NBA: How NBA Stars Fared in McDonald's All-American Game

Bob Bajek@bobbajekAnalyst IIIMarch 27, 2012

NBA: How NBA Stars Fared in McDonald's All-American Game

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    The McDonald's All-American Game produces many college basketball and NBA stars like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.

    Right now, the NBA has numerous stars that donned the prestigious McDonald's uniforms when they were 17 and 18 to show prospective colleges and NBA squads their killer games. 

    Here's a look back at how current NBA stars fared in the McDonald's All-American Game.

Paul Pierce: 1995 West Team

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    Paul Pierce was an explosive small forward who hailed from Inglewood, Calif.

    The 6'7" Pierce had the ability to be strong offensively on and off the ball. 

    Pierce was able to pour in a then-record 28 points (11-of-14 shooting) while going 3-of-6 from the line. 

    The Truth would go on to star at Kansas for three years and was the 10th pick of the 1998 NBA Draft. He has played with the Boston Celtics ever since. 

    Pierce was honored as one of the 35 Greatest McDonald's All-Americans. 

Kobe Bryant: 1996 East Team

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    Kobe Bryant was always an NBA assassin, but he also was one in high school. 

    The Black Mamba— who hailed from Lower Merion, Pa.—had a solid McDonald's All-American by scoring 13 points (5-of-11 shooting) and dishing out three assists. 

    Bryant received several awards for his performance in his senior year, including being named Naismith High School Player of the Year, Gatorade Men's National Basketball Player of the Year, a McDonald's All-American, and a USA Today All-USA First Team player. 

    Bryant became the 13th pick of the 1996 NBA Draft and has a historic career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships and an MVP Award. 

Amar'e Stoudemire: 2002 East Team

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    Called "Baby Shaq" in his high school days, Amar'e Stoudemire has lived up to that name and then some since. 

    The 6'10", 260-pound Stoudemire had 10 points off 4-of-10 shooting and 2-of-4 from the free throw line. 

    An Orlando native, Stoudemire was USA Today All-USA Basketball First Team, Florida’s Mr. Basketball and Orlando Sentinel Florida High School Player of the Year. He also was named one of the 35 Greatest McDonald’s All Americans. 

    Stoudemire would forgo college and was the ninth pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. STAT has been a perennial All-Star who makes a difference on both ends of the court for the New York Knicks. 

Carmelo Anthony: 2002 East Team

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    Carmelo Anthony is one of the purest NBA scorers out there, and he proved that at the McDonald's All-American Game. 

    Madison Square Garden spectators saw Anthony rip off 19 points (8-of-16 shooting) while nailing 2-of-3 free throws. Anthony also won the Powerade Jam Fest. 

    The third pick of the 2003 NBA Draft has since been a lethal scorer who is one of the game's toughest one-on-one players. 

    The Oak Hill Academy (Va.) product was ranked one of the 35 of the Greatest McDonald’s All- Americans. 

LeBron James: 2003 East Team

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    It's no secret that LeBron James was the reason why the McDonald's All-American Game was held in Cleveland that year. 

    It's also no secret that James was hands-down the most dominant player on the court. 

    James had an incredible 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists en route to the game's MVP award. He also took home the Powerade Jam Fest title and was named one of the 35 greatest McDonald's All-Americans. 

    The 6'8", 260-pound King was quickly snagged with the first pick of the 2003 NBA Draft and will go down as one of the greatest NBA ballers of all-time. 

Chris Paul: 2003 East Team

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    A player who was under the radar in the 2003 McDonald's All-American Game was Chris Paul

    The small point guard from West Forsyth High School (N.C.) quietly had an impressive showing despite LeBron James hogging the spotlight. 

    Paul had 3 points (1-of-3 shooting) but had 10 assists, displaying his superior passing abilities and court vision. He is considered one of the 35 greatest McDonald's All-Americans. 

    CP3 went off to Wake Forest for two years and became the fourth pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He has since won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and is considered by many to be the league's top point guard. 

Rajon Rondo: 2004 East Team

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    Rajon Rondo had an impressive showing at the 2004 McDonald's All-American Game that consisted of 22 future NBA players.

    The 6'1" point guard from Oak Hill Academy (Va.) had 14 points (7-of-11 shooting) with four assists and four rebounds. 

    Rondo would play two seasons at Kentucky before becoming the 21st pick of the 2006 NBA Draft. 

    Since then, Rondo has led the Boston Celtics to an NBA championship while being known for his superior passing and lockdown defense. 

Dwight Howard: 2004 East Team

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    Dwight Howard was a man amongst boys during the 2004 McDonald's All-American Game. 

