The NBA will be having its 69th All-Star weekend starting February 14. As per tradition, Friday night will consist of the celebrity game and the Rising Stars Game, Saturday will be having the same events (Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and Dunk Contest), and of course, the All-Star game will conclude the weekend on Sunday night. Being named an All-Star is an […]
The NBA will be having its 69th All-Star weekend starting February 14. As per tradition, Friday night will consist of the celebrity game and the Rising Stars Game, Saturday will be having the same events (Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and Dunk Contest), and of course, the All-Star game will conclude the weekend on Sunday night. Being named an All-Star is an honor in the NBA. From the likes of Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and a bunch of others, you always mention the number of All-Star appearances.
For today however we will not be looking back at the multiple time All-Stars, rather the one-time All-Stars. Every year, there are always a few guys that you look back on and say “oh yeah, he is an All-Star”. This article we take a trip down memory lane and take a look at the members who are in the famous (or infamous) “One-Time All-Star Club”.
I went back at every All-Star roster since the 2000 game and looked at the guys who made only ONE appearance in the game, complete with the season stats they had for that season. But before we get to that, let’s looks at the first-timers heading into 2020.
The 2020 first-timers (and likely multiple timers)
Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat) – 15.8 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.2 BPG, 54 games (54 starts)
Adebayo was selected 14th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. After two solid first seasons in the league, the former Kentucky big man has stepped up this season, averaging career-highs across the board and showing that he is a nice young piece the Heat have this season. If he continues this momentum for the rest of his career, he’ll likely be a multiple-time All-Star.
Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns) – 26.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.3 APG, 52 games (52 starts)
Booker has been a star since joining the desert and seemingly has not gotten a lot of love when it came to an All-Star selection. He was considered one of the bigger snub selections this season but an injury to Damian Lillard will now have him in the ASG for the first time in his career. In a guard-heavy tough Western Conference, it took a while for Booker to get the recognition. If he makes the Suns into a legit playoff contender, this won’t be the last time you see him in the annual game.
Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks) – 28.9 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 8.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, 44 games (44 starts)
You could have made the argument that Luka should have been an All-Star last season, after averaging 21.1 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. The sophomore slump is a non-factor here as Dončič has been an absolute beast this season as he is currently averaging a near triple-double. The Dirk Nowitzki Era may be gone in Dallas but the Luka Era is just getting started. He’ll no doubt be a multiple-time All-star when it is all set and done.
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) – 15.6 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.9 BPG, 52 games (52 starts)
Before his selection, there was an argument that Gobert was one of the best current players in the NBA to never be named an All-Star. The former two-time Defensive Player of the Year finally gets the nod this season. In recent years, true centers have not gotten a lot of love in the All-Star selection process.
Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans) – 24.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.0 SPG, 47 games (47 starts)
A change of scenery has been great for Ingram, as the former second overall pick has been averaging career highs across the board.
Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) – 24.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 4.3 APG, 1.1 SPG, 53 games (53 starts)
Mitchell has been averaging over 20 points since entering the league in 2017 and has formed a nice duo with Rudy Gobert in Utah. In a tough Western Conference, Mitchell finally gets the recognition he deserves.
Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors) – 23.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 44 games (44 starts)
Siakam was great last season but improved once again as he has become the top star next to Kyle Lowry for Toronto once Kawhi Leonard left the last offseason. Siakam has a future multiple-time All-Star written all over him.
Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers) – 18.3 PPG, 12.5 RPG, 4.8 APG, 52 games (52 starts)
Some question the Sabonis nod over the likes of Bradley Beal but Sabonis has had a solid season in Indiana in his own right. He has been the team’s number one scoring option when Victor Oladipo was out with an injury. Still only 23, he has the potential to be an All-Star once again down the line.
Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) – 22.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.4 SPG, 50 games (50 starts)
At 21, the Celtics have a bright young star in Tatum, you finally get his first All-Star nod in his third season. Averaging career highs across the board, Tatum is a future multiple-time All-Star.
Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) – 29.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 9.2 APG, 1.2 SPG, 50 games (50 starts)
Young had a lot of hype entering the NBA last season and has not disappointed, earning his first All-Star nod in his second season. Some are arguing that Young shouldn’t be a starter in the All-Star game due to the team success (currently 15-41 heading into the All-Star Break) but I think he more than deserves it. Much like everyone else mentioned, he’ll be a future multi-time All-Star.
