Hall of Famer and four-time NBA Champion Robert Parish sits atop the leaderboard for the most regular-season games played in NBA history.
Parish's 1,611 games were spread over a 21-year career from 1976 to 1997, during which he represented four NBA franchises in the Golden State Warriors (1976-1980), Boston Celtics (1980-1994), Charlotte Hornets (1994-96) and Chicago Bulls (1996-97).
His most successful stint was with the Celtics, a franchise with which he received all of his nine All-Star selections and two All-NBA selections (Second Team and Third Team). Three of his four titles came with the Boston franchise (1981, 1984 and 1986) while the fourth came with the Bulls in 1997.
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Drafted eighth overall in the 1976 NBA Draft by the Warriors, Parish surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's tally for most games played (1,560) on Apr. 6 in 1996 as a member of the Hornets.
Here's a look at the top 10 players to have played the most regular season games in NBA history:
|Player||Games Played||Playing career|
|1.||Robert Parish||1,611||1976 - 1997|
|2.||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||1,560||1969 - 1989|
|3.||Vince Carter||1,541||1998 - 2020|
|4.||Dirk Nowitzki||1,522||1998 - 2019|
|5.||John Stockton||1,504||1984 - 2003|
|6.||Karl Malone||1,476||1985 - 2004|
|7.||Kevin Garnett||1,462||1995 - 2016|
|8.||Kevin Willis||1,424||1984 - 2007|
|9.||Jason Terry||1,410||1999 - 2018|
|10.||Tim Duncan||1,392||1997 - 2016|
Leading into the 2021-22 NBA season, LeBron James is the highest-ranked active player at 19th overall with 1,310 games played.
If James were to play in every regular-season game during the remainder of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, which ends in 2023, the King would not only enter the Top 10 of this category but rise as high as seventh with 1,474 games played.
After James, the next highest-ranked active players in the Top 50 are Andre Iguodala (1,192; 46th), Carmelo Anthony (1,191; 47th) and Dwight Howard (1,182; 50th).
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