HISTORY, HERITAGE & TRADITIONMcDONALD'S ALL AMERICAN® GAMES TIMELINE

1970

Magic Johnson is named to the first McDonald's All American® Team. 1977 – Washington, D.C.

In 1977, the first McDonald's All American® Team was named. Headlining the squad were future NBA stars Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Albert King and Gene Banks. The Team participated in the Capital Classic in Washington, D.C. against an all-star team from the Washington - Maryland - Virginia area.

The first McDonald's All American Game® ® is played at The Spectrum. 1978 - Philadelphia, Pa.

The first McDonald's All American Game® took place at The Spectrum. Rudy Woods pulled down 16 rebounds to pace the West's 94-86 triumph and was named the first Wooden Award winner. Mark Aguirre scored 17 points for the West and Daryl Mitchell poured in a game-high 20 points for the losing East.

Isiah Thomas and John Paxson lead the East to a thrilling O/T victory. 1979 - Charlotte, N.C.

Arguably the best senior class of all-time, the 1979 McDonald's All American Game® included: Ralph Sampson, Dominique Wilkins, Isiah Thomas, James Worthy, John Paxson and Byron Scott. Thomas and Paxson paced the East to a 106-105 overtime victory, scoring 19 and 14 points, respectively. Darren Daye's 22 points earned him MVP honors for the losing West.

1980

Michael Jordan scores 30 points, helping his East team to an unexpected win. 1981 - Wichita, Kan.

Jordan's 30 points, a record held for 18 years (broken by Jonathan Bender in 1999 with 31 points), wasn't enough to capture the MVP award, which was shared by the East's Adrian Branch (24 points) and the West's Aubrey Sherrod (19 points).

Joe Louis is named MVP after he rallies the East from a 12-point deficit. 1986 - Detroit, Mich.

More than 15,500 fans descended on Joe Louis Arena as MVP J.R. Reid rallied the East from a 12-point deficit to a 104-101 win. The East team ran up 34 fourth-quarter points. Reid scored 23 points and was joined by Rumeal Robinson (19 points) and Steve Hood (16 points). Terry Mills led the West with 20; Derrick Coleman added 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

The McDonald's All American Game® marks its 10th anniversary, returning to The Spectrum. 1987 - Philadelphia, Pa.

The McDonald's All American Game® celebrated its 10th anniversary in The Spectrum, site of the inaugural contest. Brian Shorter poured in 24 points in a 118-110 East triumph, but East teammate Mark Macon (14 points) was voted MVP. Marcus Liberty (18 points) and Larry Johnson led the losing West team.

Alonzo Mourning and Billy Owens lead the East team to its fourth straight win. 1988 - Albuquerque, N.M.

Alonzo Mourning scored 16 points and Billy Owens grabbed 14 rebounds as the East made it four straight wins, 105-99 at The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico. Mourning and Owens shared the Wooden MVP Award.

Shaq's 18 points help the West finally break the East's winning streak. 1989 - Kansas City, Mo.

Shaquille O'Neal had 18 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks to lead the West to a 112-103 victory, snapping the East's four-game winning streak. O'Neal shared MVP honors with the East's Bobby Hurley, who dished out 10 assists.

1990

The McDonald's All American Game® is played in Springfield, as part of basketball's centennial celebration. 1991 - Springfield, Mass.

After Springfield's own Travis Best hit the game-tying three-pointer for the East with 22 seconds remaining, the West's Chris Webber slammed home the decisive deuce in a thrilling 108-106 victory. Webber, co-MVP along with the East's Rick Brunson scored 28 points (20 points from dunks) and pulled down 12 rebounds. Glenn Robinson added 20 points and eight rebounds to the winning effort. Brunson's 19 points, seven boards and six assists weren't enough for the losing East team. The Game was played in the sold-out Civic Arena in Springfield, the birthplace of basketball, as part of the sport's centennial celebration.

Jacque Vaughn makes a record breaking thirteen assists, winning co-MVP honors. 1993 - Memphis, Tenn.

