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2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 28.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 1.2 steals, 3.5, 43 percent shooting, 84.5 free-throw shooting
No, I'm not kidding.
Kobe Bryant may be 34, he may have nearly two decades worth of NBA-related wear and tear on his legs and he may be preparing to play off the ball more, but he's still a fantasy gem.
What most people fail to realize is that Bryant's offensive inclinations will not be forced to change that much in the wake of the new-look Lakers. He has spent the past four years playing alongside Pau Gasol, and Dwight Howard's tendencies aren't that much different from Andrew Bynum's.
The cause for concern here stems from Steve Nash, the man who has taken the ball out of Bryant's hands.
Sure, Bryant's point-totals will suffer—though 24 or 25 points per game is still a good estimation of his potential impact—but his value from the field and in the turnovers department will greatly benefit from his off-ball movement.
And don't use the he-won't-average-38-minutes-per-game argument either. He probably won't average as many minutes, but don't expect a significant drop-off, either. Los Angeles is overwhelmingly talented, but far from deep, meaning Kobe will still need to spend an ample amount of time on the floor.
So, while plenty of things have changed in Tinseltown, Bryant's value as a fantasy stud isn't one of them.