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NBA Finals: Who is the all-time leader in career games played?

The Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics weren't only one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history. They were among the greatest ever in professional sports.

In a span of 13 seasons, from 1956 to 1969, they clinched 11 titles, including eight straight from 1959 to 1966.

Their anchor and pillar through all those championships, it's no surprise that Russell is at the top of the charts for most Finals games played in NBA history. The Hall of Famer is followed by another Celtics legend, his teammate Sam Jones.

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In fact, in the top 10, there are three other Celtics from that dynasty in Tom Heinsohn, John Havlicek and Frank Ramsay.

All-time leaders in games played in NBA Finals
Rank Player Finals series Finals games
1. Bill Russell 12 70
2. Sam Jones 11 64
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 10 56
4. Jerry West 8 55
T-4. LeBron James 10 55
6. Tom Heinsohn 9 52
7. Magic Johnson 9 50
8. John Havlicek 8 47
T-8. Frank Ramsay 8 47
10. Michael Cooper 8 46

Meanwhile, LeBron James, having competed in 10 Finals series, is the only active player who ranks in the top 10. The next active player is Andre Iguodala, who ranks at a distant 29th with 32 games played.

The only other active players in the top 50 are Stephen Curry (ranked 43rd with 28 games played), followed by Udonis Haslem, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, each of whom rank 47th with 27 games played.

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