Kobe Bryant Tops 5 Best NBA Players of the Post-Michael Jordan Era

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Kobe Bryant Tops 5 Best NBA Players of the Post-Michael Jordan Era
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Kobe Bryant is climbing the all time scoring list.

Two nights ago Kobe Bryant passed his former teammate Shaquille O'Neal to become the NBA's fifth- ranked all-time leading scorer. It's yet another impressive accomplishment in what is becoming an increasingly spectacular career. 

The man who was at one point "Robin" to Shaq's "Batman" has completely transformed himself as not just a player but as a leader on the court. 

He's still not known as the most likable player on the court, but he leads by example. He works his tail off and is in peak physical condition.

Teams can beat the Lakers, and consequently Kobe as well, but for them to do, so they must outplay them. You can't beat Kobe's effort and his versatile offensive game which still features jaw-dropping athleticism, and now also features back-to-the-basket moves and feathery jumpers. 

Kobe Bryant has become as much like the icon he succeeded as any fan of the NBA could have rationally expected. Michael Jordan's legacy is still safe. Through longevity Bryant may end up surpassing some of Jordan's numbers, but Jordan's defense and his six titles as the undisputed leader of his team seem to be safe, for now. 

Kobe hasn't been the only player to excel in the post-Jordan era, though. There have been others. Who are the best of the era? Start the post-Jordan era at the conclusion of the 1998 finals.

Yes, Jordan would retire and then return for a less than memorable stint with the Washington Wizards, but his era of true dominance concluded with his 1998 title.

You won't be seeing JaVale McGee, Kwame Brown or Jonathan Bender on this list...

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