The 45 rookies to make the annual showcase game

The best players to ever step foot onto a basketball court have all been recognized with various awards over the years as becoming an NBA All-Star is among the highest individual honors in the game.

Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has the most All-Star appearances with 19, while Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have each made the annual showcase 18 times. James, who is expected to pass Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer, is all but a lock to earn his 19th node this season.

With only 12 roster spots available in each conference, becoming an All-Star is incredibly difficult. The odds of appearing in the game as a first-year player are even lower than there have only been 45 rookies to make it in history.

The number of rookie players in the All-Star Game has dwindled drastically over the years. The last rookie to be voted an All-Star was Blake Griffin in 2011 with the Los Angeles Clippers as there have only been 10 rookies to make the game since 1985.

Rookie Wire decided to take a look at every rookie to become an All-Star.

Larry Foust, Fort Wayne Pistons

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Year: 1950-51

Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics

Bob Cousy Celtics

Bob Cousy Celtics

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Year: 1950-51

Paul Arizin, Philadelphia Warriors

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Year: 1950-51

Don Sunderlage, Milwaukee Hawks

Year: 1953-54

Jack Molinas, Fort Wayne Pistons

Year: 1953-54

Ray Felix, Baltimore Bullets

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Year: 1953-54

Frank Selvy, Baltimore Bullets

Year: 1954-55

Bob Pettit, Milwaukee Hawks

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Year: 1954-55

Maurice Stokes, Rochester Royals

Year: 1955-56

Tom Heinsohn, Boston Celtics

Tommy Heinsohn

Tommy Heinsohn

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Year: 1956-57

Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers

Elgin Baylor Lakers

Elgin Baylor Lakers

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Year: 1958-59

Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors

Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors

Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors

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Year: 1959-60

Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers

Jerry West

Jerry West

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Year: 1960-61

Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals

Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals

Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals

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Year: 1960-61

Walt Bellamy, Chicago Packers

Walt Bellamy Chicago Packers

Walt Bellamy Chicago Packers

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Year: 1961-62

Terry Dischinger, Chicago Zephyrs

Terry Dischinger Chicago Zephyrs

Terry Dischinger Chicago Zephyrs

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Year: 1962-63

Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati Royals

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Year: 1963-64

Luke Jackson, Philadelphia 76ers

Year: 1964-65

Willis Reed, New York Knicks

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Year: 1964-65

Rick Barry, San Francisco Warriors

Rick Barry San Francisco Warriors

Rick Barry San Francisco Warriors

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Year: 1965-66

Wes Unseld, Baltimore Bullets

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Year: 1968-69

Elvin Hayes, San Diego Rockets

Elvin Hayes San Diego Rockets

Elvin Hayes San Diego Rockets

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Year: 1968-69

Lew Alcindor, Milwaukee Bucks

Kareem Abdul Jabbar Milwaukee Bucks

Kareem Abdul Jabbar Milwaukee Bucks

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Year: 1969-70

Geoff Petrie, Portland Trail Blazers

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Year: 1970-71

John Johnson, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Year: 1970-71

Sidney Wicks, Portland Trail Blazers

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Year: 1971-72

Alvan Adams, Phoenix Suns

Alvan Adams Suns

Alvan Adams Suns

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Year: 1975-76

Walter Davis, Phoenix Suns

Walter Davis Suns

Walter Davis Suns

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Year: 1977-78

Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers

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Year: 1979-80

Bill Cartwright, New York Knicks

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Year: 1979-80

Larry Bird, Boston Celtics

Larry Bird Celtics 1979

Larry Bird Celtics 1979

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Year: 1979-80

Buck Williams, New Jersey Nets

Buck Williams Nets

Buck Williams Nets

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Year: 1981-82

Kelly Tripucka, Detroit Pistons

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Year: 1981-82

Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons

Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas

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Year: 1981-82

Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets

Ralph Sampson Rockets 1983 NBA draft

Ralph Sampson Rockets 1983 NBA draft

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Year: 1983-84

Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets

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Year: 1984-85

Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

Michael Jordan rookie season

Michael Jordan rookie season

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Year: 1984-85

Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks

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Year: 1985-86

David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs

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Year: 1989-90

Dikembe Mutombo, Denver Nuggets

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Year: 1991-92

Shaquille O’Neal, Orlando Magic

Shaquille O'Neal Orlando Magic

Shaquille O’Neal Orlando Magic

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Year: 1992-93

Grant Hill, Detroit Pistons

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Year: 1994-95

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

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Year: 1997-98

Yao Ming Houston Rockets

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Year: 2002-03

Blake GriffinLos Angeles Clippers

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Year: 2010-11

Story originally appeared on Rookie Wire

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