- Load management is a very real thing in the NBA.
- Only 11 of approximately 500 players didn’t miss a game.
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In the age of load management, it seems like there is always somebody sitting out in the NBA. Whether it be to rest a hamstring, or just because he needs a night off, players like LeBron James, James Harden and the likes are often times on the bench. There is nothing wrong with it, and that’s just the name of the game these days. However, there are 11 players who just don’t buy into it.
2021 NBA Ironman Honors:
Because of the COVID-19 delayed “bubble season” in 2019/20, the 2020/21 NBA calendar year came to a close at 72 games on May 16. Of the approximately 500 rostered athletes across 30 teams throughout the course of the regular season, only a select 2% are built different and saw the court in every game.
Here is the complete list of players who did not miss a single game in 2020/21:
- Nikola Jokíc — C, Denver Nuggets — 26 Years Old
- Bojan Bogdanović — SG, Phoenix Suns — 28 Years Old
- Mikal Bridges — SF, Phoenix Suns — 24 Years Old
- R.J. Barrett — SG, New York Knicks — 20 Years Old
- Anthony Edwards — SG, Minnesota Timberwolves — 19 Years Old
- Justin Holiday — SG/SF, Indiana Pacers — 32 (!!) Years Old
- Georges Niang — PF, Utah Jazz — 27 Years Old
- Enes Kanter — C, Portland Trail Blazers — 28 Years Old
- Dwayne Bacon — SG, Orlando Magic — 25 Years Old
- Duncan Robinson — SG/SF, Miami Heat — 27 Years Old
- Ivica Zubac — C, Los Angeles Clippers — 24 Years Old
Such an underrated achievement in this era 🔥 Congratulations to the 11 Ironmen of the NBA:
• Nikola Jokic
• Bojan Bogdanovic
• Mikal Bridges
• RJ Barrett
• Anthony Edwards
• Justin Holiday
• Georges Niang
• Enes Kanter
• Dwayne Bacon
• Duncan Robinson
• Ivica Zubac pic.twitter.com/3bGyRdDNco
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 19, 2021
Trends and Shoutouts.
The breakdown is really interesting. Not a single point guard played all 72 games and only one power forward was crowned an Ironman. There is likely no rhyme or reason there, but it is a trend to note nonetheless.
Big shoutout to Justin Holiday. Neither of his two brothers played in every single game and he was the only player in the entire NBA over the age of 30 to earn this title. Respect.
No. Days. Off.