This list is scattered with some of the best NBA players of all time and it proves that even superstars can have days off in the life of professional sports. It is the nature of pro sports and especially basketball, since the superstar is going to have the ball most of the time and thus a lot of the worst performances that I came across were not actually that terrible. At the end of the day their stat line was not that bad and in a couple of cases they were spectacular.
In Game 2 of this year's Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks, Thunder forward and four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant shot just 7-33. The 26 misses and 21.2 percent shooting percentage were both the worst of Durant's career. It wasn't the type of performance we're accustomed to seeing from Durant, but he still managed 21 points and it was far from the worst playoff performance in NBA history.
One of my main points of emphasis when formulating my list was how many shots the superstars took and how many they missed. That being said the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and even the greatest of all time Michael Jordan have made this list. It was shocking to see how terrible some of the greatest players the game has ever seen can be, but at the end of the day they won multiple championships in most instances and they have a forever lasting legacy in the game.
Here are the 15 worst single game playoff performances by NBA superstars:
15 15. Kobe Bryant - Game 7, 2006 Western Conference Quarterfinals
14 14. Kobe Bryant - Game 1, 2004 NBA Finals
13 13. Shawn Kemp - Game 3, 2006 NBA Finals
12 12. Michael Jordan - Game 5, 1989 Eastern Conference Finals
11 11. Wilt Chamberlain - Game 7, 1969 Eastern Division Final
10 10. Dirk Nowitzki - Game 3, 2006 NBA Finals
9 9. LeBron James - Game 1, 2007 NBA Finals
8 8. Lebron James - Game 5, 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals
7 7. Dirk Nowitzki - Game 6, 2007 Western Conference Quarterfinals
6 6. Karl Malone - Game 6, 1999 Western Conference Semifinals
5 5. Kobe Bryant - Game 6, 2008 NBA Finals
4 4. Larry Johnson - Game 2, 1999 NBA Finals
3 3. Dennis Johnson - Game 7, 1979 NBA Finals
2 2. Reggie Miller- Game 1, 2000 NBA Finals
1 1. Ray Allen - Game 5, 2010 NBA Finals
Ray Allen is the current NBA record holder for three pointers made and attempted during the regular season and holds various other playoff, all-star and franchise 3-point shooting records in his career. Unfortunately, none of this mattered during Game 3 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He did not make any of 13 shots and scored only 2 points and this is why he is number one on this list, since he scored the least amount of points of anyone mentioned. The Celtics lost the series in seven games and if they had gotten any offense from their sharpshooter in Game 5, it might have been a different story.
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