Taking a lot of shots doesn't exactly mean scoring a lot of points, so athletes must be smart knowing how to make the most of their offensive repertoire.
Some players have made a living out of being efficient scorers, even despite the fact that they shoot at a high volume and therefore, are more likely to miss a ton of shots.
But, how would the greatest scorers in the history of the game fare if they'd made every single shot the took? How many points would they have if they'd score all their free throws, three-pointers, layups and contested shots? Let's take a look:
Note: this article will only count points, field goal attempts, free throw attempts, and three-point attempts until November 15th, 2019.
8. Elvin Hayes - 56,577 Points
7. Wilt Chamberlain - 58,857 Points
6. Michael Jordan - 59,624 Points
5. Dirk Nowitzki - 60,917 Points
4. LeBron James - 61,947 Points
3. Karl Malone - 65,918 Points
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 65,936 Points
1. Kobe Bryant - 67,957 Points