Iron Man

December 16, 2013 9:50 am PST

Mike Trudell HeaderMike Trudell Lakers Reporter Header

With his 32-minutes against Atlanta on Monday evening, Kobe Bryant has been on an NBA basketball court for more time than all but four players in the history of basketball.

When you combine his 45,534 regular season minutes and his 8,641 playoff minutes, Bryant has played 54,175 in his 18 seasons, the fifth-most in history, surpassing Hall of Famers Elvin Hayes (54,160) and John Stockton (54,162).

ALL-TIME NBA COMBINED REGULAR SEASON AND PLAYOFF MINUTES LEADERS

  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 66,297
  2. Karl Malone: 62,759
  3. Jason Kidd: 56,199
  4. Wilt Chamberlain: 55,418
  5. Kobe Bryant: 54,175
  6. John Stockton: 54,162
  7. Elvin Hayes: 54,160
  8. John Havlicek: 53,331
  9. Kevin Garnett: 53,302
  10. Reggie Miller: 52,927

In terms of regular season minutes, Bryant’s 12th all-time with 45,534, and Kevin Garnett (48,209, fifth) is the only active player ahead of him.

In playoff minutes, Bryant ranks second with 8,641, behind only the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 8,851.

The numbers speak both to his greatness and skill level to still be able to perform through so many years of wear and tear, and his toughness in playing through countless injuries, none more difficult than the Achilles tear from which he just returned.