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Thursday, February 8, 2001
NBA All-Star Game MVPs

By Phillip Lee
Special to ESPN Classic

We've seen many brilliant performances in NBA All-Star history. From the first All-Star contest in 1951 to Magic's return in 1992 to last year's co-MVP's Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan, many great players have had outstanding showings in the first 49 years of All-Star festivities. Here's a quick look back at some MVP moments.

  • The first NBA All-Star was played in 1951 at Boston Garden. The East beat the West, 111-94. Boston's Ed Macauley scored 20 points and was the named the MVP.

  • The All-Star MVP award has been shared three times. It happened in 1959 with Elgin Baylor and Bob Pettit; 1993 with Karl Malone and John Stockton and in 2000 with Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan. However, Malone and Stockton hold a distinction because they are the first players from the same NBA team to share the award.

  • What do Lenny Wilkens, Larry Bird and Ed Macauley all have in common? They each won the All-Star MVP and then went on to went to win the All-Star game as a coach.

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the record for All-Star appearances with 18, but never won the MVP.

  • Bob Pettit holds the record for most All-Star MVP awards with four. Michael Jordan and Oscar Roberston has each won it three times.

  • The Boston Celtics have the most All-Star MVP winners with seven. The winners were Ed Macauley, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, Nate Archibald and Larry Bird.