The majority (if not all) these guys heading into the 2020 game will likely be out of this list come 2021 but I had to give a nod to those guys finally getting their recognition. Now, the fun part, starting with the 2000 ASG.
Dale Davis (Indiana Pacers) – 10.0 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 74 games (72 starts)
Davis was a regular starter for the Pacers from 1991-2000, earning his first and only All-Star appearance in his final season in Indiana. Indiana was one of the best teams in the NBA that season, with a 56-26 record on route to an NBA Finals appearance. He joined fellow teammate Reggie Miller for the 2000 game, scoring four points and eight rebounds.
Antonio Davis (Toronto Raptors) – 13.7 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 78 games (77 starts)
The 2001 ASG saw a few injury replacements and some of the one-timers were the reason for this. Davis was one of those injury replacements, replacing Theo Ratliff. Davis was a solid double-double machine that was a force defending the paint. A solid player throughout his career, despite having only one All-Star appearance. Davis scored eight points and nine rebounds in that game.
Vlade Divac (Sacramento Kings) – 12.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.1 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 81 games (81 starts)
Divac was a mainstay in Sacramento during his time there but was only named to one All-Star game, where he replaced Shaquille O’Neal. He only played nine minutes during that game where he scored eight points and secured three rebounds.
Anthony Mason (Miami Heat) – 16.1 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 80 games (80 starts)
Mason only had one year in Miami but made it worthwhile as he was named to the All-Star game during that season. He did start that game due to Grant Hill being out with an injury but failed to score in that game.
Antonio McDyess (Denver Nuggets) – 20.8 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.5 BPG, 70 games (70 starts)
McDyess played in the NBA from 1995-2011 but only made one All-Star appearance but there is a case that he should have been named to a few more, mainly during his time with the Nuggets, averaging over 18 points and seven rebounds in four of his six seasons with the team. McDyess scored eight points and eight rebounds in that game.
Theo Ratliff (Philadelphia 76ers) *did not play* – 12.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.2 APG, 3.7 BPG, 50 games (50 starts)
Many forget that Ratliff was a defensive monster early in his career, earning two All-Defensive second-team selections while leading the league in blocks for three seasons. While he did not play due to injury, he was a key player in the 76ers success during the late 90s early 00s. Fun fact here, Ratliff was actually traded to the Atlanta Hawks right after All-Star Weekend.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim (Atlanta Hawks) – 21.2 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 77 games (77 starts)
Abdur-Rahim I believe is one of the more underrated players. He had a career scoring average of 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a star for the then Vancouver Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks. Abdur-Rahim scored only nine points and six rebounds in that game.
Wally Szczerbiak (Minnesota Timberwolves) – 18.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.1 APG, 82 games (82 starts)
Szczerbiak was a three-point marksman during his career and was a solid player during his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where his best season came in 2001-02 season, where he earned his only All-Star appearance. He scored 10 points in that game.
Jamal Mashburn (New Orleans Hornets) – 21.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 82 games (81 starts)
The only one-timer in the 2003 ASG was a solid payer in the early part of his career with the Dallas Mavericks in the late 90s but it took him until the 2002-03 season with the then New Orleans Hornets to get All-Star recognition. Mashburn scored 10 points in his only All-Star game and looked to be a solid piece for the Hornets future but a knee injury the next season ultimately led him to retirement.
Sam Cassell (Minnesota Timberwolves) – 19.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 7.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 81 games (81 starts)
The Minnesota Timberwolves were dominant during that time led by Kevin Garnett but Cassell was also a key player during that time. His 19.8 points during that season were the best in his career and scored four points in that game, to go along with seven assists.
Andrei Kirilenko (Utah Jazz) – 16.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.9 SPG, 2.8 BPG, 78 games (78 starts)
Kirilenko was a great player with the Utah Jazz with the likes of Deron Williams and Mehmet Okur. A scoring forward that was also a great defender, he scored only two points in the 2004 game.
Jamaal Magloire (New Orleans Hornets) – 13.6 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.4 BPG, 82 games (82 starts)
The journeyman in Magloire was a head-scratching choice, given that he was only averaging under 14 points a game. Still, he had an impressive run in the game, where he scored 19 points and secured eight rebounds.
