When it comes to shooting in the NBA, some make a high percentage of their shots, and then some miss more than they make. Some players have made a career out of missing shots. Here is a look at who has the most missed shots in NBA history.
- 1 Most Missed Shots in NBA History
- 1.1 10. Carmelo Anthony — 11,670 Missed Shots
- 1.2 9. Vince Carter — 12,046 Missed Shots
- 1.3 8. LeBron James — 12,300 Missed Shots
- 1.4 7. Michael Jordan — 12,345 Missed Shots
- 1.5 6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — 12,470 Missed Shots
- 1.6 4. Karl Malone— 12,682 Missed Shots
- 1.7 3. Elvin Hayes — 13,296 Missed Shots
- 1.8 2. John Havlicek — 13,417 Missed Shots
- 1.9 1. Kobe Bryant — 14,481 Missed Shots
- 2 Final Thoughts
Most Missed Shots in NBA History
10. Carmelo Anthony — 11,670 Missed Shots
If you look back at Carmelo Anthony’s 17-year career, he has never made it to the NBA Finals.
More than that, he scored 23.6 points and grabbed 1,122 rebounds per game. He also averaged 6.9 points, 2.9% assists per game, and a 44.8 field goal percentage, too.
In the end, Carmelo Anthony is one of the few players whose name is almost entirely linked to his success on the court. In 2003, he led Syracuse to a national championship in his only college season, which was also his last.
The reason Anthony hasn’t won an NBA championship or even come close is that he can’t score for anyone else but himself.
9. Vince Carter — 12,046 Missed Shots
Vince Carter was the NBA’s top scorer for 22 years.
This is not all: He has 1,541 rebounds, 16.7 points per game, 3.0 assists, and 43.5 field goal percentage as well.
Vince Carter, one of the best dunkers of all time, is retired in 2020 after 22 years in the NBA.
With his cousin Tracy McGrady, Carter was the Raptors‘ first big star. During that time, Carter and McGrady took a lot of shots for the team.
8. LeBron James — 12,300 Missed Shots
In 17 years, LeBron James has won four NBA championships, which is a lot.
Another thing: He also scored 27.1 points per game and had 7.4 rebounds. He also had 7.4 assists and a 50.4% field goal percentage, and he had 1,265 rebounds.
LeBron James first played in the NBA in 2003 when he was 18 years old. Since then, he has played a lot of basketball. His athleticism is unparalleled. And he is still going…
After the Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA championship in 2020, the question of how long James will play in the league comes up. This will be his 17th season in the league.
For a long time, he has said that he wants to play in the NBA with his oldest son, Bronny James, who is now a sophomore in high school. Bronny won’t be able to play until at least 2024, though. I guess we watch and see what happens…
7. Michael Jordan — 12,345 Missed Shots
This is how the Chicago Bulls chose Michael Jordan in 1984:.. they had the third draft pick and selected him in the first round in the NBA draft right after Portland selected Sam Bowie. Houston had the first pick in that draft and selected Olajuwon of course.
More Jordan stats… He had 1,072 rebounds, 30.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, 5.3% assists, and 49.7% field goal percentage.
Michael Jordan was a great scorer all through his career, but in his first six years with the Chicago Bulls, almost every offensive play went through “His Airness.”
When Jordan cut back on shooting and became more involved with his teammates, the Bulls became unstoppable, winning six NBA championships in eight years, including one season where they won 72 games and only lost 10 that season.
6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — 12,470 Missed Shots
During his time as a UCLA basketball player in the 1980s, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a three-time NCAA champion and six-time NBA champion.
Also, he had 1,560 rebounds, 24.6 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists per game, and a 55.9 field goal percentage, to name a few of his stats.
Bottom line: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did not become the NBA’s all-time top scorer by not taking shots. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a good team player.
Abdul-Jabbar got a lot out of playing with some great guards, and his career field goal percentage of 55.9% is one of the best in the NBA.
Kareem also had an epic fight scene with Bruce Lee in the Bruce Lee movie “Game of Death.” You can see it below…
5. Dirk Nowitzki — 12,565 Missed Shots
SuperStar Dirk Nowitzki retired in 2019 after 21 seasons.
He had 1,522 rebounds, 20.7 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game, and a 47.1% field goal percentage, to name a few of his stats.
Up to 2019, Dirk Nowitzki was known as the best European-born player in NBA history. Of course that is until recently.
If anyone can better Nowitzki’s points record, it looks like the SuperStar and young Dallas guard Luka Doncic, one of the league’s most exciting young players in the last two decades.
4. Karl Malone— 12,682 Missed Shots
Karl Malone won the NBA MVP in 1997, but his Utah Jazz did not win The NBA Championship.
Nicknamed “The Mailman” because he always delivered, Malone had a productive career averaging 1,476 boards and 2,050 points per season, as well as 10.4 boards and 3.0 assists per game.
Karl Malone was lucky to play with point guard John Stockton for most of his career. Also a SuperStar, Stockton helped other players score in many different ways and made his team better.
Stockton and Malone made a great duo for many years. With Stockton, who is the NBA’s all-time assists and steals leader, Malone couldn’t be stopped once he got going. Other teams would try to shut one or the other down but was extremely difficult to take both of them out of their game.
3. Elvin Hayes — 13,296 Missed Shots
Whenever Elvin Hayes played in the frontcourt of the Washington Bullets, he was at his best. The Bullets are now known as The Wizards.
Hayes scored 21.0 points per game and had 12.5 rebounds. He also had two assists and made 45.2 percent of his field goals.
There were a lot of shots that Elvin Hayes had to take when he started with the San Diego Rockets. Without him, the team had no chance to win.
Hayes was a great rebounder, and he got a lot of chances to shoot because of his exceptional rebounding ability. His 18.4 rebounds per game average in 1974 is the third-highest in NBA history.
2. John Havlicek — 13,417 Missed Shots
John Havlicek led the Boston Celtics to eight NBA championships during his playing career.
Havlicek scored 20.8 points per game and grabbed 1,270 rebounds average per season. He also had 6.9 rebounds per game, 4.48 assists per game, and a 43.9 field goal percentage, too.
Because he could play both guard and forward, John Havlicek was the NBA’s first true swingman. He could do everything on the court for both positions because he was so good at both.
Besides teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones, he has won eight NBA championships. He also won an NCAA title in 1960 while playing for Ohio State, and he did this while playing for the team.
1. Kobe Bryant — 14,481 Missed Shots
He scored 60 points in his last NBA game.
Kobe averaged 25.0 points per game and grabbed 1,346 rebounds per season.
The late Kobe Bryant’s legacy was shaped a lot by the fact that he was a player who didn’t need to get permission from coaches or teammates to take a lot of shots. He was a true player who never hesitated to hit that game winning shot for his team.
There is a lot to learn about him from his stats from the last game of his career, which was in his 20th season. Basketball player Kobe Bryant scored 60 points on 22-of-50 shooting against the Utah Jazz. He made 10 of 12 free throws and 6 of 21 from long range.
Although Kobe Bryant is at the top of this list, it’s worth noting that he has averaged more points per game than any other player in NBA history. This is due in part to the fact that he was always looking to take a shot, no matter who was on the floor with him. With that said, it’s also fair to say that not all of Bryant’s misses were bad shots — it’s all part of the game and Kobe’s teammates knew they could count on him in the clutch.