The 24 players that have scored the most points in the NBA All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game is coming up. Needless to say, the game will again be filled with the NBA’s best and brightest superstars.

The game has featured some amazing highlights and high-level of play as the 24 best NBA players suit up in the mid-season match-up. In terms of what the league considers their superstars, it’s all about the players that put the ball in the basket. That’s to say that you’ll get a few defensive-minded players to make the team every so often, but being an NBA all-star usually means you’re one of the top player (or top three players if you’re the Golden State Warriors) shouldering the offensive load for your team.

Most Points Scored in an NBA All-Star Game (Player)

The fact that the game is packed with combustible offensive players and no one wants to risk injury, the game is a high-scoring affair you’d see on the playgrounds. In the history of the game, which players have shone the brightest? In other words, what is the most points scored by one player in the NBA All-Star game. We got your list right here:

NBA All-Star: Most Points in a Single Game (by Player)
Rank Year Player Points Team W/L Win MVP?
1 2017 Anthony Davis 52 New Orleans Pelicans W MVP
2 1962 Wilt Chamberlain 42 Philadelphia Warriors L
3 2016 Paul George 41 Indiana Pacers L
3 2015 Russell Westbrook 41 Oklahoma City Thunder W MVP
3 2017 Russell Westbrook 41 Oklahoma City Thunder W
6 1988 Michael Jordan 40 Chicago Bulls W MVP
7 1967 Rick Barry 38 San Francisco Warriors W MVP
7 2014 Kevin Durant 38 Oklahoma City Thunder L
7 2014 Blake Griffin 38 Los Angeles Clippers L
7 2019 Giannis Antetokounmpo 38 Milwaukee Bucks L
11 2011 Kobe Bryant 37 Los Angeles Lakers W MVP
11 2003 Kevin Garnett 37 Minnesota Timberwolves W MVP
13 2012 Kevin Durant 36 Oklahoma City Thunder W MVP
13 2012 LeBron James 36 Miami Heat L
13 2006 Tracy McGrady 36 Houston Rockets L
16 2003 Allen Iverson 35 Philadelphia 76ers L
17 1987 Tom Chambers 34 Seattle Supersonics W MVP
17 2011 Kevin Durant 34 Oklahoma City Thunder W
17 1984 Julius Erving 34 Philadelphia 76ers W
17 1980 George Gervin 34 San Antonio Spurs W MVP
21 1962 Elgin Baylor 32 Los Angeles Lakers W
22 2007 Kobe Bryant 31 Los Angeles Lakers W MVP
22 2002 Kobe Bryant 31 Los Angeles Lakers W MVP
22 2014 Kyrie Irving 31 Cleveland Cavaliers W MVP
22 2016 Russell Westbrook 31 Oklahoma City Thunder W MVP
22 2019 Kevin Durant 31 Golden State Warriors W MVP
27 2017 Giannis Antetokounmpo 30 Milwaukee Bucks L
27 2014 Carmelo Anthony 30 New York Knicks W
27 2013 Kevin Durant 30 Oklahoma City Thunder W
27 1977 Julius Erving 30 Philadelphia 76ers L MVP
27 1975 Walt Frazier 30 New York Knicks W MVP
27 2015 LeBron James 30 Cleveland Cavaliers L
27 1993 Michael Jordan 30 Chicago Bulls L
27 1977 Bob McAdoo 30 Buffalo Braves L
27 1986 Isiah Thomas 30 Detroit Pistons W MVP

The above list features 33 of the highest scoring games by an NBA player in the history of the all-star game. In order to qualify for the list above, the player must have scored 30 or more points.

It’s really a shame that the NBA record for the most points in the game has Anthony Davis’ name at the top with 52 points. Nothing against Davis whatsoever, he’s obviously a NBA superstar, it was more how the game was played and how easily he scored those points. We’ve already established that the NBA All-Star Game doesn’t focus much on defense, but anyone watching that game saw that the way Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain’s 55-year old record wasn’t because he was having an exceptional game it was because there was absolutely no defense being played.

That 2017 All Star Game was clearly an issue. It’s no fun to watch a game like that. After that all-star weekend, the league went into backrooms of their offices to figure out a fun way to make the game as competitive as it can be. That hatched a radical change. Starting in 2018, there would be an All-Star draft that would allow the top-two vote-getters to select their roster no matter the conference.

Highest Scorer on Winning Team = MVP

Looking to see how highest-scorer and how that correlated with winning MVP, we found that if a player was the team’s high scorer and their team won, they had a very high chance of being named the game’s MVP. No surprise there. One of the times that didn’t happen was when Julius Erving scored 34 points for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, but wasn’t voted MVP — that honor went to Isiah Thomas who finished with 21 points and 15 assists. Many of those assists went to setting up Doctor J.

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