LeBron has already played more minutes in his pro career than Larry Bird and Magic Johnson

LeBron has already played more minutes in his pro career than Larry Bird and Magic Johnson

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LeBron has already played more minutes in his pro career than Larry Bird and Magic Johnson

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LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird

Last season, LeBron James missed more than seven games (13 actually) for the first time in his NBA career and finished with his worst scoring average (25.3 ppg) since his rookie year.

Were those the first signs of decline for the four-time MVP? Time will tell, but if that’s the case no one should be surprised considering the mileage on his body.

At just 30, James has played more minutes in his pro career than many NBA legends. Combining minutes logged in the regular season, playoffs and FIBA competitions, he is already ahead of Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Jerry West, Clyde Drexler and Steve Nash, who played his last game at age 40. He will likely surpass Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and Oscar Robertson next season.

When compared to other players born in 1984, the numbers are even more staggering. King James, who played his first pro game two months away from his 19th birthday in 2003, has logged 10,682 minutes more than Carmelo Anthony, the second most used 84er.

With many years left in his career, LeBron has a chance of finishing No. 1 all-time in minutes played and is pretty much a mortal lock to end up in the Top 4.

MINUTES PLAYED: ALL-TIME LIST

Regular season Playoffs FIBA Total
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 57446 8851 0 66297
2. Karl Malone 54852 7907 278 63037
3. Jason Kidd 50111 6088 619 56818
4. Kobe Bryant 46774 8641 526 55941
5. Wilt Chamberlain 47859 7559 0 55418
-. Oscar Robertson 43886 3673 0 47559
-. Patrick Ewing 40594 5207 284 46085
-. Charles Barkley 39330 4849 276 44455
-. LeBron James 35769 7561 930 44260
-. Clyde Drexler 37537 5572 167 43276
-. Steve Nash 38069 4289 723 43081
-. Jerry West 36571 6321 0 42892
-. Larry Bird 34443 6886 144 41473
-. Allen Iverson 37584 3203 401 41188
-. Magic Johnson 33245 7538 108 40891
-. Isiah Thomas 35516 4216 0 39732

MINUTES PLAYED: PLAYERS BORN IN 1984

Regular season Playoffs FIBA Total
1. LeBron James 35769 7561 930 44260
2. Carmelo Anthony 30266 2579 733 33578
3. Chris Bosh 30158 3131 247 33536
4. Andre Iguodala 30104 2508 265 32877
5. Deron Williams 25102 2691 848 28641
6. Raymond Felton 23193 772 0 23965
7. Kendrick Perkins 16605 3369 0 19974
8. Andrew Bogut 17478 939 603 19020

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