Kobe Bryant and the Most Minutes Played in NBA Playoff History

Kobe Bryant (c.) Is Set To Become the NBA's All-Time Postseason Minutes Played Leader, Surpassing Kareem Abdul Jabbar (r.). Magic Johnson (l.) Also Ranks.

Kobe Bryant (c.) Is Set To Become the NBA’s All-Time Postseason Minutes Played Leader, Surpassing Kareem Abdul Jabbar (r.). Magic Johnson (l.) Also Ranks.

Kobe Bryant will one day be the all-time postseason minutes leader. It could happen this season, depending on the Los Angeles Lakers playoff chances (and how well they do if they make it).

As of this writing, the Lakers, saddled with injuries all season, cling to the eighth spot by just a half game.

Bryant is only 210 minutes away from the all-time leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Over the course of his career, Kobe has averaged nearly 40 (39.3) minutes per playoff game. So, it will take six average games for him to catch Kareem.

They, Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O’Neal are the four NBA players to log over 8,000 playoff minutes.

Tim Duncan, Derek Fisher and Jason Kidd (along with Bryant) are still adding to their tallies.

Playoff time = Hall of Fame apparently (most of the time). Everyone of these guys are Hall of Famers (or will be), except probably Fisher, Robert Horry and Horace Grant.

PLAYER MINUTES
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 8,851
2. Kobe Bryant 8,641
3. Scottie Pippen 8,105
4. Shaquille O’Neal 8,098
5. Karl Malone 7,907
6. Wilt Chamberlain 7,559
7. Magic Johnson 7,538
8. Bill Russell 7,497
9. Michael Jordan 7,474
10. Tim Duncan 7,415
11. Dennis Johnson 6,994
12. Larry Bird 6,886
13. John Havlicek 6,860
14. Robert Horry 6,823
15. John Stockton 6,398
16. Jerry West 6,321
17. Derek Fisher 6,296
18. Robert Parish 6,177
19. Horace Grant 6,172
20. Jason Kidd 5,841

Thanks to basketball-reference.com.

Photo: denstoredanske.dk

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Posted on April 4, 2013, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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