Top 5 NBA Players With Most Playoff Minutes

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LeBron James seeing action against the Philadelphia 76ers during an NBA game in January 2016.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Dec 05, 2023, 1:54 AM
  • Here’s a list of the top five NBA players with the most minutes played in the playoffs.
  • LeBron James leads the list with 11,654.
  • James is the only active player on the list.

The leader of NBA players with the most playoff minutes is LeBron James, with 11,654. “The King” played for three teams so far in his career and produced playoff averages of 28.5 points, nine rebounds, and 7.2 assists in 282 games. This is the primary reason the teams James has played for are instant favorites in NBA odds.

Following James on the list is San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan, who had 9,370. The “Big Fundamental” became the solid presence of the team during his time with the Spurs and amassed career playoff numbers of 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, and three assists. Duncan appeared in 18 postseason runs and played 251 games. These stats have helped Duncan and the Spurs win five NBA titles in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is another big man who sits in the No. 3 spot with the most minutes played in the postseason, with 8,851. His playoff career stats include a double-double of 24.3 points and 10.5 rebounds, along with 3.2 assists and 2.4 blocks per game. Abdul-Jabbar suited up for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers as he led them to the promised land (one with the Bucks and five with the Lakers).

Kobe Bryant and Scottie Pippen complete the top-five list with 8,641 minutes and 8,105 minutes played during their playoff campaigns. Bryant appeared in 220 games and accumulated 25.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.7 assists, and Pippen appeared in 208 games, where he put up 17.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, and five assists. Bryant spent all his playing years with the Lakers and helped them win five championships, while Pippen played for three teams — the Bulls, Rockets, and Blazers.

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

NBA Players With Most Playoff Minutes

Rank Player Playoff Minutes Played
1LeBron James11,654
2Tim Duncan9,370
3Kareem Abdul-Jabbar8,851
4Kobe Bryant8,641
5Scottie Pippen8,105

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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.