From an early age, he started to draw comparisons to the greatest of all-time, Michael Jordan.
While early on in his career the comparisons to Jordan may have seemed ludicrous, after a while they seemed natural and watching Kobe throughout his career, they became warranted.
Heading into last night's game against the Golden State Warriors, Kobe needed 25 points to pass Jordan for the second-most career points with one franchise. He did what he does best and closed out the opposition, finishing with 30.
That wasn't the first time that Bryant passed Jordan on a scoring list this season, as he also became the leading scorer in All-Star Game history with 263 career All-Star points.
But who actually was the better scorer?
Has Kobe actually outperformed Jordan throughout his legendary 15-year career.
We break it down category-by-category, in an attempt to find out who exactly was the NBA's better scorer, Bryant or Jordan.
Let's take a look.