A sell-out crowd of 10,225 watched high-flying Jerry Stackhouse score 27 points to capture co-MVP honors with Jacque Vaughn, who passed his way to a McDonald's All American Game® record with 13 assists. Stackhouse's East squad won the game, 105-95, as Keith Booth scored 15 points and Dontonio Wingfield added 13 points. Charles O'Bannon and Darnell Robinson led the West with 19 points each.

MVP Kevin Garnett gives a hint of things to come with his 18 points and 11 rebounds. 1995 - St. Louis, Mo.

MVP Kevin Garnett displayed his enormous talent before a record crowd of 16,201 enthusiastic fans, leading the West to a 125-115 victory. The 6-foot-10 forward finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Garnett garnered support from Paul Pierce, who put up a game-high of 28 points, one of eight players in double digits for the West. The East was paced by Ron Mercer, who contributed 19 points.

The McDonald's All American® Games' 20th anniversary is celebrated at the United Air Force Academy. 1997 - Colorado Springs, Colo.

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Game at the United States Air Force Academy's Clune Arena in Colorado Springs before an energetic crowd, the East defeated the West 94-81. Elton Brand led the victorious East squad with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Dion Glover hit 15 points in only 17 minutes of action. MVP Kenny Gregory led his West teammates with 18 points and dazzled the crowd with several creative slam-dunks. West teammate Larry Hughes contributed 17 points and a team high nine rebounds. Leading all players, Lamar Odom brought in 11 rebounds.

From 1978-97 approximately $2,000,000 was raised for RMHC through the McDonald's All American High School Basketball Game.

Jonathan Bender scores 31 points, breaking Michael Jordan's record. 1999

Jonathan Bender surpasses Michael Jordan to become the all-time boys points leader with 31.

2000

The 25th anniversary Boys game and inaugural Girls games are played in MSG. 2002 - New York, N.Y.

Historic Madison Square Garden was the site for the 25th anniversary Boys Game and the inaugural Girls Game. Home to the NBA New York Knicks and the WNBA New York Liberty, the 2002 McDonald's All American® Teams only added to the rich tradition of this historic basketball Mecca. The Inaugural Girls Game was one for the record books as the West defeated the East 94-85 behind co-MVP Ann Strother and her 21 points. Co-MVP Shanna Zolman contributed 21 points, seven steals and five assists for the East.

In the second game of the night, the boys celebrated 25 years of basketball excellence in a high scoring affair as the East overpowered the West 138-107. Game MVP, JJ Redick of the East team poured in 26 points, while converting on five of six of his three point attempts. Rashad McCants and Carmelo Anthony also contributed to the East victory by scoring 22 points and 19 points respectively. The West team was paced by Bracey Wright who scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and Dee Brown who dished out eight assists to go along with four steals.

Approximately $175,000 was raised for RMHC of New York and RMHC of Hudson Valley Greater New Jersey.

LeBron James dominates the game, leading the East to an impressive victory. 2003

East defeated the West 122-107. James and the East squad took control of the game early and refused to let the West back in the game. Chris Paul had a game high 10 assists and Charlie Villanueva scored 17 points and had some spectacular dunks for the East. Shannon Brown scored 23 points and Leon Powe had a game high 12 rebounds and scored 15 points to pace the West.

Earlier in the day, the second annual Girls Game tipped off at the Gund. For the second straight year, the West dominated the East winning 92-72. Game MVP Katie Geralds led the all scorers with 17 points, four assists and three rebounds for the West. Erin Lawless also contributed 16 points for the West. The East was lead by sharpshooter Ivory Latta and Cori Chambers who had 12 points each.

Approximately $300,000 was raised for RMHC of Northeastern Ohio.

The 30th anniversary of the game is celebrated at Freedom Hall. 2007 - Louisville, Ky.

The 30th Anniversary of the McDonald's All American® Games was indeed monumental with a pair of East vs. West match-ups showcasing the best in high school basketball talent in front of a crowd of nearly 12,000 fans at Freedom Hall. The 2007 McDonald's All American® team was stacked with notable talent that includes Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, Eric Gordon, Kevin Love, James Harden, Kyle Singler, Blake Griffin, Nolan Smith, and O.J. Mayo. A halftime performance from Timbaland and sold out Jam Fest helped to raise nearly $500,000 for RMCH of Kentuckiana.

