Why Kobe Bryant Is ALMOST The Second Best Player Ever

Zane FergusonContributor IJune 18, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after defeating the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant is a great player and in my mind the most dominate player in the league today. He should easily have two more league MVPs. He is chasing Michael Jordan, he will never be as good or as great as Michael Jordan.

Right now my top five NBA players of all time are One. Michael Jordan Two. Magic Johnson Three. Larry Bird Four. Kobe Bryant Five. Bill Russell.

Kobe in my mind could get as high as No. two on my list and WILL get at least No. three.

Below are some career highlights of Kobe Bryant. If you can find me another player not named Michael and show me his career stats I will be shocked. Kobe is one of the best players of all time..

He all ready has four Championships and a league MVP. Hell Charles Barkley doesn't have one ring. One more and Kobe got one for each finger. Phil Jackson already has enough rings for all of his fingers, And for next year when the Lakers when the championship again he will need a toe ring.


  • Scored 81 points -- second All-Time in NBA History -- against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006
  • Selected to the 2004-05 All-NBA Third Team after averaging 27.6 ppg, 6.0 apg
  • Selected to the 2003-04 All-Defensive First Team
  • Selected to the 2003-04 All-NBA First Team after averaging 24.0 ppg
  • Selected to the 2002-03 All-NBA First Team after averaging 30.0 ppg (second in NBA), 6.9 rpg, 5.9 apg
  • Selected to the 2002-03 All-Defensive First Team
  • Became youngest player in NBA history to score 10,000 points, 3/5/03 vs. Indiana
  • A member of the 2002 Laker championship team averaging 26.6 ppg and 5.8 apg and in four games in the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets
  • Selected to the 2001-2002 All-NBA First Team after averaging 25.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 5.5 apg
  • Selected to the 2001-2002 All-Defensive Second Team
  • Was named MVP of the 2002 All-Star Game after tallying 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
  • Western Conference starter in his fourth straight All-Star Game
  • A member of the 2001 Laker championship team averaging 24.6 ppg and 5.8 apg in five games in the NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers
  • Selected to the 2001-2002 All-NBA Second Team
  • A member of the 2000 Laker championship team averaging 15.6 ppg and 4.6 apg in five games in the NBA Finals against the Indiana Pacers
  • Selected to the 1999-2000 All-NBA Second Team
  • Ranked 12th in the NBA in points per game (22.5) and 16th in the NBA in minutes per game (38.2)
  • Selected to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Defensive First Team and named to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Interview Second Team
  • Named the NBA Player of the Week for the week ending 4/16/00, averaging 29.7 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds
  • Hit the game-winning bucket with 2.6 seconds remaining, lifting the Lakers to a 97-96 win over Phoenix on 5/10/00 in game 2 of the series
  • Posted a career-high 40 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 8 assists against the Sacramento Kings on 3/12/00
  • Netted 15 points as a starter in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game
  • Named to the 1998-99 All-NBA Third Team after leading the Lakers in steals (1.44 spg) and ranking 2nd on the team in scoring (19.9 ppg, 15th in the NBA) and free-throw percentage (.839, 20th)
  • Logged 9 double-doubles and led the Lakers in scoring in 11 games in 1999
  • Scored 33 of his career-high 38 points (15-24 FG) in the 2nd half, adding 4 assists and 3 rebounds, in a 113-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on 3/21/99
  • Posted 26 points and career-highs of 13 rebounds and 9 assists against the Denver Nuggets on 2/22/99
  • Totaled 17 points and 4 rebounds, in his only start of the 1997-98 season, against the Portland Trail Blazers on 2/10/98
  • Became the youngest All-Star in NBA history, posting a team-high 18 points and 6 rebounds, in the 1998 NBA All-Star Game in New York
  • Teamed with Lisa Leslie of the WNBA's L.A. Sparks in the inaugural Nestle Crunch All-Star 2ball during All-Star Saturday
  • @@Scored a career-high 33 points, hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers, and grabbed 3 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls on 12/17/97
  • Has appeared in 20 career NBA Playoff games, averaging 8.5 ppg in 17.7 mpg
  • Named to the 1996-97 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, averaging 7.6 ppg and 15.5 mpg in 71 games
  • Won the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk during the 1997 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland and participated in the Schick Rookie Game, posting a rookie game-record 31 points and 8 rebounds
  • Made his first career start, scoring 12 points, against the Dallas Mavericks on 1/28/97
  • Made his NBA debut at the age of 18 years, 2 months and 11 days old, became the youngest player ever to appear in an NBA game, against the Minnesota Timberwolves on 11/3/96
  • Selected by USA Today and Parade Magazine as the National High School Player of the Year as a senior at Lower Merion H.S.