12 Christian NBA players set to feature in 2024 All-Star Game

The NBA All-Star Game brings together 24 of the best basketball players in the world to showcase their skills.

For any players fortunate enough to be involved, it’s often one of the proudest moments of their career.

While many see the All-Star game as a chance to enhance their own fame and reputation, there are many players who want to give God the glory.

Here’s a breakdown of 12 Christian players who have been selected for the 2024 NBA All-Star game.

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)

Milwaukee Bucks powerhouse Giannis Antetotokounmpo spoke about his faith most publicly after winning the 2019 MVP award.

An emotional Giannis said: “First of all, I want to thank God for blessing me with this amazing talent.

“I wouldn’t be in this position that I am today,” he said. “Everything I do, I do it for Him. I am extremely blessed.”

2. Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers)

Indiana Pacers point guard Tyrese Haliburton has been on a recent journey with his faith.

In an interview with nba.com, he revealed: “My faith has grown a lot over the last year or two,” he said.

“Growing up we didn’t go to church a lot, but we understood God’s place in our lives.

“Now that I’m an adult I guess — I own a house now and live on my own — I go to church on Sunday every chance I can. I go to chapel before games.”

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The Wisconsin-born star has also posted about his faith on social media.

In 2020, Haliburton posted on his Instagram: “God, forgive me if I’ve asked you more than I’ve thanked you”.

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3. Damian Lillard (Milwaukee Bucks)

The Portland Trail Blazers star recently posted about striving for ‘real growth’ in his faith.

The 32-year-old talked about spending time with Christian author Jason Wilson and quoted Corinthians 15:33:

‘Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”’

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And it’s not the first time Lillard has opened up about his battle with faith.

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In an interview with The Athletic, he said:

“We are going to have to answer to Him one day.

“[God] will ask: ‘Did you live for me? Did you do stuff the way I would have liked you to do it?’

“When that time comes, I really want to say I tried, and I really want to give thanks and really be into the Word.”

Lillard most recently posted about his faith on Instagram in January, saying: “Our GOD is an awesome GOD”.

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4. Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)

To keep faith at the center of his daily life, Jayson Tatum came up with a motto that’s front and center on all his social media accounts:

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‘In Jesus Name I play’.

When asked about the significance behind his motto on the Faith on the Field podcast, Tatum explained:

“That’s something that has stuck with me for a long time. I even got it tattooed on my wrist.

“From a young age, my grandmother was the first one to always remind me how blessed I am to be in this position and the talents that I have.

“And to make sure that everything you do, you do it for Jesus.”

Tatum also has some of the most striking faith tattoos in the world of sports.

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The most prominent of them all is the giant tattoo at the top of his back that reads ‘God’s will’, with reference to Proverbs 3: 5-6 printed just underneath.

Those bible verses talk in particular about putting your trust in God:

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.’

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Aptly, running through the center of Tatum’s ‘God’s will’ tattoo is an image of Jesus on the cross.

The ultimate picture of God’s will. That God sent his only son to die to save sinners.

READ MORE: Inside Jayson Tatum’s Christian faith from giant tattoos to powerful life motto about Jesus

5. Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)

Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo is seeking to be an example to those around him.

On his X profile, Bam refers to 1 Timothy 4:12 which says:

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe”.

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6. Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia 76ers)

76ers shooting guard Tyrese Maxey is giving God the glory for the success of his career.

He told The Inquirer before his first NBA game in 2023: “A lot of preparation went into this moment, a lot of prayers, and a lot of blessing.

“I thank God every morning when I wake up. I really appreciate Him helping me get to this point.”

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7. Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks)

Hawks Point Guard Trae Young openly speaks about his faith in Jesus.

In a 2020 interview with Real Talk Sports, Young revealed:

“I’m a big believer in Christ and He gets me through my ups and downs”.

Young also posts about his faith on social media.

One X post read: “Faith is about trusting God when you have unanswered questions”.

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8. Kevin Durant (Phoenix Suns)

Durant is a Christian who has spoken about his beliefs and how they shape his life on and off the court.

In an interview with Beyond the Ultimate, Durant spoke openly about what his faith means:

“I read my Bible now all the time.

“The Bible both pumps me up and balances me to play my best, but it also tells me more about the Lord and how I can live for Him, and what all He has done for me.

“I’m not perfect by any means. I have a long way to go to become close to the Lord, but hopefully, I can continue to stay on that path.

“I just want to grow spiritually with the Lord and get to know Him as well as I can.”

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“I believe God’s love for me, the sacrificial death of Jesus for my sins, and His grace, not my good works, are what saves me.

That humbles me and makes me worship Him.”

One of the ways that Durant expresses his faith is through his tattoos.

The NBA superstar has “Walk by faith not by sight” tattooed just above his right hip. This is a reference to 2 Corinthians 5:7, which says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Durant has said that this verse reminds him to trust in God’s plan for his life.

On his back, Durant has a tattoo that contains words from James 1: 2-4, that read:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

The NBA superstar also has a tattoo of a cross just below his ribs and a portrait of Jesus on his back.

READ MORE: Is Kevin Durant a Christian? All you need to know about the NBA star’s religion

9. Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)

Suns shooting guard Devin Booker has openly spoken about the power of prayer in his life.

In an interview with The Alabama Baptist, he said on prayer:

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“I wouldn’t be in this situation that I am without it,” he said. “I pray every day.”

10. Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors)

The Golden State legend has always been very open about his faith in Jesus.

He even displays it on the court, famously wearing shoes with ‘4:13’ printed on them, referring to a specific verse in Philippians:

‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’

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The NBA star also has a special affinity to Romans 8:28 thanks to his devout Christian mom.

The verse says: ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

Curry explained: “My mom messaged over and over and over and over again, Romans 8:28, and that was the verse that she spoke life into me.

“To me, that was something that I really believed.

Whatever I put my mind to, whatever I decided, I was going to really work it and have that spirit of accomplishment.”

You can watch Steph Curry talking about his faith here:

11. Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers)

Kawhi Leonard most publicly spoke about his faith after the toughest year of his career that was riddled with injury.

In a post-match interview he said: “Last year was a very down year for me, I was going through a lot, but you know God is good.

“I prayed every day and ended up getting healthy and now I’m able to play basketball and you can just see what He does for you”.

12. Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Timberwolves power forward Karl-Anthony Towns has been known to talk about Jesus in some of his press conferences:

The New Jersey-born star also posts on his social media regarding his faith.

Towns refers to Philippians 4:13 in his Instagram bio.

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The famous verse says: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

He also uses his X account to share bible verses.

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