We Remember: 17-Year-Old Kobe Bryant Drops 36 Points in Summer League Game

Tristan ThornburghSocial Media StaffJuly 22, 2014

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For every Summer League star that has shined in the NBA there have been equally as many that never panned out. 

With the 2014 Summer League officially over and some fresh faces having stepped up, it's interesting to look back at how some proven NBA stars got their start.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was the first guard drafted into the NBA out of high school and had a lot to prove. In 1996, the then-17-year-old (wearing No. 32) dropped 36 points in a game versus the Phoenix Suns to lead the Lakers to a 107-100 victory.

By now we're used to seeing this type of dominance from Bryant, but it's interesting to look back and see Bryant excel at such a young age.

[LakerNation, h/t Next Impulse Sports, Ball Is Life]