Player health in the NBA is one of the most important factors when it comes to contract discussions when a player is a free agent — or about to be — so it’s no wonder players spend hundred of thousand’s of dollars, even millions, to keep their bodies in tip-top shape.
All you need to do is look at Derrick Rose. Once the youngest MVP in NBA history, only a mere seven years later, no team in the league wants to sign Rose to anything more than a 10-day contract due to his immense injury history which has pretty much derailed his career.
On the other end of the spectrum is LeBron James, who has rarely been injured over the course of his 15-year career, and reportedly spends millions of dollars a year to prevent injuries.
Today, we’re going to take a look at 10 NBA superstars and the number of games they’ve missed over the past five years of their career, and the results may surprise you.
10. Kevin Durant – 87 Games
9. Kyrie Irving – 80 Games
8. Anthony Davis – 75 Games
7. Kawhi Leonard – 74 Games
6. DeMarcus Cousins – 68 Games
5. Chris Paul – 61 Games
4. Russell Westbrook – 54 Games
3. LeBron James – 38 Games
2. Stephen Curry – 16 Games
1. James Harden – 15 Games