10 Little Known NBA Records That Will Shock You
Some NBA records are easy to remember. They help perpetuate a player’s legacy. But there are also records that can simply be forgotten. While some records are forgettable, they also leave you scratching your head.
For this piece, let’s take a look at the 10 least known NBA records that will shock you.
10. Most three-pointers made by a player in a game: Damon Stoudamire and James Harden, 16
Three-point shooting is a powerful weapon in basketball. But if the shots don’t fall from the rainbow land, it’s best to forget it. Unfortunately, two players never got that memo.
Given that the modern era leans heavily on three-point shooting, James Harden was given the green light by the Houston Rockets to shoot. But in six different games, Harden missed 16 threes, including two games where he hit a brutal 17.
While Harden played in the modern era, Damon Stoudamire wasn’t quite there yet, but played like he was. In a blowout loss to the Warriors in 2005, the Blazers guard hit 21 shots from the rainbow, but made just five of them.
9. Most free throws by a player in a game: Andre Drummond, 23
The Hack-a-Shaq rule was created to slow down stars who couldn’t make free throws. While Shaq was a terrible free throw shooter, two-time All-Star Andre Drummond took it to a new level.
In a win over the Rockets, Drummond came away with a 17-11 double-double. However, the then-Pistons center also made just 13 of 36 attempts from the charity stripe.
8. Most field goals missed without a mark by a player: Tim Hardaway Sr., 0-17 FG
When you’re a certified goal scorer, it’s a good idea to keep trying until the ball hits the net. But when the defense is tight and luck is not on your side, you have to stop trying to score. Hardaway realized that a little too late, missing all 17 of his shots from the field.
Fortunately, it’s better late than never. Hardaway managed to dish out 13 assists and scored two points from the charity stripe. But more importantly, Hardaway and the Warriors escaped with the win over the Timberwolves. Probably one of the NBA records people don’t know much about.
7. Lowest scoring game: Pistons vs. Lakers, 37 total points
When the Lakers’ George Mikan dominated, the Pistons’ Murray Mendenhall found a loophole in the rulebook and instructed his players to stop play when they had the lead. Not only did this limit Mikan’s dominance, but it also led to a free-throw shooting exhibition in favor of the Pistons. The Pistons were victorious over the Lakers, 19-18.
Fortunately, Syracuse Nationals owner Freddy Biasone paved the way for the birth of the 24-second shot clock. The implementation of the 24-second shot clock prohibited teams from stalling and sped up the game.
6. Most teams played for: Ish Smith, 13 teams
LeBron James and Kevin Durant were often mocked for easily changing teams. While both have played for three different teams, there are five players who have played for an unimaginable at least 12 teams. Ish Smith currently holds the NBA record for playing for 13 different franchises.
In his ongoing NBA career, Ish Smith has already played for 13 different teams, including the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies, and currently for the Denver Nuggets. If you’re talking about obscure NBA records, this is one.
5. Fastest to break out in a match: Bubba Wells, three minutes
The Hack-a-Shaq strategy requires players to make mistakes. Because of this, then-Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson instructed Mavericks reserve Bubba Wells to foul Dennis Rodman, who was a terrible free throw shooter.
Like a good player who listened to his coach, Wells continued to flush Rodman to send him to the free throw line. Unfortunately, Wells struck out quickly enough for an NBA record two minutes and 43 seconds. Furthermore, Rodman made nine of his 12 shots from the charity stripe that led to the Bulls victory over the Mavs.
4. Worst record to qualify for the playoffs: Baltimore Bullets, 16-54
Getting into the postseason usually requires a respectable win-loss record. However, that was not the case for the Baltimore Bullets, who went 16-54 for the season.
Nevertheless, the team was swept in the Eastern Division Semifinals by the New York Knicks in two games.
3. Biggest comeback: Utah Jazz, 36 point deficit
Facing a deficit at any point in the game is already a daunting task. But getting out of a 36-point hole certainly takes a lot of effort. But because of Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz, it was made possible.
The Nuggets suffered a major collapse in the second half as the Jazz’s Malone dropped 31 points and 17 rebounds to complete the greatest comeback in NBA history.
2. Longest game: Olympians vs Royals, six OTs
When it comes to the longest game in history, this one takes the cake. The contest between the Olympians and Royals lasted as long as 78 minutes due to six extra periods needed to decide a winner.
The Indianapolis Olympians emerged victorious after scoring the lone basket in the sixth overtime period. The Olympians were paced by Ralph Beard and Alex Groza, who both had 17 points apiece.
1. Most points by a player in a loss: Wilt Chamberlain, 78 points
Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for most points scored in a game with 100. However, he also holds the record for most points scored in a loss. Despite his 78-43 point-rebounding effort, Chamberlain’s Warriors succumbed to the Los Angeles Lakers, 151-147 after three overtime periods.
While Chamberlain exploded for 78, he also missed 15 of his 31 free throw attempts. On the other hand, the Lakers were paced by Elgin Baylor, who dropped 63 points and 31 rebounds.