Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is set to make his 16th consecutive All-Star appearance in 2020.
James has been selected as a starter in each of the 16 All-Star games he has been selected for and he’s been the overall leading vote-getter six times in his career (2007, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).
With the new All-Star Game format that was adopted in 2018, James’ popularity has resulted in his serving as the captain of “Team LeBron” for the past three years, earning the first pick in the All-Star Draft.
LeBron has posted averages of 24.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists through 15 All-Star appearances, and his performances have earned him All-Star Game MVP honours three times (2006, 2008, 2019) – only Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit have won the award more times.
Ahead of his 16th appearance, let’s take a look back at LeBron’s All-star debut in 2005.
😯💫 Young LeBron James’s FIRST All-Star Game in 2005!
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After missing out in his rookie year, a 20-year-old James made his All-Star debut in his sophomore campaign. He made his debut with fellow sophomore and future teammate Dwayne Wade. James was voted in an as a starter with 1,661,204 votes. Wade was selected as a reserve in the east by the coaches.
LeBron had 13 points,8rebounds and 6 assists in a winning effort for the eastern conference. James electrified the Pepsi Center crowd with his passes and dunks, including his signature tomahawk in the second half.