NBA Players With Most Playoff Games

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LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in action against the Washington Wizards during a game on February 6, 2017.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Nov 20, 2023, 10:17 PM
  • Here’s a list of the top five NBA players with the most games played in the playoffs.
  • LeBron James leads the list with 282.
  • James is the only active player on the list.

LeBron James leads the NBA in most playoff games played with 282. The four-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP has played for three teams — the Cavaliers, Heat, and Lakers, where he has won a title on each team of those teams; this is also why he is a constant favorite to win MVP in NBA odds throughout his career. “The King” has playoff career averages of 28.5 points, 9 rebounds, and 7.2 assists.

Second on the list in this category is the ever-reliable point guard Derek Fisher who appeared in 259 games for three teams (Lakers, Jazz, and Thunder). Because of his solid role as a playmaker, the first-round pick in the 1996 draft captured five NBA titles with the Lakers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010. Fisher’s playoff career averages were 8.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists.

Like Fisher, Tim Duncan won five NBA titles during his career, but he played eight fewer games at 251. Also, “The Big Fundamental” played his entire 19-year career with San Antonio since being drafted as the No. 1 pick in the 1997 draft. Alongside his five rings, Duncan amassed postseason career numbers of 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.

Sitting fourth and fifth in this category of NBA players with the most playoff games played were Robert Horry with 244 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 237. Horry and Abdul-Jabbar were winners, collecting seven and six rings, respectively. “ The Big A” had better career averages than “Big Shot Rob,” with 24.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.

Below is a table of the top 10 NBA players with the most playoff games. Note that these numbers are as of the 2021-22 season.

NBA Players With Most Playoff Games

RankPlayerTotal Playoff Games Played
1LeBron James282
2Derek Fisher259
3Tim Duncan251
4Robert Horry244
5Kareem Abdul-Jabbar237
6Tony Parker226
7Kobe Bryant220
8Manu Ginobili218
9Shaquille O’Neal216
10Scottie Pippen208

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.