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This has been a very odd season for Bryant.
Earlier in the season, Bryant shot over 50.0 percent from the field for a stretch and averaged roughly 30.0 points per game while his team struggled to win.
Eventually, his scoring regressed and his assists rose as the Lakers fought their way back from mediocrity.
However, that trend didn't last and they lost their composure despite Bryant's emphasis on facilitation.
As the season progressed and the Lakers found their groove, it was apparent that Bryant's improvement came in the form of determining when to score and when to facilitate.
Although Bryant has always averaged close to five assists to go along with his scoring numbers, they often came as a result of open shots from his teammates as he passed out of a double team.
Bryant has now found a balance between looking for his own shot and being the assassin we all know and love with actively creating easy baskets for his teammates.
With Nash playing a supplementary role for Bryant, he has been able to just play basketball and do what feels right.
Although he is still a lethal scorer, his new-found ability to actively create for his teammates is what really makes the Lakers' offense thrive.
Although Bryant is still the Lakers' best perimeter defender, he doesn't have the stamina he used to have.
Consider Bryant's three most important skills within a triangle framework. These skills consist of scoring, facilitating and lock-down defense.
At this age, Bryant can only do two of those three things excellently within a single game.
Most of the time, Bryant will still play impressive defense; but the emphasis would be on scoring and facilitating for his teammates.
However, as shown in games against top point guards like Kyrie Irving and Brandon Jennings this season, Bryant has shown that he is able to both facilitate on the offensive end as well as lock-down his match-up on the defensive end.
With that being said, he is still versatile and conditioned enough that he can be a consistent defensive pest despite his age.
Furthermore, his six rebounds per game in the last 10 games has allowed him to personally dictate the tempo and either initiate a fast-break on his own or slow down the pace and implement himself in the post.
Nothing has changed in the last decade, as Bryant remains the Lakers' spark plug and conduit on offense.
Scoring 28.6 points per game in his last 10 games while shooting an amazing 52.6 percent from the field, Bryant is scoring at the most efficient rate of his career.
On top of that, he is also dishing out seven assists in that span, which makes him the leading facilitator on the team as well.
The numbers and results speak for themselves, as Bryant's efficiency and assist-rate has correlated to seven wins in the Lakers' last 10 games.