Trailing Jason Kidd by nine minutes on the NBA’s all-time minutes played list, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was set to make history during Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Nowitzki would move past Kidd during the second quarter, and he’s now in fourth place on the all-time minutes list. Kidd, formerly the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, played a total of 50,111 minutes in 19 NBA seasons. Nowitzki, who has played his entire NBA career in Dallas, is currently in his 20th season after being selected by the Mavericks with the ninth-overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. And he’s one of just two players selected in that draft who are still active NBA players, with the other being Sacramento Kings forward Vince Carter. Averaging 25.1 minutes per game in 2017-18, there’s a good chance that Nowitzki passes Kevin Garnett and moves into third in minutes played by season’s end provided he remains healthy. Nowitzki entered Friday’s game trailing Garnett (50,418 minutes played), who retired after the 2015-16 season, by 316 minutes.
Nowitzki passes Kidd to move into 4th on all-time minutes list
Fanrag Sports | Feb 24