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NBA All-Star 2021: who has won the most All-Star Game MVP awards?

Two players, Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit, share the record for the most MVP award wins in the NBA All-Star Game.

Michael Jordan (left) and Kobe Bryant during an NBA All-Star Game.
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NBA legends Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit share the record for the most All-Star Game MVP awards, having both scooped the accolade four times.

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MVP award renamed in Kobe Byrant's honor

Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star, claimed the All-Star Game MVP award in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

The prize was officially renamed the All-Star Game Kobe Bryant Most Valuable Player award after the Los Angeles Lakers great, who won the NBA championship five times, was killed in a helicopter crash in January 2020.

Pettit, who lifted the 1958 NBA title with the St Louis Hawks, where he spent his entire career in the league, was named the All-Star Game’s MVP in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1962.

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Jordan, LeBron among three-time All-Star MVP winners

There are four NBA players who have won the All-Star Game MVP award three times: Oscar Robertson (1961, 1964 and 1969); Michael Jordan (1988, 1996, 1998); Shaquille O’Neal (2000, 2004 and 2009); and LeBron James (2006, 2008 and 2018).

LeBron can equal Bryant, Pettit hauls in 2021 All-Star Game

James, who is a team captain in what is his 17th time as an All-Star, has the opportunity to draw level with Bryant and Pettit in Sunday’s 2021 All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia.

Team LeBron takes on Team Durant in the 70th edition of the fixture at State Farm Arena, with tip-off scheduled for 8:00 pm ET.

2021 All-Star: live with AS English

We’ll be bringing you live-text coverage of the 2021 All-Star Game, as well as the three contests taking place as part of the event: the Skills Challenge, scheduled for 6:30 pm; the 3-point Contest, which is due to follow the Skills Challenge; and the half-time Slam Dunk Contest.

Find out how to watch the All-Star Game and the Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest.


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