In February 2020, to commemorate the death of Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant that had come a month prior, the NBA renamed the award given to the most valuable player at its All-Star Game after Bryant.
Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and won the MVP award four times, tying him for most all-time with former St. Louis Hawks great Bob Pettit. Last year, the NBA tapped artist Victor Solomon to redesign the trophy so that it would better symbolize Bryant’s greatness.
“Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in February 2020. “He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.”
In January, current Lakers star LeBron James tied an NBA record with his 19th All-Star nomination. If James is able to win the game’s NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award, he will tie Bryant and Pettit with four trophies.
Here’s everything you need to know about the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award:
Who are some of the notable retired players who have won the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award?
Los Angeles Lakers (2011, 2009, 2007, 2002)
Miami Heat (2010)
Phoenix Suns (2009), Los Angeles Lakers (2004, 2000)
Philadelphia 76ers (2005, 2001)
Chicago Bulls (1998, 1996, 1988)
Chicago Bulls (1994)
Utah Jazz (1993, 1989)
Los Angeles Lakers (1992, 1990)
Philadelphia 76ers (1991)
Philadelphia 76ers (1983, 1977)
Boston Celtics (1982)
Detroit Pistons (1986, 1984)
San Antonio Spurs (1980)
Los Angeles Lakers (1972)
Cincinnati Royals (1969, 1964, 1961)
Boston Celtics (1963)
St. Louis Hawks (1962, 1959, 1958, 1956)
Philadelphia Warriors (1960)
Minneapolis Lakers (1959)
Boston Celtics (1957, 1954)
Minneapolis Lakers (1953)
Which active NBA players have won the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award?
Golden State Warriors (2022)
Milwaukee Bucks (2021)
Los Angeles Clippers (2020)
Golden State Warriors (2019), Oklahoma City Thunder (2012)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2018, 2008, 2006)
New Orleans Pelicans (2017)
Oklahoma City Thunder (2016, 2015)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2014)
Los Angeles Clippers (2013)
Source: USA Today