Ahead of tonight's East-meets-West showdown, which takes place at the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas, Aaron Gray looks at some of the statistics surrounding the big-name game:
Number of countries and territories tonight’s NBA All-Star game will be broadcast in while 47 different languages from around the globe will also be used to cover the event. More than 300 international reporters have been granted credentials to cover the game, with Lebron James, above, the main attraction.
International players are taking part this year’s game: Kyrie Irving (Australia), Tony Parker (France, below), Luol Deng (Britain), Tim Duncan (US Virgin Islands), Tristan Thompson, Andrew Nicholson (both Canada), Nikola Vucevic (Montenegro), Alexey Shved (Russia) and Ricky Rubio (Spain).
Just over 10,000 people were in attendance for the first ever All-Star game, which was held at the Boston Garden in 1951. That attendance figure was considerably higher than the 1950/51 regular-season NBA average attendance of 3,500. In 2011, 17,163 turned up in Los Angeles for the game, above.
First-time All-Stars in the Eastern Conference squad, which includes New York Knicks’ Tyson Chandler, below, Indiana Pacers’ Paul George, Philadelphia 76ers’ Jrue Holiday, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving and Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah. Overall, there are seven first-time All-Stars involved, the most since 2005.
Consecutive All-Star appearances by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, above, which broke the record shared by Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant was also this year’s leading vote-getter in the NBA All-Star Balloting programme.