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McDonald's All American® Games Timeline

McDonald's All American® Games Timeline

1970s

Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson, Albert King Named to the First McDonald's All American Team. 1977 – Washington, D.C.

Future NBA stars Johnson, King and Gene Banks headlined the first McDonald’s All American Team and participated in the Capital Classic in Washington, D.C. in 1977.

 

 

Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson, Albert King Named to the First McDonald's All American Team. 1977 – Washington, D.C.

Future NBA stars Johnson, King and Gene Banks headlined the first McDonald’s All American Team and participated in the Capital Classic in Washington, D.C. in 1977.

 

 

The Inaugural McDonald's All American Game Played at The Spectrum. 1978 – Philadelphia, PA

Led by the John R. Wooden Award winner Rudy Woods’ 16 rebounds, the West Team would go on to win the inaugural McDonald's All American Game in 1978 by a final score of 94-86.

 

The Spectrum. Isaiah Thomas
The Spectrum. Isaiah Thomas

 

 

The Inaugural McDonald's All American Game Played at The Spectrum. 1978 – Philadelphia, PA

Led by the John R. Wooden Award winner Rudy Woods’ 16 rebounds, the West Team would go on to win the inaugural McDonald's All American Game in 1978 by a final score of 94-86.

 

The Spectrum. Isaiah Thomas
The Spectrum. Isaiah Thomas

 

 

Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins

Isiah Thomas Led East Team to Overtime Victory. 1979 – Charlotte, NC

The star-studded 1979 McDonald's All American Game featured four future Hall of Famers, including Thomas (19 points) and Dominique Wilkins.

 

Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins

Isiah Thomas Led East Team to Overtime Victory. 1979 – Charlotte, NC

The star-studded 1979 McDonald's All American Game featured four future Hall of Famers, including Thomas (19 points) and Dominique Wilkins.

 

1980s

Michael Jordan Scored 30 Points, Helped East Team to One-Point Win. 1981 – Wichita, KS

Jordan's 30-point effort wasn’t enough to capture the MVP award, which was shared by the East Team’s Adrian Branch (24 points) and the West Team’s Aubrey Sherrod (19 points).

 

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

 

 

Michael Jordan Scored 30 Points, Helped East Team to One-Point Win. 1981 – Wichita, KS

Jordan's 30-point effort wasn’t enough to capture the MVP award, which was shared by the East Team’s Adrian Branch (24 points) and the West Team’s Aubrey Sherrod (19 points).

 

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

 

 

J.R. Reid Named John R. Wooden MVP, Rallied East Team from 12-Point Deficit. 1986 – Detroit, MI

More than 15,500 fans descended on Joe Louis Arena as Reid rallied the East team from a 12-point deficit to win the game 104-101.

The McDonald's All American Game Marked its 10th Anniversary by Returning to The Spectrum. 1987 – Philadelphia, PA

The McDonald's All American Game celebrated its 10th anniversary by returning to The Spectrum, site of the inaugural Game. Game MVP Mark Macon scored 14 points in a 118-110 victory for the East Team.

J.R. Reid Named John R. Wooden MVP, Rallied East Team from 12-Point Deficit. 1986 – Detroit, MI

More than 15,500 fans descended on Joe Louis Arena as Reid rallied the East team from a 12-point deficit to win the game 104-101.

The McDonald's All American Game Marked its 10th Anniversary by Returning to The Spectrum. 1987 – Philadelphia, PA

The McDonald's All American Game celebrated its 10th anniversary by returning to The Spectrum, site of the inaugural Game. Game MVP Mark Macon scored 14 points in a 118-110 victory for the East Team.

Alonzo Mourning and Billy Owens
Alonzo Mourning and Billy Owens

Alonzo Mourning and Billy Owens (Co-MVPs) Led the East Team to its Fourth Straight Victory. 1988 – Albuquerque, NM

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.

 

Alonzo Mourning and Billy Owens
Alonzo Mourning and Billy Owens

Alonzo Mourning and Billy Owens (Co-MVPs) Led the East Team to its Fourth Straight Victory. 1988 – Albuquerque, NM

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.

 

Shaquille O'Neal’s 18 points, 16 Rebounds Led West Team to Win. 1989 – Kansas City, MO

Shaq’s 18 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks led the West Team to a 112-103 victory, snapping the East Team’s four-game winning streak. O'Neal would go on to share the MVP Award with the East Team’s Bobby Hurley, who dished out 10-assists in the game.

 

Shaquille O'Neal and Bobby Hurley
Shaquille O'Neal and Bobby Hurley

 

 

Shaquille O'Neal’s 18 points, 16 Rebounds Led West Team to Win. 1989 – Kansas City, MO

Shaq’s 18 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks led the West Team to a 112-103 victory, snapping the East Team’s four-game winning streak. O'Neal would go on to share the MVP Award with the East Team’s Bobby Hurley, who dished out 10-assists in the game.

