NBA Players With Most Missed Shots in History

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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the second period while taking on the Boston Celtics in Game Six.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Nov 15, 2023, 5:19 PM
  • Here’s a list of NBA players with the most shots in history.
  • Kobe Bryant leads the list.

Player efficiency is one of the critical aspects that teams and coaches see to decide whether a player gets to play more minutes in the game. But there is an exception to this, especially if you are considered the superstar and the go-to guy of the team because you are given the go signal to take the shots you want on the floor. 

Although given the green light to shoot, not all attempts are guaranteed to go in because, after all, professional basketball players and NBA players are still human beings who miss. Although they missed these shots, it is still a fun aspect in basketball betting. With this in mind, we will dive into the players that stockpiled the most missed shots in NBA history.

Kobe Bryant – 14,481 missed shots

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant played all of his seasons with the franchise, bringing five championships to the team. But this success didn’t come in the easy path as he endured 14,481 missed shots throughout his career, the most in league history. Although Bryant missed over 14,000 shots, he still has a respectable shooting percentage of 44.7% on his way to 33,643 points overall, the fourth-most of all time and places second on the list of players with most buzzer beaters in NBA history.

LeBron James – 13,892 missed shots

With more years left in his NBA journey, LeBron James might end up with the record for the most missed shots in history. The 20-year veteran has 13,892 missed shots, which is enough to put him as the fourth-most. Regardless of this, James still shoots in an incredibly high percentage of 50.5. Despite missing over 13,000 shots, The ‘’King’’ surpassed Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the player with the most points in NBA history.

John Havlicek – 13,417 missed shots

John Havlicek is third on the list with 13,417 missed shots in his 16 years with the Boston Celtics. Despite this shooting slip, the phenomenon forward still scored over 26,395 points and is 17th on the all-time scoring list. Havlicek also helped Boston win eight NBA Championships and took home one Finals MVP award in 1974. He averaged 20.8 points in a decent 43.9% field-goal shooting from the field.

Elvin Hayes – 13,296 missed shots

One of only eleven players to put up over 27,000 points in his career, Elvin Hayes has spent 16 years in the NBA, playing for five different teams. This incredible feat came in with 13,296 missed shots which placed Hayes in the number four spot of most NBA players who missed the most shots. The 1968 first overall pick also appeared in 12 NBA All-Star games and picked up one title in 1978 to beef up his hall of fame career.

Karl Malone – 12,682 missed shots

Karl Malone is the recipient of the most pick-and-roll passes from John Stockton because he ended up as the third-highest scorer in the NBA with 36,928 points in total. Aside from this spectacular achievement, Malone also missed many shots, a sum of 12,682, making him a part of the top five list of NBA players who most missed shots in NBA history. The ‘’Mailman’’ spent most of his career with the Utah Jazz (18 seasons) before calling it a career with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004 after one season with them.

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.