Answer: Kobe Bryant is the NBA’s career leader in only one statistic: missed shots, with a total of 14,481. That stat might seem like a strange choice to celebrate. But the very opportunity to shoot that often is a marker of dominance; the top 30 players in career misses are all current or future Hall of Famers. So much of Bryant’s on-court legacy was tied into his irrepressible determination to compete, and to score. He shot and he kept shooting. He knew he’d miss, as the misappropriated saying goes, 100 percent of the shots he didn’t take.