TORONTO – NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto marks the first time that the league’s midseason classic will be held outside the United States. The 65th NBA All-Star Game, televised by TNT and broadcast by ESPN Radio in the United States on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. ET from Air Canada Centre, will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages. Sportsnet ONE and TSN will simulcast the game in Canada.
In honor of this being the Toronto Raptors’ 21st NBA season, here are 21 facts and figures pertaining to NBA All-Star 2016:
NBA All-Star in Toronto
- 1 – The first NBA game was played in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Nov. 1, 1946, and featured the New York Knicks and the Toronto Huskies.
- 12 – A record-tying 12 Canadians are playing in the NBA this season, more than any other country outside the United States. Canadians Trey Lyles, Dwight Powell and Andrew Wiggins will be playing on the World Team in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.
- 40 – NBA Centre Court at Enercare Centre will offer fans the opportunity to participate in a variety of basketball competitions and challenges on more than 40 courts and baskets.
- 52 – Fifty-two of the top high school boys and girls from 27 countries will travel to Toronto for the second annual Basketball without Borders Global Camp.
- 216 – NBA All-Star 2016 will feature 216 current NBA players and legends participating in events, including 41 members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
- 35 / 250 – Highlighted by the inaugural Jr. NBA Day on Feb. 12, the league will host 35 events with more than 250 schools and community organizations in Toronto.
- 1,800 – For every assist made during the NBA All-Star Game, State Farm and NBA Cares will donate $1,800 to Boys & Girls Clubs.
- 110,000 – As part of the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service, nearly 1,000 members of the NBA family and NBA All-Star guests will roll up their sleeves to sort and repack 110,000 pounds of food donations to benefit more than 30,000 Canadians in need.
NBA on TNT
- 14 / 31 – TNT will televise the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 31st year of NBA All-Star coverage.
- 27 / 21 – TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager returns to All-Star, marking the 27th time he has covered the midseason celebration, while play-by-play announcer Marv Albert will be calling his 21st All-Star Game.
NBA on ESPN Radio
- 20 – ESPN Radio will broadcast its 20th NBA All-Star Game, having aired its first in 1996.
NBA on NBA TV
- 4 – NBA TV’s The Starters, a collective of four fan-focused voices – J.E. Skeets, Tas Melas, Trey Kerby and Leigh Ellis – return to their hometown of Toronto with a special weeklong All-Star series.
NBA All-Star Players
- 18 – Kobe Bryant has been named to 18 straight All-Star Games, a record for consecutive selections. His 18 all-time selections are one shy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record.
- 280 – Kobe Bryant has scored 280 points in the All-Star Game, the most all time. LeBron James is two points behind with 278.
- 3 – First-time All-Star selection Kawhi Leonard is one of three players in NBA history to be named an All-Star, Finals MVP and Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The others are Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon.
- 8 – Eight players in All-Star events have NBA D-League experience:
- Will Barton (Verizon Slam Dunk); Khris Middleton (Foot Locker Three-Point Contest); Patrick Beverley (Taco Bell® Skills Challenge); CJ McCollum (Skills); Jordan Clarkson (BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge); Marcus Smart (Stars); Clint Capela (Stars); and Dwight Powell (Stars).
- 10 – Ten 2016 NBA All-Stars are part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night:
- Chris Bosh (Three-Point); DeMarcus Cousins (Skills); Stephen Curry (Three-Point); Anthony Davis (Skills); Andre Drummond (Dunk); Draymond Green (Skills); James Harden (Three-Point); Kyle Lowry (Three-Point); Isaiah Thomas (Skills); and Klay Thompson (Three-Point).
- 26 – Kevin Durant’s All-Star Game scoring average of 26.0 points is the highest of all time.
- 40 – Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson give the Golden State Warriors three players in an All-Star Game for the first time in 40 years. Rick Barry, Phil Smith and Jamaal Wilkes represented the Warriors in the 1976 All-Star Game.
- 44 – Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan give the host city two guards in the All-Star Game for the first time in 44 years. Gail Goodrich and Jerry West represented the Lakers at the 1972 All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
- 60 – First-time All-Star selection Isaiah Thomas was the 60th and final pick in NBA Draft 2011.