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List of National Basketball Association career minutes played leaders

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This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season leaders in minutes played.
A progressive list of leaders, and records for minutes played showing how the record has increased through the years.[1]

Minutes played leaders[edit]

This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season leaders in minutes played.[2]

Statistics accurate as of November 5, 2018.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]
§ 1st time eligible for Hall of Fame in 2019[4]
Rank Player Minutes
1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar* 57,446
2 Karl Malone* 54,852
3 Dirk Nowitzki^ 50,573
4 Kevin Garnett 50,418
5 Jason Kidd* 50,111
6 Elvin Hayes* 50,000
7 Kobe Bryant 48,637
8 Wilt Chamberlain* 47,859
9 John Stockton* 47,764
10 Reggie Miller* 47,619
11 Tim Duncan 47,368
12 Gary Payton* 47,117
13 John Havlicek* 46,471
14 Ray Allen* 46,344
15 Paul Pierce 45,880
16 Robert Parish* 45,704
17 Moses Malone* 45,071
18 LeBron James^ 44,649
19 Vince Carter^ 44,345
20 Joe Johnson^ 44,234
21 Hakeem Olajuwon* 44,222
22 Oscar Robertson* 43,886
23 Clifford Robinson 42,561
24 Buck Williams 42,464
25 Jason Terry^ 42,034
26 Shaquille O'Neal* 41,918
27 Scottie Pippen* 41,069
28 Michael Jordan* 41,011
29 Pau Gasol^ 40,798
30 Bill Russell* 40,726
31 Patrick Ewing* 40,594
32 Charles Oakley 40,280
33 Andre Miller 40,268
34 Shawn Marion§ 40,097
35 Otis Thorpe 39,822
36 Hal Greer* 39,788
37 Charles Barkley* 39,330
38 Mark Jackson 39,121
39 Walt Bellamy* 38,940
40 Horace Grant 38,621
41 Kevin Willis 38,362
42 Dominique Wilkins* 38,113
43 Carmelo Anthony^ 38,109
44 Steve Nash* 38,069
45 Lenny Wilkens* 38,064
46 Alex English* 38,063
47 Michael Finley 37,996
48 Jamal Crawford^ 37,853
49 Derek Harper 37,786
50 Antawn Jamison 37,638

Progressive list for minutes played[edit]

This is a progressive list of leaders and records for minutes played showing how the record has increased through the years.[1]

