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Vitals: 6’6”, 205 lbs.
Career Stats: 25.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.2 SPG.
Accolades: five-time NBA Champion (2000-2002, 2009-2010), two-time Finals MVP (2009-2010), NBA MVP (2008), 14-time NBA All-Star (1998, 2000-2012), two-time NBA Scoring Champion (2006-2007), 10-time All-NBA First Team (2002-2004, 2006-2012), two-time All-NBA Second Team (2000-2001), two-time All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005), nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003-2004, 2006-2011), three-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001-2002, 2012), NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997), four-time NBA All-Star MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), NBA Slam Dunk Champion (1997).
If there was ever to be a second Michael Jordan, his name is Kobe Bryant. Almost identical in terms of height and build, Bryant will always be held in conversation when Jordan is mentioned. Both had the same coach and similar play styles. Whether Phil Jackson had something to do this can be debated, but its undeniable both were spectacular in their own right.
Bryant is one of the greatest scorers the NBA has ever seen, as he currently ranks fifth all-time. He is 1935 points behind Wilt Chamberlain, whom he may very well pass by the time he retires.
Bryant ranks third all-time in playoff scoring, trailing just Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He has been consistently spectacular in that aspect, holding the record for second-most points scored in a game with 81. He was also a fantastic defender, evidenced by his career average of 1.5 steals per game.
However, while Bryant has certainly been one of the most productive scorers, he was not the most efficient. His career average of 45.3 percent shooting limits his comparison to Jordan and in turn his ranking on this list. His five championships are certainly noteworthy, but in terms of individual comparison, are irrelevant. Championships are a team accomplishment, so while Bryant deserves credit to an extent, they do separate him from his peers.