While Kobe leads the team in scoring—putting up 26.7 points per game—he's going about it in a rather inefficient manner.
Kobe is jacking up 21.1 shots per game, just shy of last year's 21.5 attempt rate. Keep in mind that he is doing this while playing five less minutes per game.
Kobe's field-goal percentage is currently tied for the second worst of his career at 42.8 percent. It doesn't help that he shoots 4.6 times from behind the arc while only converting on 31 percent of those shots.
He currently ranks sixth on my list of the best volume shooters in the NBA.
Can It Be Fixed?
Well, this is up to Kobe. He's a gunslinger at heart and that may never change.
Kobe may be a prolific scorer, but that's a gift and a curse.
He should know by now when he needs to take over a game and score and when he needs to defer to his teammates.
Ron Artest and Derek Fisher may be limited in their offensive abilities at this stage of their respective careers, but the Lakers have plenty of depth to make up for it.