As 1990s debutants Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce and Vince Carter continue to ply their trade in the NBA, the Daily Top 5 provides a rundown on the most durable players of all time.
TOP FIVE MOST NBA GAMES PLAYED
5. Kevin Garnett – 1,430 games
Currently in a record-equalling 21st season in the NBA, KG debuted for the Timberwolves in 1995 and returned to the franchise last year after six campaigns with Boston – including an elusive championship in 2008 – and two years with the fledgling Brooklyn Nets. A 15-time All-Star and MVP in 2004, the 39-year-old power forward/center is a modern NBA great.
4. Karl Malone – 1,476 games
‘The Mailman’ played 19 seasons for Utah Jazz from 1985-2003, before finishing his career with a season at the Lakers aged 40. MVP in 1997 and ’99, the revered power forward ranks second in NBA history for points scored (36,928) behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The 11-time All-NBA First Team selection – a record he shares with Kobe Bryant – played 193 playoff games but missed out on a championship ring.
3. John Stockton – 1,504 games
The diminutive point guard holds the unenviable record of playing the most games without winning an NBA championship. Named as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time to mark the league’s 50th anniversary in 1996 with long-time teammate Malone, the 6ft 1in Stockton played for the Jazz from 1984-2003, appearing in the ’03 playoffs as a 41-year-old. Stockton leads the NBA for all-time assists (15,086 at 10.5 per game) and steals (3,265 at 2.17 per game).
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – 1,560 games
One of the NBA’s most decorated players, the 7ft 2in center played 20 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-75) and Los Angles Lakers (1975-89), winning six championships in 1971, 1980, 1982, 1985 and 1987-88. He was a six-time NBA MVP and was named Finals MVP in ’71 and ’85. Among a horde of records he set which have since been broken, the man with the famous ‘skyhook’ is still the leading scorer in NBA history with 38,387.
1. Robert Parish – 1,611 games
Center Parish debuted for the Warriors in 1976, but he is best remembered in 00 jersey for Boston Celtics from 1980-94, helping the franchise to three championships. After a stint with Charlotte Hornets, the nine-time NBA All-Star claimed a fourth ring as part of the Chicago Bulls’ line-up in his farewell 1996-97 campaign – at the age of 43. The 7ft Parish broke Abdul-Jabbar’s records for most games and seasons played.