The head coach of any team, in any sport, is always tempted to play his best players the most—and the NBA is no exception.
Last year’s MVP Russell Westbrook is averaging 34.1 minutes per game this season, the second highest on Oklahoma after Paul George at 36.3. At Golden State, Kevin Durant edges the most time on the court with 34.3 minutes over Klay Thompson on 32.9 and Stephen Curry on 32.4.
Over in Boston, at the top of the Eastern Conference, the work is being shared out: Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart are all averaging between 30 and 31 minutes per game. But that’s not the case in Cleveland where everything’s clearly about one man: LeBron James.