LeBron James Becomes Oldest Player to Lead NBA in Total Minutes

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) motions to teammates during an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Monday, April 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Add another accomplishment to LeBron James' incredible career.

James, who turned 33 years old in December, became the oldest player in NBA history to lead the league in total minutes played for a season, as CBS Sports noted during Wednesday's game against the New York Knicks:

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Nobody in the NBA played more than LeBron this season. https://t.co/A4OXx9CIpy

Just by taking the court in the contest, James also ensured he would play in all 82 games in a campaign for the first time in his career as well.

James resume includes four league MVPs, three championships, 13 All-NBA selections and six All-Defensive selections, but this statistic is a testament to his durability in a season in which Cleveland needed him on the floor.

The Cavaliers' roster was a revolving door at times this season, as they traded away Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert and acquired George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson. James was the stabilizing force, especially when Kevin Love was out because of injury.

Cleveland will be the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the Philadelphia 76ers handling the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, meaning James will have an uphill battle to reach his eighth straight NBA Finals.

His team wouldn't have home-court advantage in a potential series with the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics or 76ers.

However, James is a dynamic force who can take over a series at a moment's notice with his individual brilliance. If a 33-year-old playing in his 15th season can lead the league in total minutes as an MVP candidate, he can lead the Cavaliers to the Finals from the No. 4 seed.


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