    Going into the game as the consensus No. 1 pick of the upcoming NBA Draft, Howard didn't disappoint. 

    The Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy senior had 19 points (9-of-15 shooting) while cranking out this three

    The 6'11", 260-pound Howard was named co-MVP of the McDonald's High School All-American Game along with J.R. Smith.

    Howard was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, the Morgan Wootten High School Player of the Year Award, Gatorade National Player of the Year and the McDonald's National High School Player of the Year honor.

    Howard has since collected three Defensive Player of the Year Awards and is the best center in the NBA. He was also honored as one of the 35 greatest McDonald's All-Americans.

Monta Ellis: 2005 West Team

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    Monta Ellis was just a young kid from Jackson, Miss., back in 2005. However, a killer senior year and a good showing at the McDonald's All-American Game helped propel the speedy guard into the NBA.

    Standing at 6'4" and weighing 195 pounds, Ellis had eight points (3-of-10 shooting), three rebounds, two assists and two steals. 

    Originally a Mississippi State commit, Ellis skipped college and was a second-round pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. Ellis was a star at the Golden State Warriors and is now with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Andrew Bynum: 2005 East Team

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    Andrew Bynum is fighting with Dwight Howard to be the NBA's best center.

    Back in 2005, the St. Joseph (N.J.) athlete used his 7', 300-pound frame to bang inside and gobble up rebounds.

    In the McDonald's All-American Game, Bynum collected nine points (3-of-5 shooting), five rebounds and a blocked shot. 

    Bynum would forgo playing at Connecticut and was the 10th pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. Bynum has been a defensive force for the Los Angeles Lakers ever since.

Kevin Durant: 2006 West Team

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    Boy, didn't Kevin Durant make a huge statement at the 2006 McDonald's All-American Game.

    Just 17 years old, Durant played like a man among boys. Durant had 25 points (10-of-17 shooting), five rebounds, four assists and two steals. 

    Keep in mind, the best American and Canadian ballers compete in this game.

    For his efforts, Durant won the game's MVP award and is one of the 35 greatest McDonald's All-Americans. Durant balled a year at Texas, won the Big 12 Player of the Year, and was the second pick of the NBA Draft.

    He has since been the NBA's scoring champion the past two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Derrick Rose: 2007 West Team

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    Derrick Rose is a ridiculous player for the Chicago Bulls, but the future NBA MVP was an even more ridiculous high school baller.

    However, the Simeon High School (Chicago) athlete did not have a strong showing in the McDonald's All-American Game. Rose had five points (2-of-5 shooting), six rebounds, five assists and three turnovers.

    Rose was named one of the 35 greatest McDonald's All-Americans. 

    He did become a one-and-done player at Memphis, was the first pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, and now widely is considered the league's best point guard.

Kevin Love: 2007 West Team

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    Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves had a better McDonald's All-American Game showing than fellow West teammate Derrick Rose had.

    The Lake Oswego High School (Ore.) product, who was listed at 6'10" and 255 pounds, used his physicality to stand out.

    Love had 13 points (6-of-10 shooting), six boards, three assists and a steal. 

    K-Love went on to UCLA, where he won the Pac-10 Player of the Year and was the fifth pick of the 2008 NBA Draft. He also won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award and is a contender for this year's NBA MVP Award. 

Blake Griffin: 2007 West Team

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    Before Blake Griffin won the NBA's Slam Dunk Competition in 2011, he tore through the 2007 McDonald's All-American Powerade Jamfest.

    Griffin scored a perfect 50 on his first slam and then a 41 on his second to take home the hardware.

    Besides the competition, Griffin played well in the actual game. He had eight points (2-of-3 shooting), five rebounds and one assist. 

    Griffin played college ball for two years at Oklahoma and was the first pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. He also won the 2008-2009 Naismith College Player of the Year and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. 

Kyrie Irving: 2010 East Team

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    Kyrie Irving is the most recent NBA superstar who performed at the McDonald's All-American Game.

    The St. Patrick High School (West Orange, N.J.) senior was a Duke commit who tore up the court.

    Listed at 6'1" and 175 pounds, Irving had 13 points (5-of-8 shooting), three steals, two assists and two rebounds. 

    Irving showed flashes of his quickness and sniper-like shooting ability that made him a star at Duke and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is also a favorite to win this year's Rookie of the Year Award. 

    Bob Bajek is a Chicago Bulls/NBA Featured Columnist. He is also covering the McDonald's All-American Game on site in Chicago. He is a freelance reporter and can be followed on Patch.com and Twitter.

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