Wilt Chamberlain – 1962
Stat line: 42 points, 24 rebounds
Wilt was indeed ‘The Stilt’ in his heydays, especially in in the 1961-62 season. As evident in that stat line, he dominated opponents every single night. It’s actually the same season where he averaged an unbreakable 50.4 points per game in an entire year and scored 100 points in a single game.
LeBron James – 2011
Stat line: 29 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists
LeBron was on ‘villain’ mode for pretty much the 2010-11 season, his first year with the Miami Heat. That mindset was on display in the All-Star game, as he recorded only the second triple-double in the game’s history and almost led the Eastern Conference to a 17-point comeback.
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10. Charles Barkley – 1991
Stat line: 17 points, 22 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block
Barkley had a fairly good all-around performance, but he mostly lived up to his ‘The Round Mound of Rebound’ nickname in the ’91 ASG. He went over 20 boards, which is rare even in today’s fast-paced game. What’s extra impressive is he did that while guys like Karl Malone, David Robinson, and Patrick Ewing were on the floor.
9. Magic Johnson – 1992
Stat line: 25 points, five rebounds, nine assists, two steals
This was Magic’s one-night comeback, three months after he abruptly retired due to testing positive for HIV. It was supposed just be a feel-good moment, but he also showed that he was still on the same level despite being removed from pro action.
The elite court vision and ball handling was on display, but the best moments were in the closing seconds of the game, where he matched up one-on-one with Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas on separate plays. Against the latter, he swished a deep, fall-away three-pointer to top things off nicely.
8. Dwyane Wade – 2010
Stat line: 28 points, six rebounds, 11 assists, five steals
It was a classic, all-around performance that edged out every single star in the building. He had game-highs in points and steals, and was a close second to Steve Nash’s 13 dimes. His shots were efficient as well as he went 12-for-16.
7. Michael Jordan – 1997
Stat line: 14 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals
‘His Airness’ has two appearances on the list, and this first one exemplified how all-around he can be whenever he pleases and how effective he can be despite a pedestrian shooting night (5-for-14). This was the first-ever triple-double in the ASG, and it remains as the fastest out of all the four in history (26 minutes).
6. Kevin Garnett – 2003
Stat line: 37 points, nine rebounds, three assists, five steals, one block
The game will probably be more remembered as Michael Jordan’s last All-Star game, but the record books will show that KG was the brightest star that night. He was at his absolute peak and simply lorded over everyone with solid shot-making (17-for-24, all from two). Garnett co-led the fourth quarter comeback and made crucial baskets and free throws in the two overtime periods.
5. Kobe Bryant – 2011
Stat line: 37 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals
The game was in Los Angeles, and it featured the Miami Heat’s newly-formed superstar trio, so you know the ‘Black Mamba’ had something special in mind. The East almost rallied back to win, but Kobe and his strong efforts from the early quarters proved to be enough.
With LeBron James rising as the best player in the world at that time, we ought to look back at this performance as Kobe’s way of reminding us he was still sitting firmly at the throne.
4. Scottie Pippen – 1994
Stat line: 29 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, four steals, one block
Scottie Pippen powered the Chicago Bulls to a 55-27 record in the 1993-94 season, when they were supposed to be reeling from Michael Jordan’s shocking retirement. He treated the year to prove that he was more than MJ’s sidekick, and the ’94 All-Star Game was one of his big canvases.
3. Isiah Thomas – 1986
Stat line: 30 points, 10 assists, five steals
This was prior to Thomas and the Detroit Pistons emerging as a title contender, and it became one of the signs that they are barreling their way into the scene. ‘Zeke’ outshined the East’s superstars and led them against the West squad, most notably the Los Angeles Lakers’ vaunted trio of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and James Worthy. He’s still the only player in ASG history to have 30-plus points and 10-plus assists in the same game.
2. Allen Iverson – 2001
Stat line: 25 points, five assists, four steals
While it’s not statistically on par with the other stat-stuffing performances in this list, it made up for how he impressively led a late-game comeback. With the East trailing by 21 points with only nine minutes remaining, Iverson suddenly turned his ‘hero ball’ mode on and scored 15 fourth-quarter points to carry the team to a nail-biting one-point victory.
1. Michael Jordan – 1988
Stat line: 40 points, eight rebounds, three assists, four steals, four blocks
Well, need we say more? It’s the consensus ‘GOAT’ doing ‘GOAT’ things at the tender age of 24. It’s arguably the most complete All-Star game performance of all-time, and it was against a bevy of champions and future hall-of-famers. Watching how relaxed, smooth, and ahead Jordan’s game was over everyone, particularly in the 80s, is always fun to watch.