The shooting guard position is one of the toughest roles to play in the NBA.
The best players at this position can be one of the primary ball handlers on their respective teams, possess an accurate outside shot, can dribble penetrate into opposing defenses, and guard against opposing fast breaks. Not to mention that they often lead their teams in scoring.
There are a lot of great shooting guards in the NBA today. Brandon Roy, Monta Ellis, Eric Gordon, Kevin Martin, Manu Ginobili, Ray Allen, Vince Carter, O.J. Mayo, Joe Johnson, and Dwyane Wade are among the best in the game.
While all of these players are amazing athletes in their own right, one player will once again shine above all others at the shooting guard position this season.
And his name is Kobe Bryant.
Kobe has almost always had a large list of detractors and skeptics over his career. Over this past offseason, many are quick to point out how Kobe Bryant is too old. He has too many serious injuries and recovering from his latest knee surgery will only slow him down.
After shooting 28 percent from the field during the preseason, some people suggest that this is a sign of things to come this year: more poor shooting from Mr. Bryant.
But we should know better than to doubt Kobe Bryant. He has proven us all wrong before and this year will be nothing new.
Here are 10 reasons why Kobe Bryant will continue to be the best shooting guard in the NBA this season.