History, Heritage & Tradition
McDonald's All American® Games Timeline
1977 — Magic Johnson and Albert King Are Named to the First McDonald's All American Team
That year, both Future NBA stars along with Gene Banks headline the first McDonald’s All American Team and participate in the Capital Classic in D.C.
1978 — The Inaugural McDonald's All American Game Tips Off at The Spectrum in Philly
Rudy Woods, the John R. Wooden Award winner, grabs 16 rebounds to put the West Team over the top in the inaugural McDonald's All American Game with a final score of 94-86.
1978 — Isiah Thomas Leads the East Team to an Overtime Victory in Charlotte
The star-studded 1979 McDonald's All American Game features four future Hall of Famers, including Thomas and Dominique Wilkins.
1981 — Michael Jordan Scores 30 Points to Push the East Team to a One-Point Win in Wichita
The MVP award goes to both the East’s Adrian Branch (24 points) and the West’s Aubrey Sherrod (19 points) despite Jordan's 30-point game.
1986 — The John R. Wooden MVP Goes to J.R. Reid Who Rallies the East Team Back from a 12-Point Deficit in Detroit
More than 15,500 fans pack the Joe Louis Arena to catch this 104-101 game.
1987 — On the 10th Anniversary, the Game Celebrates the Date by Heading Back to The Spectrum in Philly
Game MVP, Mark Macon, scores 14 points for a 118-110 East Team victory.
1988 — Co-MVPs, Alonzo Mourning and Billy Owens, Lead the East Team to Its Fourth Straight Victory
Mourning scored 16 points and Owens added 14 rebounds as the East Team went on to win its fourth straight with a 105-99 victory at The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico.
1989 — Shaquille O'Neal Puts Up 18 Points and 16 Rebounds to Lead the West Team to Win in Kansas City, MO
Shaq’s night also includes six blocks to help end the East Team’s four-game winning streak, but he shares the MVP that year with the East Team’s Bobby Hurley, who dishes out 10-assists in the game.
1991 — The McDonald's All American Game Heads to a Sold-Out Crowd in Springfield, MA as Part of Basketball's Centennial Celebration
Travis Best hits a game-tying three-pointer for the East Team with 22 seconds left on the clock in this thrilling 108-106 victory for the ages.
1993 — Jacque Vaughn Unleashes a Record-Breaking 13 Assists in Memphis
Vaughn goes on to earn Co-MVP honors in a losing effort to the East Team by a score of 105-95.
1995 — John R. Wooden MVP, Kevin Garnett, Steals the Show with 18 points and 11 rebounds
More than a decade before becoming NBA teammates, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce dominate in front of a sold-out crowd, leading the West Team to a 125-115 victory in St. Louis.
1997 — The Game Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary at the United Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs
The East Team handily takes the W with a 94-81 behind Elton Brand’s 16 points and nine rebounds.
1999 — Jonathan Bender Puts Up 31 points Breaking Michael Jordan's 18-Year Record
Bender scores 18 first-half points and finishes with a McDonald’s All American Game-record 31 securing the MVP that year. The West Team goes on to win the Ames, IA game 141-128.
2002 — The Historic Madison Square Garden Plays Host to the 25th Boys Game and Inaugural Girls Game.
The Girls Game is one for the record books as the West Team defeats the East Team 94-85 behind co-MVP, Ann Strother, and her 21 points.
The Boys Games is a high-scoring affair as the East Team overpowers the West Team by a final score of 138-107. MVP, JJ Redick, drains 26 points, hitting five of six attempts from three-point land.
2003 – LeBron James Leads the East Team to a Massive Victory in Cleveland
James and the East Team take control of the game early and never let up. Charlie Villanueva knocks down 17 points while Chris Paul puts up a game-high 10 assists. For the West Team, Shannon Brown scores 23 points and Leon Powe grabs a game-high 12-rebounds.
The second annual Girls Game ends with the West dominating the East for the second straight year with a final score of 92-72. Game MVP, Katie Geralds, leads all scorers with 17 points for the West. The East Team fights back with Ivory Latta and Cori Chambers both knocking down 12 points each but ultimately it isn’t not enough.
In front of nearly 12,000 fans, the 2007 McDonald's All American Games feature a stacked lineup of talent, including Derrick Rose, Eric Gordon, Kevin Love, Maya Moore, James Harden, Kyle Singler, Blake Griffin, Nolan Smith and O.J. Mayo!
Maya Moore ties the record for most field goals made with eight; however, the star of the game is Jasmine Thomas who ends her night with a solid performance, recording 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals. The East Team leads the game throughout, winning by a final score of 105-76.
In the Boys Game, Kansas State-bound forward and John R. Wooden MVP, Michael Beasley, rakes in 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the West Team to a narrow 114-112 victory.
2007 — Freedom Hall Sets the Stage for Star-Studded Games in Louisville
2011 — The Games Returns to a Sold-Out Crowd at the United Center in Chicago
Back in Chicago for the first time since 1982 among a record-setting crowd of 20,018, MVP, James McAdoo, leads the Boys East Team to a W with 17 points putting the final at 111-96. In the Girls Game, the East’s Elizabeth Williams puts up a then-record 22 points in a 78-66 victory, easily earning MVP honors.
2012 — The McDonald's All American Games Names the 35 Greatest Players of All Time
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Boys Game, the McDonald’s All American Games unveil the all-time greatest player list including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and LeBron James.
The 2012 Games in Chicago also feature two of the closest contests in the event’s history, with the Girls Game decided by a free throw with less than a second left, and the Boys West Team holding off a furious second-half rally to pull out a four-point win.
2018 — The McDonald’s All American Games Heads Back to Atlanta in the Highest-Scoring Contest Since 2000
After playing in Chicago since 2011, the McDonald’s All American Games moves to Atlanta, which previously hosted the Game in ‘83 and ‘92. In the highest-scoring Boys Game since 2000, Nassir Little leads all scorers with 28 points to bring the West Team to a 131-128 victory. On the girl's side, Christyn Williams (MVP) records 22 points to help the West Team to an 82-79 win.