Kobe Bryant sets all-time record for misses

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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:

Player From To G FG FGA Missed shots
Kobe Bryant 1997 2015 1252 11118 24536 13418
John Havlicek 1963 1978 1270 10513 23930 13417
Elvin Hayes 1969 1984 1303 10976 24272 13296
Karl Malone 1986 2004 1476 13528 26210 12682
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1970 1989 1560 15837 28307 12470
Michael Jordan 1985 2003 1072 12192 24537 12345
Dominique Wilkins 1983 1999 1074 9963 21589 11626
Elgin Baylor 1959 1972 846 8693 20171 11478
Allen Iverson 1997 2010 914 8467 19906 11439
Wilt Chamberlain 1960 1973 1045 12681 23497 10816
Vince Carter 1999 2015 1155 8431 19088 10657
Kevin Garnett 1996 2015 1383 10329 20771 10442
Dirk Nowitzki 1999 2015 1196 9467 19860 10393
Ray Allen 1997 2014 1300 8567 18955 10388
Alex English 1977 1991 1193 10659 21036 10377
Hal Greer 1959 1973 1122 8504 18811 10307
Bob Cousy 1951 1970 924 6168 16468 10300
Hakeem Olajuwon 1985 2002 1238 10749 20991 10242
Paul Pierce 1999 2015 1184 8228 18417 10189
Oscar Robertson 1961 1974 1040 9508 19620 10112
Jerry West 1961 1974 932 9016 19032 10016
Gary Payton 1991 2007 1335 8708 18698 9990
Moses Malone 1977 1995 1329 9435 19225 9790
Dolph Schayes 1950 1964 996 5863 15427 9564
Patrick Ewing 1986 2002 1183 9702 19241 9539

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.