion of NBA All-Star 2018, more than 15,500 members of the NBA family will have volunteered during NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service since the inaugural event in 2008. Their collective efforts will have resulted in building more than 90 places where kids and families can live, learn or play, and packing more than 625,000 pounds of food for families.
Basketball Without Borders
- 67 – Sixty-seven boys and girls from 36 countries will participate in the fourth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp, held at the Lakers’ practice facility from Feb. 16-18.
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- 9 – Nine different countries are represented on the World Team’s 10-player roster.
- 1 – Donovan Mitchell is on pace to become the first Utah Jazz rookie to lead the team in scoring for a season, while the Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons is on track to be the first rookie to average at least 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in a season since Magic Johnson in 1979-80.
State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night
- 8 – Eight 2018 NBA All-Stars will participate in Saturday Night events: Bradley Beal (JBL Three-Point Contest); Andre Drummond (Taco Bell® Skills Challenge); Joel Embiid (Skills); Paul George (Three-Point); Al Horford (Skills); Kyle Lowry (Three-Point); Victor Oladipo (Verizon Slam Dunk); and Klay Thompson (Three-Point).
- 1984 – Verizon Slam Dunk participant Larry Nance Jr.’s father, former NBA All-Star Larry Nance, won the league’s inaugural dunk contest, at NBA All-Star 1984.
NBA All-Star Game
- 314 – LeBron James is the leading scorer in All-Star Game history with 314
- 500,000 – Team LeBron (playing for After-School All-Stars Los Angeles) and Team Stephen (Brotherhood Crusade) will combine to donate $500,000 to community-based organizations, with the winning team’s organization receiving $350,000 and the losing team’s receiving $150,000.
- 20 – The San Antonio Spurs, represented by LaMarcus Aldridge, have had at least one player selected to 20consecutive All-Star Games, the NBA’s longest active streak.
- 5 – Stephen Curry will be the first player in Warriors history to start five straight All-Star Games.
- 11 – Eleven-time Grammy® Award winner Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D will perform at halftime of the All-Star Game.
NBA G League International Challenge presented by Kumho Tire
- 13 – Thirteen of the NBA G League’s top performers were selected to form NBA G League USA and compete against the Mexico National Team in the first-ever international exhibition at NBA All-Star.