View Full Version : O.S.Q.O.T.D.: Which of today's players coudl handle the marathon NBA of the 60's/70's

03-08-2014, 11:04 AM
It is not secret that one of the reasons for the insane per-game averages back in the day, aside from the high number of possessions, was the fact that the guys back them commonly played 40+ minutes.

In the NBA today, there are few guys who break 38 minutes a game, and only a handful over the course of ten years who averaged 40+ minutes in a given season, and NONE who average that much over the course of several seasons.

Elgin Baylor (40 per game on his career), Oscar Robertson (42 minutes on his career) Wilt Chamberlain (46 per game on his career), and Bill Russell (42 per game for his career), among others, average 40 or more minutes per game for their entire careers. Others, like Jerry West, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and John Havlicek, posted multiple seasons of 40+ minutes, even fi their averages are only in the high-30's.

Todays' athletics are more muscular, and likely stronger on average, but who in today's game has the conditioning to not only play 42+ minutes for multiple season on end, but do so in a game that is faster and has far more possessions?

03-08-2014, 11:32 AM
A lot of todays bigs wouldn't with their foot injuries. In terms of playing every day, even guys like Wade would have trouble.
It's not really a mental thing as much as physical.

03-08-2014, 09:33 PM
Younger Kobe. Manimal.

03-08-2014, 10:10 PM
Iverson no doubt he lead the lg in minutes multiple seasons