The NBA’s top five players this year in terms of playing time were not exactly the most popular names, but it’s worth noting that they had more playing time than most.
Here are the top five NBA players, in order of their playing time over the past five years.
Stephen Curry Stephen Curry averaged nearly 23 minutes per game this season for Golden State, a team that made the NBA Finals in 2016.
Curry was a key part of the Warriors’ success in the 2016 Finals, but he was also a major disappointment this season, averaging 17.4 minutes per contest.
He played a limited role in the Warriors success, averaging 3.8 points per game in the postseason.
He was replaced by Harrison Barnes and David Lee in 2017, but this season was Curry’s first full season with Barnes, who was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Kemba Walker Kemba was one of the most exciting players in the NBA this season.
He averaged 18.4 points per contest, which is more than five more points than his season average, and shot 44.7 percent from the field.
Walker is a former NBA All-Star who is still making a case for a spot in the All-NBA First Team.
He has played in three NBA Finals, and won MVP in 2015 for the Houston Rockets.
DeMarcus Cousins DeMarcus had a breakout season for the Sacramento Kings, averaging 21.5 points per 100 possessions and shooting 58.7% from the floor.
Cousins has had a career year in the playoffs for the Kings, scoring 31.3 points per playoff game, which leads all NBA players.
Damian Lillard Damian Lampard had a phenomenal season for Portland, averaging 22.3 minutes per games, and playing a role in a championship run for the Blazers.
Lampards production has dipped off in the post-season, averaging just 9.9 points per games.
LeBron James The Cleveland Cavaliers have been the most dominant team in the Eastern Conference this season with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving leading the way.
James led the Cavs in scoring and assists, while Irving and Kyri also led the way in scoring.
James is averaging a career-high 28.2 points per season, and the Cavaliers are just 2-0 this season without him.
Pau Gasol Pau Gasoline was a huge part of a dominant Spurs’ season in 2016, averaging 23.6 points per and shooting 62.4% from beyond the arc.
Gasol has been a key player for the Los Angeles Lakers this season as well, averaging 14.8 rebounds per game.
Kawhi Leonard Kawhi had a strong first year in San Antonio, averaging 16.5 minutes per night and scoring 18.6 ppg.
Leonard is averaging 14 points per postseason game, his best total since joining the Spurs in 2015.
Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Thomas averaged 19.4 ppg and 6.9 assists per game for the Celtics this season and will make his first All-Stars game this weekend.
Thomas will be a member of the All