The topic of resting players once again came to the forefront of the NBA's news cycle recently, after the Warriors and Cavaliers each sat healthy stars in nationally televised Saturday games in consecutive weeks. The league's broadcast rights holders obviously weren't happy with this turn of events, and Adam Silver stepped in, issuing a warning to team owners that there would be "significant penalties" if franchises continued the practice without giving the required amount of notice.
But while some players like LeBron James take time off to rest due to the decisions of their organizations, others (like Tristan Thompson) are ironmen for their respective teams, appearing in almost every single game.
Here's a look at players who have appeared in at least 230 games from the beginning of the 2015 season through Sunday night's contests. Why since 2015? Well, that's when LeBron returned to Cleveland, and according to him, he's the only reason the league cares about this in the first place.
Most teams have played around 236 games since LeBron arrived in Clevelend, so making this cut took some dedication to staying on the floor.
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Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors -- 230 games
Curry hit 230 Sunday night against the Grizzlies. The reigning two-time MVP missed just three games last year and two in 2015.
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Joe Johnson, SG, Utah Jazz -- 230
The 35-year-old seven-time NBA All-Star makes the list despite playing for three different teams (Brooklyn, Miami and Utah) during this span.
Cory Joseph, SG, Toronto Raptors -- 230
It isn't surprising to see role players like Joseph sprinkled throughout this list. They don't typically play enough minutes to where they need to take time off, and even if they did sit out, fans aren't paying to see these guys, so it wouldn't really be an issue.
Marcin Gortat, C, Washington Wizards -- 230
Not only does Gortat play in the vast majority of his team's games, but the 33-year-old produces at a high level while doing so. He's averaging a career-best 10.8 rebounds in his 10th NBA season. Most big men aren't nearly as durable.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Milwaukee Bucks --233
Milwaukee's budding star is in just his fourth NBA season and has already proven he can handle a heavy work oad. He missed just two games last year and one the year before and is averaging more than 35 minutes per game this year for the second consecutive season.
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DeAndre Jordan, C, L.A. Clippers -- 233
Jordan played all 82 in 2015, then missed five games last year and just one so far this season. He's on track to lead the league in field goal percentage for a sixth consecutive season.
Joe Ingles, SF, Utah Jazz -- 233
The 29-year-old Australian is in just his third NBA season, but he's already become a fan favorite in Utah and is hitting 43.2 percent of his threes in 23.2 minutes per game this year.
P.J. Tucker, SF, Toronto Raptors -- 233
Tucker made a name for himself as a physical defender with relentless hustle while playing for the Suns the last four years, but the 31-year-old was traded to the Raptors at the deadline because the youth movement is in full effect in Phoenix.
Marcus Morris, SF, Detroit Pistons -- 233
Morris missed two games last year and one the year before and has had to skip only one to this point of the season. He's averaging 14 points per game in 32.9 minutes per contest this year.
Corey Brewer, SF, Los Angeles Lakers -- 235
Brewer missed just two games in 2015 despite playing for two different teams and is on track to do something similar this season. The 31-year-old was dealt from Houston to L.A. near the trade deadline in exchange for super-sub Lou Williams as tanking became the late-season priority for the Lakers.
Andre Drummond, C, Detroit Pistons -- 235
Drummond falls into the young guy category like some others on this list, but he also doesn't play as many minutes. The 23-year-old has missed only one game over the past three seasons, while leading the league in rebounding last year playing just 32.9 minutes per contest.
Andrew Wiggins, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves -- 235
Young guys don't need any more rest than the schedule provides, and the 22-year-old Wiggins is a great example of that. He's missed just one game over his first three NBA seasons and is averaging a career-best 23.1 points in 37.2 minutes per contest this year.
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Mason Plumlee, C, Denver Nuggets -- 236
Plumlee is playing for his third NBA team in his fourth season in the league but manages to get playing time everywhere he goes. After beginning the season in Portland, he was sent to Denver in a trade for Jusuf Nurkic, and he's now averaging 24.6 minutes per contest with the Nuggets.
Trevor Ariza, SF, Houston Rockets -- 236
Ariza has bounced around the league in 13 NBA seasons, but he seems to have found a home in Houston. He's now in his third year as a starter for the Rockets and has missed only one game during that span while averaging more than 35 minutes per contest.
James Harden, PG, Houston Rockets -- 236
Harden's durability is impressive given how much his team relies on his production. He played all 82 last season while leading the league with 38.1 minutes per game and is averaging a career-best 29.5 points and a league-leading 11.3 assists while playing a little less (36.5 minutes per game) this season.
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Tristan Thompson, C, Cleveland Cavaliers --236
Thompson is the only player to have played in every single game possible since 2015. He doesn't play a ton of minutes like some others, but he's relied upon to rebound and to anchor the defense inside.
When the entire subject of resting players blew up again after LeBron was a late scratch for a nationally televised game against the Clippers, it was ironic that the man who has played more games than anyone else the last three years just happens to also play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.