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NBA Playoffs: Players with the most postseason games played in NBA history

Legacies are written and careers are made in the NBA Playoffs. Despite all the regular season accolades, every NBA player (past, present, and future) longs for postseason success.

Barring a few exceptions, repeated appearances in the postseason on good teams do eventually bring a player with great temperament a championship or two, or even more.

So, it should be no surprise that LeBron James, for whom his most recent championship in 2020 was his ninth Finals series in 10 years, including eight straight from 2011 to 2018.

Three-time NBA Champion, James is the only active player in the top 10 of this list. Game 6 of the first-round series against the Phoenix Suns of the 2021 postseason was his 266th career postseason game.

Here's a look at the top 10 players on the most postseason games played list:

Rank Player Games Played
1. LeBron James 266
2. Derek Fisher 259
3. Tim Duncan 251
4. Robert Horry 244
5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 237
6. Tony Parker 226
7. Kobe Bryant 220
8. Manu Ginobili 218
9. Shaquille O'Neal 216
10. Scottie Pippen 208

Fisher, a five-time NBA Champion who made the playoffs in all but two seasons of his 18-year NBA career, tops the charts with 259 playoff games, 193 of which came as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2004; 2007-11). In the remaining 66 games, he represented the Oklahoma City Thunder (2011-14) in 50 while in the other 16, he was donning a Utah Jazz uniform (2006-07).

On the other hand, all of Duncan's 251 games in the postseason came while wearing the San Antonio Spurs jersey over a 19-year span (1997-2016).

The second active player on this leaderboard is Andre Iguodala, who ranks a tied 23rd with 170th postseason appearance.

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