There are records worth breaking… and some better left untouched.
Sure enough, there are plenty of unbelievable things that happen in the NBA. On special nights, a superstar can even score 100 or 81 points!
For players, it’s certainly a great accomplishment to put their names in the league’s record books. However, that’s not always the case as there are also times they are on the wrong end of things.
Today, FOX Sports Philippines takes a look at five players who hold some of the NBA’s most embarrassing records.
Kobe Bryant – Most missed shots in league history
Throughout his 20 years of playing in the NBA, Bryant achieved multiple records and milestones. He’s a five-time champion, an MVP, an 18-time All-Star and a 12-time All-Defensive Team member (to name a few).
While it has been a remarkable career, the future Hall of Famer also owns a record that he wouldn’t be proud.
Bryant currently ranks number one with the most missed shots in league history at 14,481. That’s 1,000 more missed shots than the number two player on the list. Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter are the closest active players, though both are over 2,000 misses behind.
His saving grace, though, is he’s third on the all-time scoring list.
Andre Drummond – Most missed free throws in a single game
Drummond is a double-double machine, but it’s clear he has a lot of work to do to improve his free-throw shooting.
In fact, during the 2015-16 season, he missed a record-setting 23 freebies against the Houston Rockets. Houston used the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ strategy on Drummond to get back in the game, and it worked well as the All-Star big made just 13 of his 36 attempts.
Drummond beat DeAndre Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain’s 22 missed free throws with that new low.
Jason Kidd – Most turnovers in a single game
Although Kidd is second in the NBA for the all-time assist record, that doesn’t mean he’s the best in taking care of the ball.
In 2000, when he was with the Phoenix Suns, Kidd set an NBA record that no other point guard wants to approach: he turned the ball over 14 times against the New York Knicks!
Phoenix eventually fell to the Knickerbockers. But hey, at least Kidd had 18 points, 12 boards and 10 assists to finish the game with a quadruple-double.
Darryl Dawkins – Most fouls in a single season
Few fans today might know Dawkins, but the league will always remember the 386 personal fouls he accrued during the 1983-84 season.
That was close to five fouls per match, over 81 games. Making the record more ridiculous, Dawkins broke his record of 379 single-season personal fouls from the previous year!
This guy’s job is to foul, no doubt.
Rasheed Wallace – Most technical fouls in a single season
Wallace is the walking technical.
Of all the NBA records, Sheed’s 41 technical fouls in the 2000-01 season might just be one that would never be broken. Oh, and he also had seven ejections during that year!
Even Draymond Green—today’s referee enemy No. 1—will have a hard time surpassing that, especially with the current rule that automatically suspends a player after 16 techs.