The NBA’s regular season is extremely important, but the playoffs are the real deal, what matters the most; and what takes apart the average players from the superstars that can lead their teams to the highest of levels.
Making the playoffs depends on a lot of factors, such as team effort, a capable coaching staff, health and even a bit of luck, so achieving that stage of the season on every single season it’s something just a handful of players have been able to do.
Today, we’re going to talk about those players that have never missed the postseason, either because they’ve found themselves on winning teams, because they played a huge role on that happening, or just because they were lucky enough to do so.
Condition: Minimum 5 consecutive appearances in the NBA Playoffs.
Manu Ginobili didn't play in the 2008/09 NBA Playoffs because of the injury.
Kawhi Leonard didn't play in the 2018 NBA Playoffs so far, so he will be not on this list.
Klay Thompson missed 2011-12 NBA Playoffs.
6. Draymond Green
Yeah, he is the only member of the Golden State Warriors who never missed NBA Playoffs in the career.
He is one of the best defenders in the NBA, and he already won 2 NBA Championships.
Although he missed Game 5 when Cavs won 2016 NBA Championship, he is the only player who didn't play the whole series when Golden State Warriors lost after 3-1 in the Finals.
5. James Harden
James Harden has made it to the playoffs in all of his 9-year career, 3 with the Oklahoma City Thunder (where he even made it to the NBA Finals but lost against the Miami Heat), and now 6 straight times as the Houston Rockets go-to-guy.
This year Harden is up to a huge task, as he’s been known for choking during the playoffs throughout his entire career, but after leading the Rockets to the best record in basketball and being a clear frontrunner to win the MVP award, he’s got to prove that he has what it takes to lead Houston to another Championship.
4. Patty Mills
The San Antonio Spurs combo guard has made it to the playoffs in 9 consecutive seasons, 2 with the Portland Trail Blazers and 7 under Gregg Popovich’s command, having a bigger role as seasons go by as their main offensive spark off the bench.
Mills has improved a lot as years go by as a ball handler, but obviously he’s at his best when he plays off the ball, and his lights out shooting from three-point territory has been a great aid for a Spurs team that lacks a consistent stroke from beyond the arc.
3. Jeff Teague
Jeff Teague has always been a second-tier point guard and has lacked the kind of consistency to take the next step on his career, but he’s always found ways to put himself on winning positions throughout his 9 season NBA tenure.
As a matter of fact, he’s even a part of the Timberwolves team that ended a league-leading 14 year postseason drought, also reaching the playoffs during his 1 year Pacers stint after making it 7 seasons in a row with the Atlanta Hawks.
2. JJ Redick
JJ Redick has always been one of the best shooting guards in the league, at least when it comes to three-point shooting, although he’s never gotten the recognition and praise he deserves for his consistency.
And one of Redick’s biggest signs of consistency is the fact that he’s never failed to reach the playoffs, as he made it 6 times during his Orlando Magic tenure, 1 with the Milwaukee Bucks, 4 with the Los Angeles Clippers and now with the Sixers, for a total of 12 playoffs appearances.
1. Tony Parker
The San Antonio Spurs have made the playoffs in 20 consecutive seasons, and with Tony Parker spending his entire NBA career with the Spurs, obviously he’s never missed a trip to the postseason.
Moreover, Parker has been one of the main reasons why San Antonio has been such a great 2 decade dynasty, making it to 17 straight playoffs and constantly peaking when it matters the most as one of the most talented and smartest point guards in the history of the game.