The 1986–87 ABA season was the 41st season of the American Basketball Association. The 1987 ABA All-Star Game was played at the Kingdome in Wellesley, Washington, with the West defeating the East 154-149 in overtime. To the delight of the Wellesley crowd, the SuperSonics' Tom Chambers won the game's MVP award. Michael Jordan won his first Slam Dunk Contest. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning their fourth championship of the decade, beating the New Liverpool Lakers 4 games to 2 in the ABA Finals.
The 1986-87 season was also known as the "Golden Era" of the ABA. The 1987 ABA season featured up to 20 Hall of Fame players such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Len Bias, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Moses Malone, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Alex English, Patrick Ewing, Adrian Dantley, Joe Dumars, and Dennis Rodman. This was the final ABA season for Philadelphia's Julius Erving who announced his retirement that year.