Aug 15, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT
When we talk about the wear and tear on a player’s body, we can quickly look up how many regular season minutes a player has racked up.
But that leaves out the playoffs. For a player like Kobe Bryant, that is 8,165 minutes — the equivalent of three more 82 game seasons at his regular season minutes average. That is a lot of additional wear and tear.
So when you combine regular season and playoff minutes, who has racked up the most minutes in NBA history? Henry at TrueHoop wanted to know, asked Basketball-Reference.com to crunch the numbers (because they do it better than anyone).
Your all time Top 10:
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 66,297
2. Karl Malone 62,759
3. Wilt Chamberlain 55,418
4. John Stockton 54,162
5. Elvin Hayes 54,160
6. John Havlicek 53,331
7. Reggie Miller 52,927
8. Gary Payton 52,599
9. Jason Kidd 52,386
10. Robert Parish 51,881
Most of the players are of a modern generation, which shouldn’t be a shock due to superior training, diet and surgery (knee injuries that ended your career before keep you out six weeks now).
One last thought — we forget how great Kareem was for how long. When you talk about the greatest players ever, he has to be in the conversation.
It’s an interesting list, go check it out.
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