There is no doubt that Kobe Bryant will walk off into the sunset at the end of the 2015-16 season as one of the greatest players ever to grace the NBA hardwood.
Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Lakers star, however, there is also the strong possibility that he enters retirement next May having secured a place in the NBA record books for all the wrong reasons.
Not the way he'd want to go
According to data compiled by Matt Yoder at Fox Sports, Bryant is currently on pace to record the worst shooting season in the NBA in over half a century.
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Even after his 31 point, 10-of 24 field goal night against Washington on Wednesday, the Black Mamba is currently shooting just 31.1 percent from the floor (84-of-270 shots).
If this doesn't improve before the season comes to an end, the sub-32 percentage will, according to Basketball-reference.com, be the worst from any player since Woody Sauldsberry posted a putrid 29.9 percentage back in 1960-61.
As noted by Yoder, Kobe Bryant would join Sauldsberry as the only other player to shoot below 32 percent from the field since the shot clock came into existence in 1954. In fact, no one since McCoy McLemore in 1964-65 has gone below 34 percent.
There is one silver lining for the veteran, though. Detroit rookie Emmanuel Mudiay is faring only slightly better than Kobe this season (82-of-262) so has a chance to save Bryant from the record books if the future Hall of Famer can't do it himself.
Considering how dominant Kobe has been down the years, and how influential he has been for players coming into the league right now (like Mudiay), it would be a great shame to see him leave the game with such a record attached to his name.
Hopefully, last night's showing is a sign of things to come, and Bryant can bump up that percentage as his farewell tour rolls on.
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