2012-13 Season Averages: 38.8 minutes, 28.7 points, 5.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds
Let me start by saying that if Kobe Bryant had to grade himself at this juncture, he'd probably give himself something in the "C" or "D" range because the team has struggled to produce wins.
I'm willing to give the Black Mamba a bit more credit than that.
The man is turning in one hell of a campaign in his 17th NBA season. He is playing more minutes and scoring more than his career averages, all at the advanced basketball age of 34. Despite hoisting up some questionable attempts—which he's always done—Kobe has scored the rock pretty efficiently.
Bryant has shown willingness to guard the opposition's best offensive threat, which has admittedly yielded mixed results. However, it's his dedication to bettering his team that shines out of his defensive flexibility.
If you haven't clicked on the TV for the past few days, I'd strongly encourage you to seek video highlights of Kobe's last two performances (21 points, 14 assists, nine rebounds against OKC, 14 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds against Utah).
The man has proved time and time again that he can do it all and won't stop doing so until the Lakers emerge victorious. That's the kind of attitude that separates him from most other athletes in the NBA today.
The only legitimate knock on his midseason grade is his team's poor record. Sorry, Kobe.
Midseason Grade: A-