Common Wins MVP for 2020 NBA Celebrity Game as Team Wilbon Beats Team Stephen A

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2020

Team Wilbon's Common, right, is defended by Team Stephen A's Chance The Rapper during the first half of the NBA Celebrity All-Star basketball game Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
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Once a ball boy for Michael Jordan's Bulls, Chicago's own Common took home Most Valuable Player honors in the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night as Team Wilbon defeated Team Stephen A. 62-47 at Wintrust Arena.

ESPN @espn

.@common is your 2020 All-Star Celebrity Game MVP 🙌 https://t.co/Iuldk6zC0m

Common earned MVP after the de facto point guard went off for 10 points, five assists and five rebounds.

"I just wanted to represent Chicago for cats like Quentin Richardson, Derrick Rose and all the ballers that come from here, for Isiah Thomas. I wore Ben Wilson's number because I wanted to represent our city," he said.

Common grew up playing basketball on Chicago's South Side. Now, he adds to the legacy of the city's proving grounds as the Celebrity Game MVP.


Too easy in the post for @spiceadams 😂 https://t.co/cNYAz93WMo

Chicago Bulls @chicagobulls

Horace Grant still has it 🔥 https://t.co/EXHaoG940v

The rapper was featured heavily in ESPN 30 for 30 Benji, which tells the story of his friend and Chicago high school star Ben Wilson and the circumstances that led to Wilson's untimely death outside Simeon High School in 1984. Wilson's No. 25 has been a badge of honor bestowed upon elite players in Chicago ever since.

Rose wore the number as a Simeon star during his high school days and has worn it in the NBA ever since moving on from the Bulls in 2016.

The Celebrity Game featured a host of Chicago natives, including Chance the Rapper, Taylor Bennett, Hannibal Buress and—of course—coach Michael Wilbon, who calls the area home.

That made for a dangerous combination against Smith A. Smith's team, and the ESPN analyst did everything he could to try to gain an advantage:

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Stephen A. and Katelyn Ohashi tried to be slick with this sub 🤣 https://t.co/qOzVkZ9H17

Stephen A Smith @stephenasmith

Post-game analysis https://t.co/1MdCNYhCr8

Among Common's stiffest competition for MVP were Quavo and Famous Los, who won the award in 2018 and 2019.

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.@QuavoStuntin with the mean block on @common 🖐 https://t.co/46LTetD8ir

Bad Bunny tried to steal the award from Common after the winner was announced but relented as his teammate came forward.