The sixth annual Girls Game kicked-off the night's action and was one for the record books. Morgan Wootten Player-of-the-Year Award winner Maya Moore from Lawrenceville, Ga. tied the record for most field goals with eight and had 18 points, three steals and two blocks. Kelley Cain from Atlanta, Ga. pulled down a new record 14 rebounds with her outstanding performance. The night's star and John Wooden MVP of the Game was Jasmine Thomas with three steals, nine rebounds, 16 points and a great all-around performance. The East team led the game through its entirety, finishing with 105 points to the West Team's 76.

The 30th annual Boys Game saw Kansas State-bound forward and Game MVP Michael Beasley pour in 23 points on 10 of 13 shooting. Beasley helped lead the West squad through the first half with two assists, one steal and an outstanding 12 rebounds and 23 points. The East team came back after being down by 11 points in the first half, but in the end wasn't able to pull off the win, losing this thriller to the West by only two points, 114-112. The East Team was led by J.J. Hickson with 14 points and Nick Calathes with 13 points. Morgan Wootten Player-of-the-Year Award winner and Boy's West team player Kevin Love also had a stellar game with six rebounds and 13 points.

2010

The Games return to a sold out crowd at Chicago's United Center. 2011

The McDonald's All American® Games returned to a sold-out United Center hosting a record-setting crowd of 20,018 fans. 2011 marked the first time the Games returned to Chicago since 1982.

The McDonald's All American® Games name their 35 greatest players of all time. 2012 - Chicago, IL.

In 2012, the McDonald's All American Games® returned to Chicago and the United Center, making it the first time in history that the Games were played in the same host city back-to-back. The 2012 Games also marked an important milestone – the 35th Anniversary of the Boys Game. In celebration of this important anniversary, the McDonald's All American Games unveiled its 35 Greatest, a list which recognized some of the greatest players in Games' history. Leading up to Game Week, each player on the list received a commemorative basketball and select players including; LeBron James, Alonzo Mourning, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Doc Rivers received special in-person recognitions.

The 2012 Games attracted 16,308 fans, contributing to the highest consecutive attendance total in Games' history (2011-2012) and raised more than $650,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana. Funds from the Games helped to construct the nation's largest Ronald McDonald House in Chicago.

2012 featured two of the closest games in the history of the McDonald's All American® Games. The night began with the 11th annual Girls Game, a game that wasn't decided until a Bashaara Graves free throw with less than a second left sealed a 79-78 win for the East squad. The East team's Alexis Prince earned MVP honors tallying 15 points and nine rebounds. The West team was led by Nirra Fields' game-high 20 points and 18 points from local standout, Morgan Tuck. Even in defeat, the West team still holds the all-times series lead with a record of 7-4.

The 35th annual Boys Game also came down to the final seconds with the West team holding on to win 106-102. After leading by 25 points in the second half, the West team, led by Game MVP Shabazz Muhammad and the three-point shooting of Rasheed Sulaimon, pulled out a victory despite a furious rally by the East team. Muhammad led all scorers with 21 points while Sulaimon chipped in 18 points in the victory. The East squad was led by Alex Poythress' 19 points, Rodney Purvis' 15 points and 12 rebounds from DaJuan Coleman. With the victory, the West team narrowed the gap on the East's all-time series lead, which now stands at 19-16.

2013 Games

This year marked the 36th anniversary of the McDonald’s All American© Boys Game and the 12th anniversary of the Girls Game and the first time the Games were hosted back-to-back-to-back in the same city, Chicago. Proceeds from the 2013 Games benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities© (RMHC©). The Games have helped raise more than $10 million for RMHC and its local Chapters in the U.S. since the Games inception in 1978. The McDonald’s All American© Games will be hosted at Chicago's United Center until 2015!

2014 Games

This year marks the 37th Anniversary of the McDonald’s All American© Boys Game and the 13th Anniversary of the Girls Game, which will be played at Chicago’s United Center on April 2. Net proceeds from the McDonald’s All American Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities© (RMHC©). To date, the Games have helped to raise more than $10 million for RMHC.

2018 Games

In 2018, for the first time in 7 years, the Games moved locations to Atlanta. The basketball-crazed city previously hosted the Games in 1992 and 1983.