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Kobe Bryant sets all-time record for misses

Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies

Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies

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Kobe Bryant set the NBA record for missed shots his way – inefficiently.

Needing 13 misses entering the night to break the record, Kobe raced to tie John Havlicek’s mark. The Lakers superstar missed his 12th shot against the Grizzlies with 2:49 left in the third quarter. But he drew a couple fouls to close the period and began the fourth quarter on the bench, leaving history to wait.

Finally, 15 seconds after re-entering the game, Kobe missed a 14-footer with 6:22 to take sole possession the record. It took longer than expected, but basketball immortality was his as his stat line hit 7-for-20.

Here’s the all-time leader board:

PlayerFromToGFGFGAMissed shots
Kobe Bryant199720151252111182453613418
John Havlicek196319781270105132393013417
Elvin Hayes196919841303109762427213296
Karl Malone198620041476135282621012682
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar197019891560158372830712470
Michael Jordan198520031072121922453712345
Dominique Wilkins19831999107499632158911626
Elgin Baylor1959197284686932017111478
Allen Iverson1997201091484671990611439
Wilt Chamberlain196019731045126812349710816
Vince Carter19992015115584311908810657
Kevin Garnett199620151383103292077110442
Dirk Nowitzki19992015119694671986010393
Ray Allen19972014130085671895510388
Alex English197719911193106592103610377
Hal Greer19591973112285041881110307
Bob Cousy1951197092461681646810300
Hakeem Olajuwon198520021238107492099110242
Paul Pierce19992015118482281841710189
Oscar Robertson19611974104095081962010112
Jerry West1961197493290161903210016
Gary Payton1991200713358708186989990
Moses Malone1977199513299435192259790
Dolph Schayes195019649965863154279564
Patrick Ewing1986200211839702192419539

As Kurt wrote earlier, Kobe set this record only because he was the Lakers’ go-to scorer so long. Lesser players don’t get the opportunity to miss so many shots. The above list is full of Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers for a reason.

But Kobe’s gunning stands alone now in history with a record he could hold for quite some time.