California’s NBA All-Star Alumni

From CIF state champions to NBA All-Stars: Artesia of Lakewood grad James Harden (left) and Santa Margarita grad Klay Thompson. Photos: Wikipedia.com.

From CIF state champions to NBA All-Stars: Artesia of Lakewood grad James Harden (left) and Santa Margarita grad Klay Thompson. Photos: Wikipedia.com.

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, who scored 37 points to lead Santa Margarita to a CIF D3 state title, is the 50th player from a California high school who has been selected to an NBA all-star team. In honor of that total, we have decided to start a new NBA All-Star Alumni list for our exclusive state record book.

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Since the NBA began having all-star games in 1951, there has only been three years when there hasn’t been at least one former California high school player who has been in the game or who was named to the roster but couldn’t play.

Those years – 1971, 1992 & 1993 – contrast to the higher totals of recent years, such as 2013, when there was a record-tying total of five.
NBA all-star logo
Four players will be in this year’s All-Star Game in New York with one of those – Golden State sharpshooter Klay Thompson (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) – making it for the first time. The other three will be James Harden (Lakewood Artesia); Russell Westbrook (Lawndale Leuzinger) and Damian Lillard (Oakland). Lillard was just added to the West team on Monday of last week due to an injury to the L.A. Clippers’ Blake Griffin. Lillard played in his first all-star game last season.

In addition to 2013, the other seasons in which there were five California NBA All-Stars were 1983, 1981, 1958 and 1959.

Schools that have had the most NBA all-stars is a tie with three each for McClymonds of Oakland and Dominguez of Compton.

McClymonds, of course, is the alma mater of all-time great Bill Russell, who also still has more NBA All-Star appearances than any other player from California with 11. Both Jason Kidd (Alameda St. Joseph) and Paul Pierce (Inglewood) played in the game 10 times.

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Here is a complete list of the 50 from California to have been NBA All-Stars (note: some may not have actually played in year listed due to injury):

Bill Cartwright of Elk Grove was an NBA All-Star for the New York Knicks and later became a key starter for the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. Photo: Cal-Hi Sports archives.

Bill Cartwright of Elk Grove was an NBA All-Star for the New York Knicks and later became a key starter for the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. Photo: Cal-Hi Sports archives.

Gilbert Arenas (Grant, Van Nuys) 2005, 2007

Don Barksdale (Berkeley) 1953

John Block (Glendale) 1973

Joe Caldwell (Fremont, Los Angeles) 1969, 1970

Bill Cartwright (Elk Grove) 1980

Cedric Ceballos (Dominguez, Compton) 1995

Tyson Chandler (Dominguez, Compton) 2013

Phil Chenier (Berkeley) 1974, 1975, 1977

Antonio Davis (McClymonds, Oakland) 2001

Baron Davis (Crossroads, Santa Monica) 2002, 2004

DeMar DeRozan (Compton) 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018

James Donaldson (Burbank, Sacramento) 1988

Mark Eaton (Cypress) 1989

Paul George (Knight, Palmdale) 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Gale Goodrich (Poly, Los Angeles) 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975

James Harden (Artesia, Lakewood) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

James Harden as a prep without the beard. Photo: Student Sports archives.

James Harden as a prep without the beard. Photo: Student Sports archives.

Jrue Holiday (Campbell Hall, North Hollywood) 2013

Mel Hutchins (Arcadia) 1956, 1957

Darrell Imhoff (Alhambra) 1967

Dennis Johnson (Dominguez, Compton) 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985

Kevin Johnson (Sacramento) 1990, 1991, 1994

Marques Johnson (Crenshaw, Los Angeles) 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986

Steve Johnson (San Gorgonio, San Bernardino) 1988

Jason Kidd (St. Joseph, Alameda) 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010

Bill Laimbeer (Palos Verdes, PV Estates) 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987

Kawhi Leonard (King, Riverside) 2016, 2017, 2019

Damian Lillard (Oakland) 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019

Tom Meschery (Lowell, San Francisco) 1963

Reggie Miller (Poly, Riverside) 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000

Willie Naulls (San Pedro) 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962

Gary Payton (Skyline, Oakland) 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Paul Pierce (Inglewood) 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Jim Pollard (Oakland Tech) 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955

Bob Rule (Poly, Riverside) 1970

Bill Russell (McClymonds, Oakland) 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966,1967, 1968, 1969

Woody Sauldsberry (Compton) 1959

Fred Scolari (Galileo, San Francisco) 1952, 1953

Ken Sears (Watsonville) 1958, 1959

Bill Sharman (Porterville) 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960

Lonnie Shelton (Foothill, Bakersfield) 1982

Paul Silas (McClymonds, Oakland) 1972, 1975

Phil Smith (Washington, San Francisco) 1976, 1977

Reggie Theus (Inglewood) 1981, 1983

Klay Thompson (Santa Margarita, Rancho SM) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Kiki Vandeweghe (Palisades, Pacific Palisades) 1983, 1984

Bill Walton (Helix, La Mesa) 1978, 1979

Russell Westbrook (Leuzinger, Lawndale) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Paul Westphal (Aviation, Redondo Beach) 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981

Sidney Wicks (Hamilton, Los Angeles) 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975

Jamaal Wilkes (Santa Barbara) 1976, 1981, 1983

George Yardley (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach) 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960

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