1) Inside Scoring: A
When he’s near the basket, he’s nearly unstoppable.
2) 3-Point Shooting: A-
He’s known for hitting the big time shots, but his shooting percentage must increase from behind the arc if he hopes to one day be considered Jordan-esque.
3) Dunking: A
He is a very, very solid dunker.
4) Passing: B-
Kobe Bryant’s passing skills have improved very much over the years. However, they may never be as good as LeBron’s.
5) Offensive Rebounding: C+
Kobe averages 1.1 offensive rebounds per game in his career. He has shown the ability though to grab offensive rebounds when they matter the most, thereby constituting a slightly higher grade than I normally would have given.
6) Defensive Rebounding: B-
He averaged 6.3 rebounds per game last season. That’s not too bad for a shooting guard.
7) Ball Handling: A
Kobe controls the ball like a point guard, and he moves with the rock as well as anyone in the game.
8) Stealing: A-
With an average of 1.8 steals per game last season, Kobe has shown that he can take the ball away when he wants to.
9) Blocking: C
He doesn’t get many blocks, but he has shown the ability to get one or two in clutch situations.
10) Defensive Pressure: A-
An All NBA first team defender, Kobe can defend on the perimeter as well as anyone in the game.
11) Free Throw Shooting: B+
An 84 percent free throw shooting rate is very good. Could it be better? Yes.
Overall Grade: A