2019 NBA All-Star Weekend has arrived, and it’s always fun to look back at local high school players who played in the All-Star game and competed in the slam dunk and 3-point contests.
From John Stockton to Zach LaVine, Washington has produced an impressive collection of NBA talent. And it’s hard to believe Jamal Crawford and Jason Terry never made an All-Star team.
Here’s a look at former Washington high school basketball players who have been involved in NBA All-Star weekend.
John Stockton, Gonzaga Prep (Class of 1980)
Stockton, the NBA’s all-time assists leaders, was a 10-time NBA All-Star for the Utah Jazz. His first All-Star game was in 1989 and his last was in 2000. He was named co-MVP of the 1993 All-Star game after scoring nine points and dishing out 15 assists in front of his home crowd in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also competed in the 3-point shootout in 1992 and 1997. Stockton retired after the 2002-03 season and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Detlef Schrempf, Centralia High School (Class of 1981)
Schrempf, who moved to Centralia from Germany for his senior season, was a three-time NBA All-Star. His first appearance came in 1993 as a member of the Indiana Pacers, and his next two came in 1995 and 1997 as a member of the Seattle SuperSonics. Schrempf also competed in the 3-point shootout in 1987 and 1988.
Brandon Roy, Garfield High School (Class of 2002)
If not for a debilitating knee condition, Roy could have been near the top of this list. In just five seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, Roy made three consecutive All-Star teams (2008-10). After sitting out the 2011-12 season, he attempted a comeback with Minnesota, but retired after only five games.
Isaiah Thomas, Curtis High School
Thomas, who left Curtis after his junior year in 2006 to attend prep school in Connecticut, is a two-time NBA All-Star (2016, 2017). Both All-Star appearances came with the Boston Celtics. Now with the Denver Nuggets, Thomas returned to the court this week almost a year after having surgery on his right hip.
Jason Terry, Franklin High School (Class of 1995)
Terry probably should have made an All-Star team during his 19-year NBA career, but he did compete in the 3-point shootout twice (2006, 2007). He didn’t win the shootout, but he is one of the best 3-point shooters in the history of the NBA. Terry is fifth all-time in 3-pointers made with 2,282.
Nate Robinson, Rainier Beach High School (Class of 2002)
Robinson never made an All-Star game, but he’s the only three-time winner of the All-Star weekend slam dunk competition (2006, 2009, 2010). At just 5-foot-9, Robinson is the second shortest slam dunk champion in history, behind 5-foot-7 Spud Webb. Robinson played for 11 seasons in the NBA and finished with career averages of 11 points and 3 assists.
Zach LaVine, Bothell High School (Class of 2013)
LaVine, Washington’s Mr. Basketball in 2013, has a chance to make an All-Star team in the near future. In his fifth season in the NBA he’s having a breakout year, averaging 23 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Chicago Bulls. LaVine did win the slam dunk competition twice (2015, 2016).
(Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments.)