On Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant set an NBA record by playing his 20th season with the same team, the Los Angeles Lakers. He broke the record he shared with John Stockton (19 years with the Utah Jazz).
Stockton, however, holds the NBA record for most games played for one team in a career. Stockton played 1,504 games in his 19-year NBA career, all with the Jazz. Second on the list is Reggie Miller who played 18 seasons and 1,389 games in the NBA, all with the Indiana Pacers.
Here’s a look at the NBA players who played the most games in their NBA career, all with one team/franchise.
John Stockton: 1,504 games with the Utah Jazz
Reggie Miller: 1,389 games with the Indiana Pacers
Tim Duncan: 1,331 games with the San Antonio Spurs (active)
Kobe Bryant: 1,280 games with the Los Angeles Lakers (active)
John Havlicek: 1,270 games with the Boston Celtics
Dirk Nowitzki: 1,265 games with the Dallas Mavericks (active)
Hal Greer: 1,122 games with the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers
Joe Dumars: 1,018 games with the Detroit Pistons
Tony Parker: 1,008 games with the San Antonio Spurs (active)
Calvin Murphy: 1,002 with the San Diego/Houston Rockets
In addition to the four players above who are still active in the league, there are four more active players who have played 600 or more games in their careers, all with the same team/franchise. They are: Manu Ginobili (865 games with San Antonio), Nick Collison (816 games with the Seattle Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder), Dwyane Wade (781 games with the Miami Heat) and Udonis Haslem (777 games with the Miami Heat).
Of the 30 NBA teams, 20 have had one or more player(s) that has played 800 or more games with the team (regardless of whether they played all those games with that team). Ten teams/franchises do not have any players that have played 800 career games.
Here’s a look at the teams with the most players that have played 800 or more games for the team (teams are listed by their current franchise city).
9: L.A. Lakers
4: Dallas, San Antonio
3: Detroit, Indiana, Oklahoma City, Utah
2: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Portland, Sacramento
1: Denver, Golden State, Minnesota, N.Y Knicks, Phoenix, Washington
0: Brooklyn, Charlotte, Cleveland, L.A. Clippers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, Toronto
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A handful of older players (age 35 or older) are on the rosters of the teams remaining in the NBA playoffs. In fact, a few of those players play predominant scoring roles for their teams, including Boston’s elder statesmen Kevin Garnett (he will turn 36 on May 19) and Ray Allen (age 36), and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (he just turned 36 in April). Could any of these three (or any other 35+ player) light up the scoreboard with 35 or more points at age 35-plus in this year’s playoffs?
Here’s a look at the players who have scored 35 or more points at age 35 (or older) in the last 25 playoffs (since 1986 playoffs).
Most playoff points by player 35 years of age and older (age), team, date
50: Karl Malone (36) Utah, 4/22/2000
41: Michael Jordan (35) Chicago, 5/19/98
41: Reggie Miller (35) Indiana, 4/24/2001
39: Michael Jordan (35) Chicago, 4/24/98
38: Michael Jordan (35) Chicago, 4/29/98
37: Michael Jordan (35) Chicago, 6/5/98
36: Alex English (35) Denver, 4/30/89
35: Michael Jordan (35) Chicago, 5/3/98
35: Michael Jordan (35) Chicago, 5/29/98
35: Reggie Miller (35) Indiana, 4/28/2001
If we drop the point total down to 30 points in a playoff game, here’s a look at the players age 35+ who scored 30 points or more in the most playoff games in the last 25 years.
Most playoff games (1986-2011) with 30+ points at age 35+, Player(s)
14: Michael Jordan
6: Reggie Miller
5: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone
1: Ray Allen, Charles Barkley, Sam Cassell, Alex English, Eddie Johnson, Kevin McHale, Steve Nash, Clifford Robinson
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