NBA All-Star 2020: Rookies that have made the All-Star Team

By Evan Chronis

June 18, 2019

In the modern NBA, making a league-wide impact in your first season is becoming more of a rare occurrence. 

While rookie starlets have made waves in the sport over the past few years (Tre Young and Luka Doncic the two most recent examples), only two first-year players have been named All-Stars since the turn of the millennium. Even LeBron James' meteoric rookie season in 2003 (20.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.9 APG) didn't earn him a ticket to the biggest weekend of the season.

But the 2019 NBA Draft class could signal the turning of the tide. While admittedly a top-heavy class, there are at least five players projected to go in the Top 10 picks that could provide an immediate spark for their teams. 

Duke's R.J. Barrett plays a physical style perfect for the contact-heavy league, Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver may be one of the most impressive two-way prospects of the past five years, Murray State's Ja Morant has looked NBA-ready since October and Vanderbilt's Darius Garland is being called the next Damian Lillard. 

Oh, right — then there's Duke's Zion Williamson, the most NBA-ready prospect since a kid from Akron was labeled "The Chosen One".

The 2019 NBA Draft class is brimming over with talent, but can any of these names make a big enough impact in their rookie season to earn All-Star honors? Only 45 players in history have accomplished the feat and the odds are more and more stacked against them.

Williamson is the obvious prediction, and he'll definitely be at NBA All-Star 2020 in some capacity (either Rising Stars or the Slam Dunk Contest), but he's still an unknown quantity on an NBA stage. One of his best chances will be with the fairly recent implementation of fan voting to help determine All-Stars. 

Rookies Who Were Named NBA All-Stars

2011 Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers
2003 Yao Ming Houston Rockets
1998 Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs

Grant Hill

Detroit Piston
1993 Shaquille O'Neal Orlando Magic
1992 Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets
1990 David Robinson San Antonio Spurs
1986 Patrick Ewing New York Knicks

Michael Jordan

Chicago Bulls
1985 Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets
1984 Ralph Sampson Houston Rockets

Isaiah Thomas

Detroit Pistons

Kelly Tripucka

Detroit Pistons
1982 Buck Williams New Jersey Nets

Larry Bird

Boston Celtics
1980 Bill Cartwright New York Knicks
1980 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

Walter Davis

Phoenix Suns

Alvan Adams

Phoenix Suns
1972 Sidney Wicks Portland Trail Blazers
1971 John Johnson Cleveland Cavaliers
1971  Geoff Petrie Portland Trail Blazers
1970 Lew Alcindor Milwaukee Bucks
1969 Elvin Hayes Houston Rockets
1969 Wes Unseld Washington Bullets
1966 Rick Barry Golden State Warriors
1965 Willis Reed New York Knicks
1965 Luke Jackson Philadelphia 76ers
1964 Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals
1963 Terry Dischinger Chicago Zephyrs
1962 Walt Bellamy Chicago Packers
1961 Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals
1961  Jerry West Minneapolis Lakers
1960 Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors
1959 Elgin Baylor Minneapolis Lakers
1957 Tommy Heinsohn Boston Celtics

Maurice Stokes 

Cincinnati Royals
1955 Bob Pettit Milwaukee Hawks
1955 Frank Selvy Milwaukee Hawks
1954 Ray Felix Washington Bullets
1954 Jack Molinas Fort Wayne Pistons
1954 Don Sunderlage Milwaukee Hawks
1951 Paul Arizin Philadelphia Warriors
1951  Bob Cousy Boston Celtics
1951 Larry Foust Fort Wayne Pistons


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