The 2021 NBA All Star Game takes place on Sunday March 7 in an empty arena in Atlanta.
Among the 27 players selected, here is the breakdown of how each player was acquired by their current teams.
How Each Player Was Acquired
13 drafted by current team – Giannis, Beal, Embiid, Curry, Jokic, Lillard, Mitchell, Gobert, Williamson, Tatum, Brown, Simmons, Booker
5 signed as free agent – Durant, Irving, James, Leonard, Randle
9 acquired via trade – Davis, Doncic*, George, Paul, Harden, LaVine, Vucevic, Sabonis, Conley
5 #1 overall picks – Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Zion Williamson, Kyrie Irving
22 lottery picks – Beal, Embiid, Curry, Lillard, Mitchell, Williamson, Tatum, Brown, Simmons, Booker, Durant, Irving, James, Randle, Davis, Doncic, George, Paul, Harden, LaVine, Sabonis, Conley
12 top 3 picks – Beal, Embiid, Williamson, Tatum, Brown, Simmons, Durant, Irving, James, Davis, Doncic, Harden
12 top 5 picks – 11 Lebron, Davis, Simmons, James Harden, Luka Doncic, Joel Embiid, Trae Young, Brandon Ingram, Chris Paul, Jason Tatum, Russell Westbrook, Conley
5 players picked #3 – Tatum, Brown, Harden, Doncic, Embiid
2 players pick #15 – Kawhi Leonard, Giannis
1 second round pick – Nikola Jokic
Fun with Teams
Total Nets All Stars – 3 (Durant, Irving, Harden)
Total All Stars drafted with Nets picks – 2 (Tatum, Brown). Both were drafted #3 overall – Brown in 2016 and Tatum in 2017, using picks acquired in the famous Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade to Brooklyn.
Nuggets total All Stars – 1 (Jokic)
Total All Stars drafted by Nuggets who never played for Nuggets – 2 (Mitchell, Gobert). Mitchell in 2017 and Gobert 2013 were both first round picks by the Nuggets, who were each traded to the Jazz on draft night with minimal return for Denver.
Players drafted by New Orleans Hornets – 2 (Chris Paul in 2005 and Anthony Davis in 2011)
5 2021 All Stars played for the OKC Thunder at one point in their careers – most of any team – Durant, Harden, Paul, Sabonis, George.
New Orleans is second with 4 – Davis, Paul, Zion, Randle
Breakdown by college conference
- 5 ACC – Tatum (Duke), Paul (Wake Forest), Mitchell (Lousiville), Irving (Duke), Zion (Duke)
- 5 SEC – Davis (Kentucky), Randle (Kentucky), Simmons (LSU), Beal (Florida), Booker (Kentucky)
- 4 PAC-12 – Harden (Arizona State), Brown (Cal), Lavine (UCLA), Vucevic (USC)
- 2 Big 12 – Embiid (Kansas), Durant (Texas)
- 2 MWC – Kawhi (San Diego State), George (Fresno St)
- 1 Big Ten – Conley (Ohio State)
- 1 Big Sky – Lillard (Weber State)
- 1 WCC – Sabonis (Gonzaga)
- 1 Southern Conference/A-10* – Curry (Davidson)
- 5 No college experience – Lebron, Doncic, Jokic, Giannis, Gobert
*Davidson is currently in the Atlantic-10 conference, however, Curry played at Davidson when they were in the Southern Conference.
Duke and Kentucky each have 3 All Stars