NBA All-Star 2022: who has won the most All-Star Game MVP awards?
Bob Pettit held the NBA All-Star Game MVP record for almost half a century. LeBron James became the youngest player to pick up the award in 2006.
The NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP award is given to the player who is voted the best performer in the annual All-Star Game, based on the number of points received in votes cast by panel of members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America once the game has finished. A further 20 per cent of the final result comes from votes received by the public. Voting for the All-Star Game MVP can be done via SMS or through Twitter, using the relevant hashtags (#player's first and last name, #KiaAllStarMVP).
NBA legends Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit share the record for the most All-Star Game MVP awards, having both picked up the accolade four times.
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In February 2020, the NBA decided to rename the All-Star MVP award after Kobe Bryant, who tragically passed away with his daughter Gianna in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California the previous month. "No one embodied All-Star more than Kobe Bryant," explained NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star, claimed the All-Star Game MVP award in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Pettit, who lifted the 1958 NBA title with the St Louis Hawks, where he spent his entire career in the league, was voted the All-Star Game’s MVP in 1956, 1958, 1959 and 1962.
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 pull level with Bryant and Pettit in 2022 All-Star Game
James, team captain in his 18th All-Star Game, has the opportunity to draw level with Bryant and Pettit in Sunday’s 2022 All-Star Game in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
Team LeBron takes on Team Durant in the 71st edition of the fixture with the game scheduled to tip-off at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
2022 All-Star: live with AS USA
You can also follow the 2022 All-Star Game right here on AS USA with our live-text coverage. We’ll be building up to the game in Cleveland from about an hour ahead of tip-off, before talking you through all the action as it unfolds.