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An in-his-prime Kobe Bryant had arguably the most impressive season of his career in 2005-06.
With an atrocious supporting cast that included Smush Parker and Kwame Brown, Bryant somehow willed the Lakers to 45 wins. In the process, he averaged a career-high 35.4 points on 45.0 percent shooting, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals and finished with a career-best PER of 28.11.
Bryant was named to the All-Defensive First Team, and although he didn't win the NBA's regular-season MVP award, a strong case can be made that he deserved the honor over Steve Nash.
Despite the fact that he won't even come close to matching Bryant's PPG averages from his 10th season, James should have a better all-around season.
He should shoot at least around 7.5 percent better than Bryant from the field, which is pretty incredible when you consider how dominant Bryant was offensively in '05-06. And James will, as he has done throughout his career, perform markedly better than Bryant in the rebound and assist categories.
Also, and this can't be overlooked when examining his 10th season, Bryant infamously refused to shoot the ball during the second half of the Lakers' Game 7 loss to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.
Considering how mature of a player he is at this point, LeBron pulling something like that now seems unfathomable.
And good news for Heat fans: That maturity is why you should expect LeBron to have a laser-like focus on winning another title this year.