There are cases to be made for Chris Paul and Kevin Durant, among a few others, but right now, there's Kobe, there's LeBron and then there's everyone else.
One is a 34-year-old shooting guard whose success has been predicated upon scoring in excess for nearly two decades, while the other is a 28-year-old prodigy who does it all and dreams of one day having as many rings as the Black Mamba himself.
Despite their differences in age and style of play, though, Bryant and James are the same in so many regards.
Both are the heart and soul of their team, both are among the most difficult of players to defend and both are currently embarking on historical seasons. Remember, Kobe is fresh off of eclipsing the 30,000-point plateau while James' quest for 20,000 has all but come to a close.
But while much is made of their accomplishments, and though both are relentlessly compared to Michael Jordan, they are rarely dissected side-by-side, mano-a-mano.
Where would these two finish upon being pitted against one another?
The answer to that may not be as readily discernible as most would believe.
*All stats in this article are accurate as of January 15, 2013.