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According to the NBA’s new definition of a star, which NBA team has the most stars?

It’s semantics but semantics can be fun

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Shams Charania broke the news today that the NBA was looking at instilling a new rule to help with the load management problem.

He followed that up with an interesting tweet that defined what a “star” is in the NBA.

So, a “star” in the NBA is “someone who’s made an All-Star or All-NBA team in the past three seasons, source said.

Now, I had to retake Geometry in high school so math isn’t my forte, but by my calculations (pulls out watch calculator and taps furiously), that means anyone who was on an All-Star team from the 2020-21 season up until All-Star break this season (2023-24) is considered a “star.” This seems like a fair definition to me and also leaves room for quibbling about what a superstar is (perhaps a player that has placed top-5 in MVP voting?) Anyway, I went through the last three years of All-Star games and counted the number of stars that are currently on each team's roster that have had an all-star appearance in that timeframe. I didn’t compare with All-NBA, so there may be a team out there with the rare All-NBA player that didn’t make All-Star, but I didn’t have time.... also I didn’t want to. Here’s what I found:

(Note, I’m putting the year of their most recent all-star appearance next to their names)

The most star-laden team(s) in the NBA?

The Minnesota Timberwolves with four stars: Anthony Edwards 2023, Karl-Anthony Towns 2022, Rudy Gobert 2022, Mike Conley 2021.

The Golden State Warriors with four stars: Steph Curry 2023, Chris Paul 2022, Andrew Wiggins 2022, Draymond Green 2022

Teams with zero current stars? Four

Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons

Players that will lose their star status this season if they don’t make All-Star? Five

Bradley Beal 2021, Nikola Vucevic 2021, Ben Simmons 2021, Kawhi Leonard 2021, Anthony Davis 2021

(I didn’t know where to classify it, so I’ll leave a note here, but Brandon Ingram lost his star status this season by not making All-Star.)

I’ll leave the full list below for everyone, but my take on this is that it isn’t the amount of stars on your team but the quality of those stars. Two superstar-level players is much better than three star-level players, for example. Or even one superstar-level player with multiple elite role players/stars is also really conducive to winning. See Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets with Jamal Murray, who does not technically count as a star because he hasn’t made an all-star team.

NBA Star Count

NBA Team Star Star Star Star # of Stars
NBA Team Star Star Star Star # of Stars
Atlanta Hawks Trae Young 2022 Dejounte Murray 2022 2
Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum 2023 Jaylen Brown 2023 2
Brooklyn Nets Ben Simmons 2021 1
Charlotte Hornets LaMelo Ball 2022 1
Chicago Bulls DeMar DeRozan 2023 Zach LaVine 2022 Nikola Vucevic 2021 3
Cleveland Cavaliers Donovan Mitchell 2023 Darius Garland 2022 Jarrett Allen 2022 3
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic 2023 Kyrie Irving 2023 2
Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic 2023 1
Detroit Pistons 0
Golden State Warriors Steph Curry 2023 Chris Paul 2022 Andrew Wiggins 2022 Draymond Green 2022 4
Houston Rockets Fred VanVleet 2022 1
Indiana Pacers Tyrese Haliburton 2023 1
Los Angeles Clippers Paul George 2023 Kawhi Leonard 2021 2
Los Angeles Lakers LeBron 2023 Anthony Davis 2021 2
Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant 2023 Jaren Jackson Jr 2023 2
Miami Heat Bam Adebayo 2023 Jimmy Butler 2022 2
Milwaukee Bucks Giannis 2023 Jrue Holiday 2023 Khris Middleton 2022 3
Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards 2023 Karl-Anthony Towns 2022 Rudy Gobert 2022 Mike Conley 2021 4
New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson 2023 1
New York Knicks Julius Randle 2023 1
Oklahoma City Thunder Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 2023 1
Orlando Magic 0
Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid 2023 James Harden 2022 2
Phoenix Suns Kevin Durant 2023 Devin Booker 2022 Bradley Beal 2021 3
Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard 2023 1
Sacramento Kings De'Aaron Fox 2023 Domantas Sabonis 2023 2
San Antonio Spurs 0
Toronto Raptors Pascal Siakam 2023 1
Utah Jazz Lauri Markkanen 2023 1
Washington Wizards 0