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If you've got an impatient Kobe Bryant owner in your league, go shoot him an offer immediately.
While Bryant has gotten off to a sluggish start in his return from a devastating Achilles injury, he's shown signs of the Kobe of old, particularly in Saturday night's 21-point, eight-assist outing against the Charlotte Bobcats, according to B/R's Kevin Ding:
But the quiet little breakthrough was Bryant’s pull-up jumper in the third quarter. Stopping suddenly and shooting smoothly has been one of his most elusive fundamentals to redevelop.
It was that moment, that rhythm jumper, which felt like Kobe. That was when all those wearing purple and gold in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte were thinking "yes, I know that guy."
Through four games, Bryant is averaging 13.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting and 20 percent from three, as well as career-highs of seven assists and 6.3 turnovers. He's also added a steal a night to his line thus far, which is an extra bonus for owners who choose to target Bryant on the trade market.
Expect those averages to progress and regress to the mean a bit. Bryant's scoring numbers figure to tick up once the Lakers have a true point guard back in the lineup, while his assist and turnover numbers will decrease a bit by the same logic.
If you're an owner who's willing to be patient as Kobe readjusts over the next few weeks, go out and snag him while he's still relatively cheap.