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2017–18 NBA season on April 11, 2018.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[3]
Team abbreviations Team(s) listed is the one player was on when he established the record.
ATL Atlanta Hawks DET Detroit Pistons NJN New Jersey Nets SAC Sacramento Kings
BOS Boston Celtics FTW Fort Wayne Pistons NOJ New Orleans Jazz SAS San Antonio Spurs
BRK Brooklyn Nets GSW Golden State Warriors NYK New York Knicks SFW San Francisco Warriors
BUF Buffalo Braves HOU Houston Rockets OKC Oklahoma City Thunder STL St. Louis Hawks
CAP Capital Bullets IND Indiana Pacers ORL Orlando Magic SYR Syracuse Nationals
CHH Charlotte Hornets KCO Kansas City-Omaha Kings PHI Philadelphia 76ers UTA Utah Jazz
CHI Chicago Bulls LAL Los Angeles Lakers PHO Phoenix Suns WAS Washington Wizards
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers MIA Miami Heat PHW Philadelphia Warriors WSB Washington Bullets
DAL Dallas Mavericks MIL Milwaukee Bucks POR Portland Trail Blazers
DEN Denver Nuggets MIN Minnesota Timberwolves SAC Sacramento Kings
Minutes played leader at the end of every season
Season Year-by-year leader MP Active player leader MP Career record MP Single-season record MP Season
1951–52 Paul Arizin*000PHW 2,939 Paul Arizin*000PHW 2,939 Paul Arizin*000PHW 2,939 Paul Arizin*000PHW 2,939 1951–52
1952–53 Neil Johnston*000PHW 3,166 Bob Cousy*000BOS 5,626 Bob Cousy*000BOS 5,626 Neil Johnston*000PHW 3,166 1952–53
1953–54 3,296 8,483 8,483 3,296 1953–54
1954–55 Paul Arizin*000PHW 2,953 Mel Hutchins000FTW 11,303 Mel Hutchins000FTW 11,303 1954–55
1955–56 Jack George000PHW 2,840 Bob Cousy*000BOS 13,997 Bob Cousy*000BOS 13,997 1955–56
1956–57 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 2,851 16,361 16,361 1956–57
1957–58 2,918 18,583 18,583 1957–58
1958–59 Bill Russell*000BOS 2,979 20,986 20,986 1958–59
1959–60 Gene Shue000DET 3,338 23,574 23,574 Gene Shue000DET 3,338 1959–60
1960–61 Wilt Chamberlain*
000PHW 1959-62
000SFW 1962-64
3,773 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 26,532 Dolph Schayes*000SYR 26,532 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHW 3,773 1960–61
1961–62 3,882 Bob Cousy*000BOS 28,156 Bob Cousy*000BOS 28,156 3,882 1961–62
1962–63 3,806 30,131 30,131 1962–63
1963–64 3,689 Dolph Schayes*000PHI 29,800 1963–64
1964–65 Bill Russell*000BOS 3,466 Bob Pettit*000STL 30,690 Bob Pettit*000STL 30,690 1964–65
1965–66 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHI 3,737 Bill Russell*000BOS 31,185 Bill Russell*000BOS 31,185 1965–66
1966–67 3,682 34,482 34,482 1966–67
1967–68 3,836 37,435 37,435 1967–68
1968–69 Elvin Hayes*000SDR 3,695 40,726 40,726 1968–69
1969–70 3,665 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 37,218 1969–70
1970–71 John Havlicek*000BOS 3,678 40,848 Wilt Chamberlain*000LAL 40,848 1970–71
1971–72 3,698 44,317 44,317 1971–72
1972–73 Tiny Archibald*000KCO 3,681 47,859 47,859 1972–73
1973–74 Elvin Hayes*000CAP 3,602 Oscar Robertson*000MIL 43,886 1973–74
1974–75 Bob McAdoo*000BUF 3,539 Walt Bellamy*000NOJ 38,940 1974–75
1975–76 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 3,379 John Havlicek*000BOS 40,761 1975–76
1976–77 Elvin Hayes*000WSB 3,364 43,674 1976–77
1977–78 Truck Robinson000NOJ 3,638 46,471 1977–78
1978–79 Moses Malone*000HOU 3,390 Elvin Hayes*
000WSB 1978-81
000HOU 1981-84
37,558 1978–79
1979–80 Norm Nixon000LAL 3,226 40,741 1979–80
1980–81 Adrian Dantley*000UTA 3,417 43,672 1980–81
1981–82 Moses Malone*000HOU 3,398 46,704 1981–82
1982–83 Isiah Thomas*000DET 3,093 49,006 Elvin Hayes*000HOU 49,006 1982–83
1983–84 Jeff Ruland000WSB 3,082 50,000 50,000 1983–84
1984–85 Buck Williams000NJN 3,182 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*
000LAL
48,373 1984–85
1985–86 Maurice Cheeks*000PHI 3,270 51,002 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar*000LAL 51,002 1985–86
1986–87 Michael Jordan*000CHI 3,281 53,443 53,443 1986–87
1987–88 3,311 55,751 55,751 1987–88
1988–89 3,255 57,446 57,446 1988–89
1989–90 Rodney McCray000SAC 3,238 Moses Malone*
000ATL 1989-91
000MIL 1991-93
000PHI 1993–94
000SAS 1994–95
39,777 1989–90
1990–91 Chris Mullin*000GSW 3,315 41,689 1990–91
1991–92 3,346 44,200 1991–92
1992–93 Larry Johnson000CHH 3,323 44,304 1992–93
1993–94 Latrell Sprewell000GSW 3,533 44,922 1993–94
1994–95 Vin Baker000MIL 3,361 45,071 1994–95
1995–96 Anthony Mason000NYK 3,457 Robert Parish*
000CHH 1995–96
000CHI 1996-97
45,298 1995–96
1996–97 Glen Rice000CHH 3,362 45,704 1996–97
1997–98 Michael Finley000DAL 3,394 Buck Williams000NYK 42,464 1997–98
1998–99 Jason Kidd*000PHO 2,060 Karl Malone*
000UTA 1998-2003
000LAL 2003–04
41,661 1998–99
1999–00 Michael Finley000DAL 3,464 44,608 1999–00
2000–01 3,443 47,503 2000–01
2001–02 Antoine Walker000BOS 3,406 50,543 2001–02
2002–03 Allen Iverson*000PHI 3,485 53,479 2002–03
2003–04 Joe Johnson^000PHO 3,331 54,852 2003–04
2004–05 LeBron James^000CLE 3,388 Reggie Miller*000IND 47,619 2004–05
2005–06 Gilbert Arenas000WAS 3,384 Gary Payton*000MIA 45,614 2005–06
2006–07 LeBron James^000CLE 3,190 47,117 2006–07
2007–08 Allen Iverson*000DEN 3,424 Jason Kidd*
000NJN 2007–08
000DAL 2008–12
000NYK 2012–13
38,269 2007–08
2008–09 Andre Iguodala^000PHI 3,269 41,155 2008–09
2009–10 Kevin Durant^000OKC 3,239 44,036 2009–10
2010–11 Monta Ellis000GSW 3,227 46,689 2010–11
2011–12 Kevin Durant^000OKC 2,546 48,068 2011–12
2012–13 Damian Lillard^000POR 3,167 50,111 2012–13
2013–14 Kevin Durant^000OKC 3,122 Kevin Garnett
000BRK 2013–15
000MIN 2015–16
48,910 2013–14
2014–15 James Harden^000HOU 2,981 49,862 2014–15
2015–16 3,125 50,418 2015–16
2016–17 Andrew Wiggins^000MIN 3,048 Dirk Nowitzki^000DAL 48,673 2016–17
2017–18 LeBron James^000CLE 3,026 50,573 2017–18
Season Year-by-year leader MP Active player leader MP Career record MP Single-season record MP Season


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Minutes Played". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "NBA & ABA Career Leaders and Records for Minutes Played". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  3. ^ a b A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for three calendar years.
  4. ^ "2019 Hall of Fame Candidates". Retrieved August 18, 2018.

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