Kenyon Martin (New Jersey Nets) – 16.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.3 BPG, 65 games (62 starts)
Martin was the first overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft where he helped the then New Jersey Nets go to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances. Martin had an impressive game where he scored 17 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks) – 21.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 82 games (82 starts)
Many forget that Michael Redd was an absolute beast when he was with the Milwaukee Bucks. While his 21.7 PPG that season was impressive, that was not even his best season (he averaged 23.0, 25.4, 26.7, 22.7 in the following four seasons). The guy was a three-point specialist that was one of the more underrated players in the 2000s. If not for the knee injuries in the latter part of his career, he could have been a multiple-time All-Star. Still, in this game, he scored 13 points to go along with three steals.
Ron Artest (Indiana Pacers) – 18.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 2.1 SPG, 73 games (71 starts)
Artest (now Metta World Peace) had an interesting career. He was a defensive stopper that could also score 20 on any night and made the Indiana Pacers a competitive team. If not for the infamous Pistons-Pacers brawl that saw the entire team dismantle, that team could have been a serious Finals contender. Artest scored seven points to go along with three rebounds and three assists.
Josh Howard (Dallas Mavericks) – 20.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 76 games (76 starts)
The 2005 and 2006 games did not see any first and only one-time All-Stars so we skip to 2007. Josh Howard originally did not get the All-Star selection but was named an injury replacement for Carlos Boozer. He was a longtime starter for the late 2000s Dallas Mavericks as a solid double-digit scorer. He ended up scoring only three points and four rebounds in that year’s game.
Mehmet Okur (Utah Jazz) – 17.6 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 2.4 APG, 80 games (80 starts)
Remember when Okur was an All-Star? The former Utah big man is the first Turkish player to participate in the event as he was one of the few replacements for that game. Okur only scored four points in that game to go along with two rebounds.
Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers) – 25.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.4 BPG, 67 games (66 starts)
No 2008 only one-timers so we jump to 2009. Long before the likes of Paul George and now Victor Oladipo, Granger was the lead man in Indiana. Granger’s 2008-09 season was the best in his career, as he also earned that year’s Most Improved Player of the Year award. He looked to have a bright future and multiple All-Star appearances under his belt but knee injuries halted any momentum he had. Still, we can’t forget how much of an impact he had for the Pacers. He only scored two points in that year’s game.
Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets) – 21.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, 69 games (69 starts)
Yup. Did you know Devin Harris at one point was an All-Star? The former New Jersey Net and Dallas Maverick had a solid NBA career with his 2008-09 season being his best one. He scored six points in that year’s game.
Jameer Nelson (Orlando Magic) *did not play* – 16.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.2 SPG, 42 games (42 starts)
We know Dwight Howard was the centerpiece for the Orlando Magic during the 2000s but Nelson deserves just as much credit in running the offense. Unfortunately, a torn labrum forced him to miss his only All-Star appearance.
Mo Williams (Cleveland Cavaliers) – 17.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 4.1 APG, 81 games (81 starts)
LeBron James was the guy in Cleveland and Williams was second in command during the early days of Cleveland’s success. He ended up replacing Chris Bosh in the ASG due to injury and had himself a night, scoring 12 points and dishing out five assists.
Chris Kaman (Los Angeles Clippers) – 18.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.2 BPG, 76 games (76 starts)
The Clippers were one of the worst teams in the NBA and Kaman was the starting center during that team. A solid double-double machine, he was an injury replacement to Brandon Roy. The big man only scored four points and three rebounds in that game.
Gerald Wallace (Charlotte Bobcats) – 18.2 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 76 games (76 starts)
From one bad team to another. An interesting fact here as Wallace is the only Charlotte Bobcat named to an All-Star Game (not counting the multiple Charlotte Hornets). Wallace was a solid defender and scorer for the team but many forget since the team was not great. He scored only two points and three rebounds in that game.
Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) – 18.7 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.9 SPG, 60 games (60 starts)
No 2011 only one-timers so we skip to 2012. Bynum has the record for the youngest player ever drafted in the NBA (17 at the time in 2005). It took him a few years to develop but we started to see what the Lakers big man was all about, as he was the starting center during the Lakers back-to-back championship runs. An early knee injury (five minutes into the game) did not allow him to fully participate in the ASG, only grabbing three rebounds with one assist, one steal, and a block. This was a trend towards the tail end of his career as he ultimately retired from knee injuries in 2014.
Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers) – 12.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 62 games (62 starts)
Long before his days as a key role player for the Warriors dynasty, Iguodala was a scoring machine for the 76ers. Arguments have been made that Iggy should have been a multiple-time All-Star during his time in Philadelphia but earned only one nod in 2012. He made the most out of it, as he scored 12 points to go along with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.
Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks) – 10.4 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 66 games (66 starts)
I was a huge fan of Tyson Chandler when he was on the Knicks, a nightly double-double machine that was a nightmare when it came to defending the paint. He may not light up the box score but he did all the little things that made him a fan favorite no matter what team he played for. Chandler scored seven points to go along with eight rebounds that night.
Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers) – 17.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 8.0 APG, 1.6 SPG, 78 games (78 starts)
Now known as a solid defending and scoring point guard in New Orleans, Holiday was a rising star when he was with the 76ers. He scored six points to go along with two rebounds and two steals in that game.
Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets) – 19.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.1 BPG, 74 games (74 starts)
Lopez was a star for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets from 2008-2017 but only earned one All-Star appearance, never getting the recognition he deserved at the time. He was not originally selected as he was a replacement for the injured Rajon Rondo. Lopez scored three points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks) – 12.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.9 APG, 75 games (75 starts)
A replacement for the injured Dwyane Wade, Korver earned the All-Star nod after being a key contributor for the 60-22 Atlanta Hawks (remember that?). He had a night to remember, scoring 21 points mainly from three-point shots.
Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks) – 15.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 7.0 APG, 1.7 SPG, 73 games (72 starts)
To go along with Korver, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford, the Hawks had a record-tying four All-Stars in the same season. Teague was the starting point guard with the Hawks during their success. Teague scored 14 points in that game.
Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz) – 21.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 73 games (73 starts)
Hayward was a scoring machine during his days in Utah. After years of getting snubbed out, he finally got the nod in 2017. He scored eight points that game to go along with four steals.
DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) – 12.7 PPG, 13.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.7 BPG, 81 games (81 starts)
During his decade run as a Clipper (2008-2018), Jordan was a defensive nightmare at the center position and at times he was considered one of the better players to be never named an All-Star. He was named to All-Defensive and All-NBA teams but never got the All-Star nod until 2017. Jordan scored six points to go along with three rebounds in that game.
Goran Dragić (Miami Heat) – 17.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.8 APG, 75 games (75 starts)
Dragić was a solid scoring point guard when he was with the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat but only made one All-Star appearance in 2018 as an injury replacement for Kevin Love. He only scored two points in that game to go along with four rebounds and one assist.
Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks) *did not play* – 22.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.2 APG, 2.4 BPG, 48 games (48 starts)
Ah man, this hurts. Porzingis was something special in New York and as a fan, he was making the Knicks fun again to watch. An All-Star selection in his third season showed that he was something special. An ACL injury weeks before the game forced him to miss the ASG and well….the rest is history for his Knicks tenure. I miss him as a Knick but I am glad to see him back on the court and Dallas has something special with him and Luka Dončič.
D’Angelo Russell (Brooklyn Nets) – 21.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 7.0 APG, 1.2 SPG, 81 games (81 starts)
Russell was good in Los Angeles but improved greatly once he was traded to the Nets. Originally an All-Star snub when the rosters were announced, Russell was named as a replacement for Victor Oladipo. He scored six points in the game to go along with three assists.
Nikola Vučevič (Orlando Magic) – 20.8 PPG, 12.0 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.0 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 80 games (80 starts
Probably one of the more underrated players in recent years, the long time Orlando big man finally got an All-Star selection in 2019 when he was averaging career highs across the board. A constant double-double machine, Vučevič scored four points along with five rebounds in the game.
A long article but a good one if you are a sports historical nerd like myself. Some of the names mentioned have been forgotten while some make you wonder, “how did they only get one All-Star selection in their career?”
The recent guys in the late 2010s may very well be a participant in the game down the line while most of the 2020 first-timers will no doubt be involved again, taking them away from this list. Regardless, I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory like I did.