 

Shaquille O'Neal and Bobby Hurley
Shaquille O'Neal and Bobby Hurley

 

 

1990s

Glenn Robinson and Chris Webber
Glenn Robinson and Chris Webber

The McDonald's All American Game Headed to Springfield, as Part of Basketball's Centennial Celebration. 1991 – Springfield, MA

Travis Best hit a game-tying three-pointer for the East Team with 22 seconds left to close the door on a thrilling 108-106 victory. The 14th iteration of the Games was played in the sold-out Civic Arena in Springfield, Mass.

 

 

Glenn Robinson and Chris Webber
Glenn Robinson and Chris Webber

The McDonald's All American Game Headed to Springfield, as Part of Basketball's Centennial Celebration. 1991 – Springfield, MA

Travis Best hit a game-tying three-pointer for the East Team with 22 seconds left to close the door on a thrilling 108-106 victory. The 14th iteration of the Games was played in the sold-out Civic Arena in Springfield, Mass.

 

 

Jacque Vaughn Recorded a Record-Breaking 13 Assists, Winning Co-MVP Honors. 1993 – Memphis, TN

Vaughn set a McDonald's All American Game record with 13 assists and went on to earn Co-MVP honors in a losing effort to the East Team by a score of 105-95.

Jacque Vaughn Recorded a Record-Breaking 13 Assists, Winning Co-MVP Honors. 1993 – Memphis, TN

Vaughn set a McDonald's All American Game record with 13 assists and went on to earn Co-MVP honors in a losing effort to the East Team by a score of 105-95.

John R. Wooden MVP Kevin Garnett Stole the Show with 18 points and 11 rebounds. 1995 – St. Louis, MO

More than a decade before becoming NBA teammates, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce dominated in front of a sold-out crowd, leading the West Team to a 125-115 victory.

 

KevinGarnett
KevinGarnett

 

 

John R. Wooden MVP Kevin Garnett Stole the Show with 18 points and 11 rebounds. 1995 – St. Louis, MO

More than a decade before becoming NBA teammates, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce dominated in front of a sold-out crowd, leading the West Team to a 125-115 victory.

 

KevinGarnett
KevinGarnett

 

 

1997
1997

The McDonald's All American Games Celebrated 20 Years at the United Air Force Academy. 1997 – Colorado Springs, CO

In celebration of the 20th annual McDonald’s All American Games, the East Team went on to win 94-81 behind Elton Brand’s 16 points and nine-rebounds.

1997
1997

The McDonald's All American Games Celebrated 20 Years at the United Air Force Academy. 1997 – Colorado Springs, CO

In celebration of the 20th annual McDonald’s All American Games, the East Team went on to win 94-81 behind Elton Brand’s 16 points and nine-rebounds.

Jonathan Bender Scored 31 points, Breaking Michael Jordan's 18-Year Record. 1999 – Ames, IA

Bender scored 18 first-half points and finished with a McDonald’s All American Game-record 31, as the West Team went on to win the game 141-128. Bender also grabbed 10 rebounds en route to being named the John R. Wooden MVP.

 

Jonathan Bender
Jonathan Bender

 

 

Jonathan Bender Scored 31 points, Breaking Michael Jordan's 18-Year Record. 1999 – Ames, IA

Bender scored 18 first-half points and finished with a McDonald’s All American Game-record 31, as the West Team went on to win the game 141-128. Bender also grabbed 10 rebounds en route to being named the John R. Wooden MVP.

 

Jonathan Bender
Jonathan Bender

 

 

2000s

Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire
Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire

Historic Madison Square Garden Played Host to the 25th Boys Game and Inaugural Girls Game. 2002 – New York, NY

The Girls Game was one for the record books as the West Team defeated the East Team 94-85 behind co-MVP Ann Strother and her 21 points.

The Boys Games was a high-scoring affair as the East Team overpowered the West Team by a final score of 138-107. John R. Wooden MVP JJ Redick poured in 26 points, while converting on five-of-six attempts from three-point range.

Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire
Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire

Historic Madison Square Garden Played Host to the 25th Boys Game and Inaugural Girls Game. 2002 – New York, NY

The Girls Game was one for the record books as the West Team defeated the East Team 94-85 behind co-MVP Ann Strother and her 21 points.

The Boys Games was a high-scoring affair as the East Team overpowered the West Team by a final score of 138-107. John R. Wooden MVP JJ Redick poured in 26 points, while converting on five-of-six attempts from three-point range.

LeBron James Led East Team to Impressive Victory. 2003 – Cleveland, OH

James and the East Team took control of the game early and refused to give it up. Chris Paul had a game-high 10 assists and Charlie Villanueva added 17 points. For the West Team, Shannon Brown scored 23 points and Leon Powe had a game-high 12-rebounds.

The second annual Girls Game ended with the West dominating the East for the second straight year by a final score of 92-72. Game MVP Katie Geralds led all scorers with 17 points, four assists and three rebounds for the West Team. The East Team was led by sharpshooter Ivory Latta and Cori Chambers, both of whom had 12 points each.

