It's widely known that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the all-time leading scorer in the NBA, and LeBron stands a good chance of passing him when all is said and done.
What I've never seen before, is who is the all-time missed shots scoring leader? As in, who has missed the most points worth of shooting?
Through the beginning of this season, LeBron is averaging 1,815 missed points per year. At that rate, he will pass Kobe next season.
Active players in the top 50:
I would have guessed that Kareem was the leader - it takes so many field goal attempts to score that many, you're going to have a lot of missed shots too. But not having taken a lot of 3-pointers really bails him out. They're lower-percentage shots, and worth more, so you're in double jeopardy if you take a lot of threes.
Missed-shot-Kobe would be 4th on the regular scoring list.
I was surprised with how many guys were underwater: 23 out of the top 50. Since the NBA/ABA merger, the player deepest in the hole is #23 Jason Kidd, at -5,711.
Kareem is the leader in net score, and it seems unlikely anyone is going to catch him, at least without the game changing dramatically - say, different three point rules.
Information courtesy Basketball-Reference.com. Stats reflect games played through February 17, 2021.