Most articles you read about records are about the super human feats of athletes such as Jordan, Magic, Chamberlain, etc… , but what about those performances so incredibly bad that they will last for decades? We like to think of professional athletes as the best at what they do, but sometimes even the best in the game can have a legendary off night. Here are a few performances so terrible that they are unlikely to be repeated.
Most turnovers in a game, tie- 14 Jason Kidd and John: On March 1, 1978 John Drew, then an Atlanta Haw, set the basketball world ablaze by helping the New Jersey Nets defeat the Hawks with a record setting 14 turnovers in a single game. To give some perspective, the 2002-2003 Dallas Mavericks averaged a record team low of 11.6 turnovers per game. Not to be out done, future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd tied Drew’s record on November 17, 2000 against the New York Knicks.
Most missed free throws in a career, Wilt Chamberlain – 5,805: Chamberlain’s record for most missed free throws took more than a terrible game to accomplish, Chamberlain amassed this terrible honor through a fourteen year NBA career and probably the most un-prolific free throw shooter professional basketball has ever seen. Most NBA players never get the chance to attempt as many free throws that Chamberlain has missed, which makes the record such a difficult one to break. Even if you generously consider that a potential NBA player misses three free throws a game this player would need to play 2,000 games, or other 20 seasons just to match the record.
Only player to lead team in scoring without hitting a field goal, Richard “Rip” Hamilton: On January 6, 2005 against the Memphis Grizzlies Hamilton managed to lead his team with 14 points, going 0 for 10 on field goals, but a perfect 14-14 from the free throw line. This might say a bit more about the quality of “Rip’s” team mates on that fateful night more than his own poor performance.
Fewest points scored by an NBA team in the shot clock era, 49 by the Chicago Bulls: On 4/10/1999 the Chicago Bulls shocked the world when they scored less than 50 points, a first for an NBA team since the inception of the shot clock. As a team the Bulls shot an astounding 23% from the field and a terrible 54% from the free throw line. With the faster pace of the game this record looks to stand as the most terrible team performance for quite some time.