Before Stephen Curry started exhibited over-worldly powers from three-point range, LeBron James was commonly regarded as the best basketball player on the planet.
In many eyes, he still might be. James is undoubtedly one of the most well-rounded players in the game today and he continues to stuff the stat sheets in multiple columns each night.
James is third on the all-time triple-doubles list behind Jason Kidd and Magic Johnson and can also boast that no other forward has laid on more assists than him in the history of the NBA.
He is also the leading scorer in Cleveland Cavaliers franchise history, but to do all of that, does his body pay a price?
A statistic, courtesy of the Business Insider, shows that no NBA star has played more minutes since 2010 that LeBron. In fact, James is a cool 2,508 minutes ahead of his next competitor, James Harden.
Kevin Durant, like Harden, has racked up over 18,000 minutes on the hardwood since the turn of the decade and he weighs in at third. Surprisingly, the next two players are Monta Ellis and Joe Johnson, followed by Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, DeMar DeRozan, Luol Deng and Marc Gasol to close out the top 10.
The difference between Gasol in tenth and James in first is 4,579 minutes. Here's some quick maths: seeing as there is 48 minutes in a game, and James has averaged 35.6 minutes an outing this season, by those rough numbers, the small forward has played just under 129 more games than Gasol over that period. That's full regular season and a half.
That just shows how durable James has been and why he's remained such a constant in the league. Showing Gary Payton levels of fitness is one thing, but it's often overlooked how hard it is to stay at an exceptional level and keep your body in functioning order.
Take the NBA Finals last year, for example. Had Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love enjoyed the same resilience as King James, maybe the Cavaliers would have been the 2015 NBA champions.
Nobody can say that for sure, but the two-time NBA champion, who is looking to head to his six straight finals and seventh of his career, believes the one of the Warriors' primary assets is their ability to stay healthy.
"I think it comes with a lot of health," James told ESPN back in November. "They've been healthy. They've been the most healthy team I've ever seen in NBA history, and they have great talent. Those guys all play for one common goal and that's to win, and that's all that matters."
Despite intermittent flaring of some back issues, James has done exceptionally well to keep some much-needed tread on his tyres at the age of 31. The hometown boy is expected to lead the charge for a championship in Cleveland if his recent form is anything to go by, he's ready to deliver.
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