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The Most Iconic NBA Jerseys in All-Star Game History

The NBA All-Star Game is one of basketball’s biggest showcases. Fans are treated to jaw-dropping dunks, flashy passes and unforgettable moments. Who could forget the KG in Kobe alley-oop? Or Giannis diving on Steph? The All-Star Game creates instant and everlasting memories. And sometimes NBA ASGs are such classics that even the jerseys are part of the appeal.

Sometimes official All-Star Game talks are fantastic tributes to the host city. Other times, they perfectly capture the style and sensibilities of the time. Looking back, some of the most beloved All-Star Games simply wouldn’t be the same without their equally spectacular jerseys.

So what are the most iconic NBA All-Star jerseys of all time?

1995 – Phoenix

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This list begins and ends with these jerseys. There’s something so spectacularly 90s about them, and the cactus is a cute yet kitsch touch.

Of course, the absence of Michael Jordan was a little disappointing. But Charles Barkley, rookie Grant Hill and eventual MVP of the game Mitch Richmond put on a show.

The game was an instant classic, as were the jerseys.

2012 – Orlando

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Down in Disney NBA fans were treated to a real show. Kevin Durant and LeBron James led all scorers with 36 points apiece in a true thriller.

Jerseys might disappoint. But keep in mind that they predate the much-discussed (read: horrible) sleeved jerseys. It was a dark time for NBA fashion and sensibilities. The 2012 All-Star jerseys are interesting but composed. Things could have been much worse.

2018 – Los Angeles

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For most of the 21st century, the NBA has opted for a red-blue game for its All-Star jerseys. The early 2000s were a patriotic time, and that trend continued into the 2010s as well. Barring a few flashes of flair in places like New Orleans, ASG eschewed a lot of pizzazz when it came to talks. .

Recently, however, we’ve seen a rather stylish and striking alternative emerge. It was the first time the league had done away with strict East-West rosters, and these statement jerseys were a fantastic way to usher in a new era. Contrasted by the bright lights of the Staples Center at the time, these really popped.

2003 – Atlanta

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Speaking of red, white and blue, the 2003 All-Star Game in Atlanta offered some of the most stylish jerseys we’ve seen at an ASG. The design is clean, clear and surprisingly memorable.

It’s also exciting to see the contrast of styles. An older GM wears his shorts decidedly north of the knee and his jersey a bit closer to the vest. We can see Kobe opting for a more puffy look, emblematic of the moment.

1996 – San Antonio

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For some reason, the formula of the NBA All-Star Game + desert host city + mid-90s = really great jerseys.

Like their 1995 counterparts, the ’96 Threads are simply fantastic. Fun and almost cheesy, but full of spice and character. The world used to be a cornier place, and the jerseys will make sure we never forget that.

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