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NBA All-Star Game 2022: Lakers’ LeBron James ties Kobe Bryant with 18th selection

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NBA All-Star Game 2022: Lakers’ LeBron James ties Kobe Bryant with 18th selection

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LeBron James’ unmatched run of sustained greatness continues with the 18th All-Star selection of his 19-year career.

After sitting out as a rookie, James has now been selected as an All-Star for 18 straight seasons, a streak that began with the 2004-05 season. In earning his 18th All-Star selection, James tied Kobe Bryant for the second-most All-Star Game selections in NBA history and is just a shy of tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was selected for 19 All-Star Games. during his Hall of Fame career.

LeBron might currently be second on the all-time list in All-Star selections, but no one has started in more All-Star Games than him. He was selected as an All-Star starter for each of his 18 All-Star appearances. Not only was James elected as a starter in 2022, but he was also the league’s top vote-collector for the ninth time in his career, tying him with Michael Jordan for most years as the top vote-collector in the league. All-Star Game votes.

James was the All-Star Game’s leading vote-getter for the fifth consecutive year, which means he will serve as All-Star captain in the NBA All-Star Draft for the fifth consecutive time. Since the NBA passed its All-Star Draft, “Team LeBron” has posted a perfect 4-0 record in the All-Star Game.

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James, who turned 37 on Dec. 30, 2021, is the fourth-oldest active player in the NBA and the oldest player selected to start the 2022 NBA All-Star Game. It should also be noted that LeBron is the second youngest player to make an All-Star Game appearance (20 years, 52 days) and youngest All-Star Game MVP (21 years, 51 days).

And, for what it’s worth, the oldest NBA All-Star Game MVP is Shaquille O’Neal (36 years, 346 days). James, who is averaging 29.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game this season, is a viable candidate for the award, which would be the fourth of his career, tying the all-time record owned by Bryant and Bob Pettit.

In the history of the NBA All-Star Game, only six players – Abdul-Jabbar, Jordan, Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki – have participated in the annual event after turning 38. With one more selection, LeBron would have become the seventh, tying Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time record in the process.

Who has earned the most All-Star Game selections?

Player Selections
Kareem Abdul Jabbar 19
james lebron 18
Kobe Bryant 18
Tim Duncan 15
Kevin Garnett 15
Shaquille O’Neal 15
Michael Jordan 14
Karl Malone 14
Dirk Nowitzki* 14
jerry west 14

* Nowitzki was a special roster selection in 2019.

NBA All-Star Game 2022: Lakers’ LeBron James ties Kobe Bryant with 18th selection

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