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Season Stats: 38 MPG, 45% FG, 28% 3PT, 84% FT, 30 PPG, 6 RPG, 5 APG, 22 games played
What Bryant has been able to do this season has been amazing, considering the torn ligament in his shooting wrist and the resulting injections before each game. The Mamba has proven that he can still score and attack the basket at will, providing clutch moments and keeping the Lakers competitive.
Kobe's 40 point games earlier in the season got him a lot of attention in the MVP race, but his scoring highlights should be a lesser factor in deciding his worthiness. The bigger factor, and thing that he needs to improve on, is learning when to defer and facilitate the offense.
Bynum and Gasol are still one of the best frontcourts in the league. We all know he can score, but Kobe needs to trust and feed the two bigs more, and in turn make the team better. How well he does that, as the season winds on, will determine if he deserves the MVP.