In his 17th year in the NBA, Kobe Bryant has racked up numbers to rival that of any player ever to play the game. This season, he has passed a "who's who" in NBA history as far as career accomplishments go.
Bryant remains about 900 points behind Michael Jordan for third all-time and right around 7,000 behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the top spot, so it'll be a while before we see him pass anyone else.
With that, this seems to be a perfect time to take a look back at his career.
With the number of NBA championships, All-Star Game appearances, international accolades and individual statistical achievements he's racked up, Bryant has a nearly unrivaled resume.
In his time in the league, Kobe's gone from being a young phenom and second banana to one of the greatest centers of all time to an egotistical go-to guy, a league MVP, the top dog on two championship teams and eventually the grizzled veteran who continues to score 27 points per game, while racking up assists at one of his highest rates.
Short of a career transformation, Kobe has tweaked his game enough here and there to mold himself into whatever his team needs. The results have been multiple championships, as well as him becoming one of the most controversial superstars the league has ever seen.
In celebration of his historic year, it seems necessary to see where he stands among the all-time greats of the sport.