18. Michael Jordan – 1998
10 years after he dazzled the Chicago crowd, Jordan was back again. The veteran was playing for a clearly inferior Eastern Conference. However, his skills were enough to make the difference and help his team to victory. Jordan scored 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting, dished out eight assists, and grabbed six rebounds.
Of course, Jordan winning the MVP award is only part of the story of an enthralling night in Madison Square Garden. It also marked the first time that Kobe Bryant played in an All-Star game. Furthermore, Shaquille O’Neal also made his first appearance as a Lakers player after missing the year before due to injury.