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Top 5 best NBA All-Star Teams of all-time

  • Jason Whitney

Choosing the top 5 NBA All-Star teams of all-time out of 124 total teams is certainly not easy. However, with the 2013 NBA All-Star game in Houston less than a month away, it’s only fitting to list some of the best basketball teams ever assembled.

5. Eastern Conference Team – 1964

The team that represented the East back in 1964 had eight Hall of Fame players on it. Those players included Boston Celtics forward Sam Jones, Cincinnati Royals forward Wayne Embry, New York Knicks forward Tom Gola, Philadelphia 76ers guard Hal Greer, Cincinnati Royals guard Oscar Robertson, Boston Celtics center Tom Heinsohn, Boston Celtics center Bill Russell and Cincinnati Royals forward/center Jerry Lucas. There were only two players on the All-Star squad that are not currently in the Hall of Fame who are New York Knicks forward/center Len Chappell and Philadelphia 76ers forward Chet Walker.

4. Western Conference Team – 1965

In 1965, Wilt Chamberlain played for the San Francisco Warriors and was on the Western Conference squad back in 1965. What’s ironic is that the game took place only two days prior to Chamberlain being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, which switched him to the Eastern Conference. Including Wilt Chamberlain, there were eight total players that are now in the Hall of Fame. The seven others were Baltimore Bullets forward Gus Johnson, Baltimore Bullets forward/center Walt Bellamy, St. Louis Hawks guard Lenny Wilkins, St. Louis Hawks forward/center Bob Pettit, Los Angeles Lakers forward Elgin Baylor, Los Angeles Lakers guard Jerry West and San Francisco Warriors forward/center Nate Thurmond. There were only two players on the All-Star squad that are not currently in the Hall of Fame, who are Detroit Pistons forward Terry Dischinger and Baltimore Bullets guard Don Ohl.

3. Eastern Conference Team – 1968

The team that represented the East back in 1968 had eleven Hall of Famers on it. Those players included Philadelphia 76ers guard Hal Greer, Baltimore Bullets forward Gus Johnson, Boston Celtics forward Sam Jones, Boston Celtics guard/forward John Havlicek, Boston Celtics center Bill Russell, Detroit Pistons forward Dave DeBusschere, Cincinnati Royals guard Oscar Robertson, Detroit Pistons guard Dave Bing, Philadelphia 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain and New York Knicks center Willis Reed. The only player that was on this team but is not in the Hall of Fame today was New York Knicks forward Dick Barnett.

2. Eastern Conference Team – 1969


Eleven Hall of Fame players also made up the Eastern Conference team back in 1969. Those players included Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Billy Cunningham, Baltimore Bullets guard Earl Monroe, Philadelphia 76ers guard Hal Greer, Baltimore Bullets forward Gus Johnson, Boston Celtics guard/forward John Havlicek, Boston Celtics center Bill Russell, Cincinnati Royals guard Oscar Robertson, Detroit Pistons guard Dave Bing, New York Knicks center Willis Reed and Cincinnati Royals forward/center Jerry Lucas. The only player that was on this team but is not in the Hall of Fame today was Milwaukee Bucks guard John McGlocklin.

And the top NBA All-Star team of all-time is…

1.       Eastern Conference Team – 1990

There is only one player that was on the East’s squad back in 1990 that isn’t currently in the Hall of Fame, and that player is Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller. Miller, for whatever reason, did not make it as a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2011 (first year of eligibility). However he most likely will be on the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot, with an excellent chance of being inducted.

Reggie Miller made 2,560 three-pointers throughout his NBA career, which is good for the 2nd most in NBA history (behind only Ray Allen). Miller played his entire 18 year career with the Pacers and was one of the most clutch players to ever play the game. Once Reggie Miller is inducted to the Hall of Fame, the entire 1990 Eastern Conference All-Star team will be Hall of Famers, which is the only roster like that in NBA history.

The other 11 Hall of Famers that were on the team included: Atlanta Hawks guard/forward Dominique Wilkins, Detroit Pistons guard Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons forward Dennis Rodman, Detroit Pistons guard Isaiah Thomas, Chicago Bulls forward Scottie Pippen, Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan, New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing, Boston Celtics center Robert Parish, Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird and Philadelphia 76ers forward Charles Barkley.

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