Kawhi Leonard was named the first winner of the renamed Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP award, as he finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and eight 3-pointers.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the top scorer and the player with the most Maurice Podoloff trophies in NBA history, but he retired without one accolade many inferior players have won: MVP at the All-Star.
One of the biggest honors of NBA All-Star Weekend is being renamed after Kobe Bryant. On Saturday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the All-Star Game MVP Award had been renamed in honor of the athlete, who died alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. Bryant, an 18-time All-Star, won four All-Star MVP Awards throughout his.
The All-Star game MVP will be Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis is old school, he really wants to win this game, and if not for a late fadeout from his squad in last year's game, he likely would have taken the award in Charlotte after pouring in 38 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. It will be a dunk fest in Chicago for Antetokounmpo, and I think this might be the first of multiple MVP awards.
Bob Pettit (1956, 1958, 1959 1962,) and Kobe Bryant (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011) have both won NBA All-Star Game MVP a record four times. Pettit and Bryant are two of 13 players to have won the award.
On February 15, 2020 the NBA permanently named the All-Star Game MVP Award the Kobe Bryant MVP Award.
No matter the result of the Midsummer Classic, putting on a show is an All-Star tradition. And while Jackson and Trout gave us MVP hellos, there have been some emotional MVP farewells, too. Cal Ripken Jr. was the All-Star Game MVP at Safeco Field in 2001, his final year in the Big Leagues.
CHICAGO — The NBA has renamed its All-Star Game MVP trophy after Kobe Bryant in the wake of Bryant’s tragic death last month. Commissioner Adam Silver announced Saturday that the award would now be known as the Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP Award. Silver unveiled the newly-minted trophy at his annual All-Star weekend news conference in Chicago.