DeMar DeRozan on pace to break this LeBron James NBA record of total minutes played in a season

Bulls DeMar DeRozan on pace to break LeBron James' NBA record of being oldest player to lead league in total minutes played in a season

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Chicago Bulls guard DeMar DeRozan is currently on pace to break LeBron James’ NBA record of being the oldest player to lead the league in total minutes played in a season.

James set this record with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017-18, when he started the season age 32 then turned 33 on Dec. 30, 2017. The four-time MVP played for 3,026 minutes and a full 82-game season with the Cavs.

According to a few NBA betting sites, the DeRozan holds fourth-shortest odds to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year. Sportsbooks are showing better odds for Stephen Curry, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Damian Lillard.

DeRozan turned 34 on Aug. 7 and is currently leading the league this season in both total minutes played (2,072) and minutes per game (37.7) with 25 games remaining.

However, fellow Bulls teammate Coby White is a close second with 2,068 total minutes played. Scottie Barnes (2,040) is third, followed by Domantas Sabonis (2,038), Mikal Bridges (2,002), and Paolo Banchero (1,986).

At age 23, DeRozan finished with a then-career-high 3,013 total minutes played in the 2012-13 season with the Toronto Raptors. The six-time All-Star appeared in all 82 games.

Chicago Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan played a career-high 3,017 total minutes with Toronto Raptors in 2013-14

In the 2013-14 season, DeMar DeRozan played a career-high 3,017 total minutes played in 79 games with Toronto. At age 24, he averaged a career-high 38.2 minutes per game that season.

LeBron James, 39, has so far led the NBA in total minutes played three times across his 21-year career — 2004-05 (3,388), 2006-07 (3,190), and 2017-18. The 20-time All-Star led three times in minutes per game — 42.4 (2004-05), 37.8 (2016-17), and 36.9 (2017-18).

Wilt Chamberlain led the NBA in total minutes played eight times in his 14-year career — 1959-60 (3,338), 1960-61 (3,773), 1961-62 (3,882), 1962-63 (3,806), 1963-64 (3,689), 1965-66 (3,737), 1966-67 (3,682), and 1967-68 (3,836).

Through 55 games (all starts) this season, DeRozan is averaging 22.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 47% from the field, 33.8% from 3-point range, and 85.3% at the foul line.

DeRozan played a season-high 44 minutes in Chicago’s 114-108 loss to the Orlando Magic. He recorded 28 points, four rebounds, and four assists while shooting 11-of-24 (45.8%) from the floor.

NBA sportsbooks show the Bulls with ninth-best odds to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Oddsmakers are giving better odds to the Indiana Pacers and Magic.