The 2020 NBA all-star game makes it's return to Chicago. Chicago previously held the game in 1988 and 1973.
East: Young, Walker, Antetokounmpo, Siakam, Embiid
West: Doncic, Harden, James, Leonard, Davis
East Reserves: Butler, Adebayo, Simmons, Middleton, Tatum, Lowry, Sabonis
West Reserves: Jokic, Lillard, Gobert, Paul, Westbrook, Mitchell, Ingram
NBA All-star Game History
The idea of holding an All-Star Game was conceived during a meeting between NBA President Maurice Podoloff, NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen and Boston Celtics owner Walter A. Brown in 1950. Podoloff balked at the idea of having a basketball game similar to what the MLB did every season, but relented when Brown said he would host the game and incur all the expenses associated with the game.
The first NBA all-star game took place in Boston in 1951 and Celtics forward Ed Macauley was named MVP. The game was an immediate success, Boston which had only been drawing in about 3,500 fans a game, seen over 10,000 people come to watch the game.
The first two NBA all-star games were held in Boston, afterwards it went to the team with the best record. In 1953 Fort Wayne became the second city to host the game. In 1954 and 55 New York City became the second and last city to host the game in back-to-back years. Following concerns that the same cities would always host the game, and that more time and money was needed to prepare for the game, the NBA decided to start awarding the game to cities who bid for it. Boston would be the last team to host it based on record in 1957.
Hosting the NBA all-star game has since become big business. Teams make a lot of money from hosting, and starting in the 1980s the NBA began an unofficial policy of granting the game to cities who just built new arenas.
35 different cities have hosted the game at least once. only Las Vegas has hosted the game while not having a team, but the game has been played in several cities that no longer have NBA teams. Cities that hosted the NBA All-star game that no longer have a team are: Fort Wayne (53), Rochester(56), St Louis (58, 62, 65), Syracuse (61), Cincinnati (65), Baltimore (69), Seattle (71, 74, 87), and East Rutherford (82). Toronto is the only non US city to host the game doing so in 2016.
Portland, Sacramento, Memphis, and Oklahoma City are the only current NBA cities that have not yet hosted an NBA All-Star Game, and no plans for them to host them are in the immediate future. Though, with the Kings finally attracting enough funds to build a new stadium and the NBA's policy of gifting the games to cities who build new arenas, a game in the California Capitol is likely.
the 2016 NBA all-star game in Toronto was the first time that the NBA all-star game had been held outside the United States.