Beautiful program for the 8th annual American Basketball Association All-Star Game at San Antonio in January 1975.
What a roster of All-Stars… Julius Erving headlined the East starting line-up as the only unanimous All-Star selection from the ABA’s media and broadcasters. He was joined by guards Louie Dampier of the Kentucky Colonels and Freddie Lewis of the Spirits of St. Louis, rookie forward Marvin “Bad News” Barnes of St. Louis and Kentucky’s 7′ 2″ center Artis Gilmore. Future Hall-of-Famer Dan Issel came off the bench for the East.
The West starting line-up featured a pair of big men from the host San Antonio Spurs in center Swen Nater and forward George Gervin. Indiana Pacers forward George McGinniss rounded out the West’s front three. Mack Calvin of the Denver Nuggets and Ron Boone of the Utah Stars were starting guards. Rookie Moses Malone of Utah was among the reserves.
West coach Larry Brown made sure that the three San Antonio Spurs selections saw plenty of action in front of the home crowd. Gervin led the West with 23 points and fellow Spur James Silas was right behind with 21. Swen Nater, the ABA’s top rebounder, added 12 points and 5 boards.
The program art promised a “Shootout in Ol’ San Antone” and that exactly what the All-Stars delivered. The East came out on top 151-124, running the conference advantage in ABA All-Star classics to 5-3. Freddie Lewis of St. Louis led all scorers with 26 points and earned Most Valuable Player honors.
The ABA played one more All-Star Game after this one, at Denver in January 1976. That historic game introduced the first Slam Dunk Contest, won by Julius Erving at halftime. The ABA merged into the NBA in June 1976.