Lebron James
Lebron James

 

 

LeBron James Led East Team to Impressive Victory. 2003 – Cleveland, OH

James and the East Team took control of the game early and refused to give it up. Chris Paul had a game-high 10 assists and Charlie Villanueva added 17 points. For the West Team, Shannon Brown scored 23 points and Leon Powe had a game-high 12-rebounds.

The second annual Girls Game ended with the West dominating the East for the second straight year by a final score of 92-72. Game MVP Katie Geralds led all scorers with 17 points, four assists and three rebounds for the West Team. The East Team was led by sharpshooter Ivory Latta and Cori Chambers, both of whom had 12 points each.

Lebron James
Lebron James

 

 

Derrick Rose, Maya Moore, Blake Griffin
Derrick Rose, Maya Moore, Blake Griffin

In front of a crowd of nearly 12,000 fans at Freedom Hall, the 2007 McDonald's All American Games featured 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 tied the record for most field goals made with eight and finished the game with 18 points, three steals and two blocks. However, the star of the game was Jasmine Thomas who ended the night with a great all-around performance, recording 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals. The East Team led the game throughout, winning by a final score of 105-76.

The Boys Game saw Kansas State-bound forward and John R. Wooden MVP Michael Beasley pour in 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the West Team to a narrow 114-112 victory.

Freedom Hall Set the Stage for a Star-Studded Games. 2007 – Louisville, KY

 

30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary
Derrick Rose, Maya Moore, Blake Griffin
Derrick Rose, Maya Moore, Blake Griffin

In front of a crowd of nearly 12,000 fans at Freedom Hall, the 2007 McDonald's All American Games featured 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 tied the record for most field goals made with eight and finished the game with 18 points, three steals and two blocks. However, the star of the game was Jasmine Thomas who ended the night with a great all-around performance, recording 16 points, nine rebounds and three steals. The East Team led the game throughout, winning by a final score of 105-76.

The Boys Game saw Kansas State-bound forward and John R. Wooden MVP Michael Beasley pour in 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the West Team to a narrow 114-112 victory.

Freedom Hall Set the Stage for a Star-Studded Games. 2007 – Louisville, KY

 

30th Anniversary
30th Anniversary

2010s

The Games Returned to a Sold-Out Crowd at the United Center. 2011 – Chicago, IL

The McDonald's All American Games returned to Chicago for the first time since 1982, hosting a record-setting crowd of 20,018 at the United Center. John R. Wooden MVP James McAdoo paced the Boys East Team with 17 points in a 111-96 victory. In the Girls Game, the East’s Elizabeth Williams scored a then-record 22 points in a 78-66 victory, earning MVP honors.

United Center
United Center

 

 

The Games Returned to a Sold-Out Crowd at the United Center. 2011 – Chicago, IL

The McDonald's All American Games returned to Chicago for the first time since 1982, hosting a record-setting crowd of 20,018 at the United Center. John R. Wooden MVP James McAdoo paced the Boys East Team with 17 points in a 111-96 victory. In the Girls Game, the East’s Elizabeth Williams scored a then-record 22 points in a 78-66 victory, earning MVP honors.

United Center
United Center

 

 

Glenn Robinson and Chris Webber
Glenn Robinson and Chris Webber

The McDonald's All American Games Named the 35 Greatest Players of All Time. 2012 –Chicago, IL

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Boys Game, the McDonald’s All American Games unveiled its 35 Greatest, a list which recognized the greatest players in Games history, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

The 2012 Games also featured 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.

Glenn Robinson and Chris Webber
Glenn Robinson and Chris Webber

The McDonald's All American Games Named the 35 Greatest Players of All Time. 2012 –Chicago, IL

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Boys Game, the McDonald’s All American Games unveiled its 35 Greatest, a list which recognized the greatest players in Games history, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

The 2012 Games also featured 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.

The McDonald’s All American Games Returned to Atlanta in the Highest-Scoring Contest Since 2000. 2018 – Atlanta, GA

After playing in Chicago since 2011, the McDonald’s All American Games moved to Atlanta, Ga., which had previously hosted the Game in 1983 and 1992. In the highest-scoring Boys Game since 2000, Nassir Little led all scorers with 28 points to lead the West Team to a 131-128 victory. On the girl's side, Christyn Williams (MVP) recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the West Team to an 82-79 win.

The McDonald’s All American Games Returned to Atlanta in the Highest-Scoring Contest Since 2000. 2018 – Atlanta, GA

After playing in Chicago since 2011, the McDonald’s All American Games moved to Atlanta, Ga., which had previously hosted the Game in 1983 and 1992. In the highest-scoring Boys Game since 2000, Nassir Little led all scorers with 28 points to lead the West Team to a 131-128 victory. On the girl's side, Christyn Williams (MVP) recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the West Team to an 82-79 win.