CHICAGO – NBA All-Star 2020 in Chicago will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages on their televisions, computers, mobile phones and tablets, culminating with the 69th NBA All-Star Game when Team LeBron faces Team Giannis on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the United Center. TNT and ESPN Radio will air the NBA All-Star Game live in the United States at 8 p.m. ET.
Below are some numbers and tidbits pertaining to NBA All-Star 2020.
NBA All-Star Game
• 24/2/9 – Team Giannis will wear 24 and Team LeBron will wear No. 2 – the basketball jersey numbers of the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, respectively. Both teams will wear jersey patches displaying nine stars, representing Kobe, Gianna and their seven friends and teammates who tragically passed away in a helicopter accident on Jan. 26.
• 16 – LeBron James has earned his 16th All-Star selection, moving into sole possession of third place all time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) and Kobe Bryant (18). When he takes the court in Chicago, James will set the NBA record for All-Star starts with 16, one more than Bryant (15).
• 9 – Nine players are first-time All-Star selections, the most in 10 years: Bam Adebayo, Luka Dončić, Rudy Gobert, Brandon Ingram, Donovan Mitchell, Domantas Sabonis, Pascal Siakam, Jayson Tatum and Trae Young.
• 8 – Eight NBA All-Stars are under 24, the most since the inaugural All-Star Game in 1951 (nine): Luka Dončić (20), Trae Young (21), Jayson Tatum (21), Brandon Ingram (22), Bam Adebayo (22), Donovan Mitchell (23), Ben Simmons (23) and Domantas Sabonis (23).
• 2 – Dončić and Young are both All-Star starters in their second NBA season. The last time multiple second-year NBA players started the same All-Star Game was in 1996 (Grant Hill and Jason Kidd).
NBA All-Star Around the World
• 420/53 – More than 420 international media members from 53 countries and territories are traveling to Chicago to cover NBA All-Star 2020.
• 19/14 – A record 19 international players from 14 countries are set to participate in NBA Rising Stars, State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night and/or the NBA All-Star Game.
• 8 – A record eight international players are NBA All-Stars: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Luka Dončić (Slovenia), Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Rudy Gobert (France), Nikola Jokić (Serbia), Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania), Pascal Siakam (Cameroon) and Ben Simmons (Australia).
NBA All-Star on TNT and NBA TV
• 25 – TNT’s Marv Albert will call his 25th NBA All-Star Game, the most by any announcer (TV: 23, Radio: 2).
• 8 – Analysts Shaquille O’Neal (3), Isiah Thomas (2), Charles Barkley (1), Dwyane Wade (1) and Candace Parker (1) have won eight All-Star MVP awards combined during their careers in the NBA and WNBA.
• 6 – The TNT announcing team of Marv Albert, Reggie Miller and Chris Webber will call its sixth straight NBA All-Star Game together.
NBA on ESPN
• 24 – ESPN Radio will broadcast its 24th NBA All-Star Game.
• 17 – ESPN will televise the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles for the 17th time (Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. ET).
• 200 – More than 200 team in-game entertainers and personnel will perform during the NBA All-Star Game, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, NBA Rising Stars and the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
NBA Cares and Jr. NBA
• 1,000,000 – More than $1 million will be contributed to Chicago community nonprofit organizations through NBA All-Star 2020 outreach efforts.
• 1,000/50 – More than 1,000 students from Chicago Public Schools from nearly 50 neighborhoods across the city will participate in the fifth annual Jr. NBA Day on Friday, Feb. 14.
• 20 – The first-ever NBA All-Star Youth Leadership Council has convened 20 young people from Chicago to research challenges facing their communities and collaborate on youth-driven solutions for change in their neighborhoods.
Basketball Without Borders
• 64/34 – The Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp will feature 64 top boys and girls from 34 countries and regions. The sixth annual BWB Global Camp will be held on Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 16 at Quest Multisport.
NBA Rising Stars
• 4 – A record four Canadians are participating in NBA Rising Stars, the most ever from a non-U.S. country: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, RJ Barrett, Brandon Clarke and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
• 3 –S. Team participants Ja Morant and Kendrick Nunn have won all three Kia NBA Western and Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards this season, respectively.
• 1 – The last two No. 1 overall picks in the NBA Draft will compete: Deandre Ayton (2018) for the World Team and Zion Williamson (2019) for the U.S. Team.
State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night
• 11 – Former champion Dwight Howard returns to AT&T Slam Dunk for the first time in 11
• 6 – The MTN DEW 3-Point Contest features two new shots in the MTN DEW Zone, located 6 feet behind the 3-point line. Known as the “3-Ball,” these two shots will be worth three points each.
• 3 – Three previous winners of the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge – Patrick Beverley (2015), Spencer Dinwiddie (2018) and Jayson Tatum (2019) – will compete in this year’s event.
NBA Hotshot Challenge
• 31 – Thirty-one local champions will compete for the 2020 NBA Hotshot Challenge Championship on Saturday, Feb. 15. The shooting competition is powered by HomeCourt, a mobile basketball training app that uses advanced machine learning and computer vision to track a player’s basketball skills with an iPhone or iPad. Pool play will take place at Navy Pier and the championship will be at Wintrust Arena.
NBA All-Star in Chicago
• 1988/1973 – Chicago previously hosted NBA All-Star in 1988 and 1973.
• 50 – Michael Jordan received a perfect score of 50 on his final dunk to defeat Dominique Wilkins in the 1988 Slam Dunk.
• 16 – Sixteen Hall of Famers played in the 1988 All-Star Game: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Maurice Cheeks, Clyde Drexler, Alex English, Patrick Ewing, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Kevin McHale, Hakeem Olajuwon, Isiah Thomas, James Worthy and Dominique Wilkins.
• 3 – Larry Bird won his third consecutive 3-Point Contest in 1988.
NBA G League
• 8 – Eight NBA G League alums are participating in State Farm All-Star Saturday Night: Davis Bertans (3-Point), Spencer Dinwiddie (Skills), Devonte’ Graham (3-Point), Joe Harris (3-Point), Derrick Jones Jr. (Slam Dunk), Khris Middleton (Skills), Duncan Robinson (3-Point) and Pascal Siakam (Skills).
• 3 – A record three NBA All-Stars are NBA G League veterans: Pascal Siakam, Rudy Gobert and Khris Middleton. Siakam is the first NBA G League veteran named to start an NBA All-Star Game.