The NBA is quite an interesting landscape at the moment, with 2 teams taking up the bulk of All-Star talent around the league. The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are two superteams with exceptional players on their rosters, while other teams such as the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks and NBA Finalists Phoenix Suns are right in the mix again. But which of these teams have the most All-Stars in NBA history?
We have seen some very dominant NBA teams throughout the years, and All-Star talent is often the reason for their success in the regular season and the playoffs. Here is the list of the 10 most talented teams in NBA history in terms of total All-Star appearances, starting with the 2007 Miami Heat team led by Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal.
10. 2006-2007 Miami Heat - 39 All-Star Selections
Player All-Star Appearances: Shaquille O’Neal (14), Gary Payton (9), Alonzo Mourning (7), Dwyane Wade (3), Eddie Jones (3), Antoine Walker (3)
The 2006-2007 Miami Heat were the team that was put together by Pat Riley after Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal led the team to an NBA title a year prior. The following season, the Heat acquired 3-time All-Star Eddie Jones mid-season to bolster their depth at the shooting guard position. Jones only averaged 9.5 PPG with the Heat, but this team was stacked with talent although they were swept in the first round of the playoffs.
9. 2012-2013 Miami Heat - 39 All-Star Selections
Player All-Star Appearances: Ray Allen (10), LeBron James (9), Dwyane Wade (9), Chris Bosh (8), Rashard Lewis (2), Juwan Howard (1)
The 2013 Miami Heat were NBA champions, unsurprisingly, because they had a ton of All-Star help with the addition of sharpshooter Ray Allen. At that time, Allen had the most All-Star appearances on the team as an older veteran, and he did hit one of the biggest shots in playoff history against the Spurs in the Finals. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh; this Heat team was all-time great.
8. 2003-2004 Los Angeles Lakers - 41 All-Star Selections
Player All-Star Appearances: Karl Malone (14), Shaquille O’Neal (11), Gary Payton (9), Kobe Bryant (6), Horace Grant (1)
The 2004 Lakers should have won the NBA title, but their chemistry issues let them down in the Finals series against the Detroit Pistons. Had the Lakers won, NBA history might have been altered because Kobe might have had 6 championships or possibly more. But O’Neal and Bryant could not get along, and even the additions of future Hall of Famers Karl Malone and Gary Payton could not solve the chemistry problems running deep in the roster.
7. 2013-2014 Miami Heat - 41 All-Star Selections
Player All-Star Appearances: LeBron James (10), Dwyane Wade (10), Ray Allen (10), Chris Bosh (9), Rashard Lewis (2)
A year after the Miami Heat won their second straight NBA title, they ran it back again to meet the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals for a rematch. James and Wade both made the All-Star Team in 2014, which makes this team even better than the 2013 team. But the Spurs were rampant, and would not be denied their revenge as they took down the Heat in 5 games with Kawhi Leonard winning Finals MVP.
6. 2020-2021 Brooklyn Nets - 41 All-Star Selections
Player All-Star Appearances: Kevin Durant (11), James Harden (9), Kyrie Irving (7), LaMarcus Aldridge (7), Blake Griffin (6), DeAndre Jordan (1)
The Brooklyn Nets were absolutely stacked last season, having 41 total All-Star appearances throughout their roster by their players. Kevin Durant looked like the best player on the planet at times, while even James Harden was in the MVP race at some point. Alongside All-Star Kyrie Irving and veterans LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan; the team finished with the second-best record in the East in only their first season together.
5. 1977-1978 Boston Celtics - 42 All-Star Selections
Player All-Star Appearances: John Havlicek (13), Dave Bing (7), Dave Cowens (7), Jo Jo White (7), Sidney Wicks (4), Charlie Scott (3), Curtis Rowe (1)
The Boston Celtics will appear on this list more than once since they are one of the best franchises in sports history. In the 1978 season, they had an unbelievable amount of talent on the squad led by one of the all-time greats in John Havlicek. Even with 42 total All-Star appearances by 7 of their players, the Celtics could not make the playoffs as they held a losing record at 32-50. That goes to show age, chemistry, and attrition can affect a team’s success because Havlicek was not the same player at 37 years old.
4. 2011-2012 Boston Celtics - 43 All-Star Selections
Player All-Star Appearances: Kevin Garnett (14), Ray Allen (10), Paul Pierce (10), Jermaine O’Neal (6), Rajon Rondo (3)
The 2012 Boston Celtics were stacked with talent with their Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce leading the way. Their point guard Rajon Rondo was coming into his own as a bonafide star, and the team still had 6-time All-Star Jermaine O’Neal to the team. Despite finishing with an unspectacular 39-27 record, the team made the Eastern Conference Finals. Even with their stars aging, they were great enough to push the eventual champion Miami Heat to 7 games.
3. 2021-2022 Brooklyn Nets - 44 All-Star Selections
Player All-Star Appearances: Kevin Durant (11), James Harden (9), Kyrie Irving (7), LaMarcus Aldridge (7), Blake Griffin (6), Paul Millsap (4)
The upcoming season is one of the most highly anticipated in NBA history, mainly because of two teams: the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. The Nets have the third most talented team in NBA history in terms of total All-Star selections because their Big Three of Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving have even more talent around them. They lost All-Star DeAndre Jordan but replaced him with 4-time All-Star Paul Millsap and 7-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge. The Nets should be making the NBA Finals because anything else would be an utter disaster barring health issues.
2. 2010-2011 Boston Celtics - 56 All-Star Selections
Player All-Star Appearances: Shaquille O’Neal (15), Kevin Garnett (14), Ray Allen (10), Paul Pierce (9), Jermaine O’Neal (6), Rajon Rondo (2)
The 2011 Boston Celtics were a great team thanks to Garnett, Allen, Pierce, and Rondo; but they also added 15-time All-Star Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq was nowhere near the same dominant big man he was in his prime because the 38-year old played his last season with the Celtics. But Boston was still stacked with talent as they made it to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals only to lose to the Miami Heat once again.
1. 2021-2022 Los Angeles Lakers - 60 All-Star Selections
Player All-Star Appearances: LeBron James (17), Carmelo Anthony (10), Russell Westbrook (9), Anthony Davis (8), Dwight Howard (8), Rajon Rondo (4), Marc Gasol (3), DeAndre Jordan (1)
The 2022 Los Angeles Lakers will field the most dominant squad in NBA history. The legacy of LeBron James is clear, as the 17-time All-Star is one of the greatest to have ever played the game. He has 8-time All-Star Anthony Davis beside him and the recently acquired Russell Westbrook as well. This Big Three should challenge Brooklyn’s Big Three in terms of talent, and the rest of the roster is stacked with veterans including future Hall of Famers Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. Adding in the newly acquired DeAndre Jordan and Rajon Rondo to 3-time All-Star Marc Gasol, the Lakers have no excuse not to make the NBA Finals with 60 All-Star appearances among their players.
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