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National Basketball Association all-time minutes leaders 1946-2021

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional basketball league in North America comprising 30 franchises, of which 29 are located in the United States and one in Canada (Toronto Raptors). The player with the highest number of minutes on the court is the six-time NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with more than 57 thousand minutes played during his career.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – one of the greats

  Born on April 16, 1947 in New York, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is considered one of the best players in NBA history. During his 20 seasons in the league, he won one league title with the Milwaukee Bucks, followed by five with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was also awarded a record six NBA Most Valuable Player titles and picked up two NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the holder of one of the most important records in the NBA, that of the number of total points scored in his career - 38,387. He has held this title since April 5, 1984, when he surpassed the previous record established by Wilt Chamberlain. He also sits in third place for the number of successful points in the playoffs. His total of 5,762 points was beaten in June 1998 by Michael Jordan in the Eastern Conference final, and again in May 2017 by LeBron James. During his career with the Milwaukee Bucks, Abdul-Jabbar became the team’s all-time rebounds leader with a total of 7,161 rebounds. He also holds the third highest number of rebounds in NBA history, with a total of 13,641 rebounds to his name.

The crowning of a new king?

   LeBron James is the all-time leading scorer in NBA playoff history. This is thanks to his 14 consecutive playoff appearances between 2004 and 2018 and a streak of eight straight NBA finals appearances from 2010 to 2018. In addition, LeBron is the only active player in the top ten list of NBA all-time minutes played. He established himself as a legend for the Cleveland Cavaliers, playing a total of 11 seasons for the franchise across two spells. Despite plying his trade for the Los Angeles Lakers since 2018, James leads the way in many important statistical categories for the Cavaliers, including points, assists, rebounds, steals, and games played. 

NBA all-time minutes leaders - total number of minutes played as of January 2021

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Release date

January 2021


North America, Canada, United States

Survey time period

as of January 2021

Special properties

minutes played in the regular season

Supplementary notes

* Active players

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