Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan: Assists Comparison Season By Season

Ike MontalboCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2010

Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan: Assists Comparison Season By Season

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 10: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass as Ronnie Brewer #11 of the Chicago Bulls defends at the United Center on December 10, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Lakers 88-84. NOTE TO USER: User ex
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    Here we are again. After 15 seasons in the NBA Jordan retired at age 40. Of course, there were a couple retirements and comebacks in-between. 

    Kobe Bryant is in his 15th season and so it is the perfect time to compare all aspects of their game as defined by numbers.

    Jordan was always a better passer than people thought and so is Kobe. 

    In the first story we compared MJ and KB when it comes to fg%, and Jordan easily won. In the second story we compared the two players defensive output, and Jordan won at an even higher rate.

    What about passing?

    These guys can score, but do they make their teammates better? Of course they do. Their presence alone makes the team better, but this will show how one player is considered the GOAT while another is the #9 greatest all-time. The differences over a career are what make one #1 and one #9.

Rookie Year

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    CHICAGO - APRIL 1985:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls passes the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks during an Eastern Conference First Round Playoff game April 1985 game at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. The Bucks won the series 3-1. (Ph
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    Jordan came out averaging 28.2 points and 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game, but he also dished it 5.9 times a game as a rookie. Instead of ROY he could have been MVP, in his first season!

    KB averaged 1.3 assists in limited time in his rookie year. It sucks to be compared to MJ as a rookie, doesn't it?

    Advantage: MJ

Season #2

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    24 May, 1998:  Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on court during the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Utah Jazz at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.  The Jazz defeated the Lakers 96-92. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsoh
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    Jordan broke his leg and only played 18 games and 25.1 minutes and he dished off 2.9 assists per in those games.

    Kobe played 26.0 minutes and passed off 2.5 assists per game. Since KB played 79 games and Mj played 18 we give the advantage to:

    Advantage: KB

Season #3

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    1987-1988:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls talks to teammates during the game.   Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons  /Allsport
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    Jordan averaged an outlandish 37.1 points, 5.2 reb, 2.9 stl and 1.5 blk! He also somehow added 4.6 assists to teammates who barely existed.

    Kobe averaged 3.8 assists in 38 minutes a night, and 19.9 points,

    Advantage: MJ

Season #4

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    25 Dec 2000:  Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers moves with the ball during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. The Trail Blazers defeated the Lakers 109-104.   NOTE TO USER: It is expressly
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    Jordan was NBA MVP with 35.0 points and a defensive payer of the year award. He also amazingly added 5.9 assists per game. He kept the team afloat, almost alone.

    Kobe had Shaq to pass to and he dished out 4.9 assists to go with 22.5 points. 

    Advantage: MJ

Season #5

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    1989:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls points and walks with the ball during the game.   Mandatory Credit: Tim DeFrisco  /Allsport
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    Jordan almost averaged a triple double this season including 32.5 pts, 8 rebounds and an amazing 8 assists per game. He had one stretch in the season with 11 straight games with over 10 assists. He also averaged over 30 points in those games. He played PG alot this season.

    Kobe averaged 5.0 assists and many of those went to Finals MVP Shaq.

    Advantage: MJ

Season #6

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers moves the ball during the NBA game against the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena on December 19, 2002 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Nets won 98-71.  NOTE TO US
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    Adding 6.9 assists per game to 33.6 points on 53% fg shooting is amazing. We have seen no such thing since then. MJ #1

    KB dished off 5.5 assists per and also 25.2 points on 47% shooting. Close? Not really.

    Advantage: MJ

Season #7

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    1 Nov 1991:  Guard Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls (center) works against the Philadelphia 76ers during a game at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bulls won the game, 110-90. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    In MJ's first title season he passed it off for 5.5 assists. He added 31.5 pts on 54% shooting. He actually had teammates by 1991.

    KB and the Lakers did not make the finals but KB did pass off for 5.9 assists and 30.0 pts on 45% shooting.

    Advantage: Tie 

Season #8

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    LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 28: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to move the ball against the Toronto Raptors on December 28, 2004 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 117-99.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Jordan schooled the league and didn't even have to try too hard this time. He averaged 6.1 assists and 30.1 points.

    KB scored 24.0 ppg and 5.1 assists on a star laden team, and then the Lakers lost in the Finals. MJ never lost in the Finals.

    Advantage: MJ

Season #9

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    22 Apr 1993:  Guard Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls  dribbles the ball hard up the court on a fast break during a game against the Detroit Pistons at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  Dennis Rodman from the Detroit Pistons is watching in th
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    Finals MVP threepeat. MJ averaged 32.6 pts and 5.5 assists per game.

    KB did not have Shaq or make the playoffs but he did average 27.6 points and a career high 6.0 assists. 

    Advantage: Tie

Season #10

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 25:  Guard Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat passes around guard Kobe Bryant #24, forward Vladimir Radmanovic #10 and guard Jordan Farmar #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers on December 25, 2006 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. T
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    Jordan was gone for almost two years and then he came back for 17 games and averaged 5.3 assists, leading Chic. to a 13-4 record to finish the season. 

    Kobe scored a career high points and passed off for 4.5 assists. Since MJ played only 17 games, we go with...

    Advantage: KB

Season #11

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    14 Dec 1996:  Guard Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls (left) moves the ball as Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Smith covers him during a game at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bulls won the game, 87-82. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /All
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    Mj was 33 and NBA MVP and leading scorer, and he added 4.3 assists per game too. This squad went 72-10.

    KB averaged 5.4 assists in the season the Lakers lost in the first round.

    Advantage: KB

Season #12

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    NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 23:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against James Posey #41 of the New Orleans Hornets on December 23, 2008 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees
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    Jordan led the league in scoring and played a true SG role. He added 4.3 assist per game at age 34.They repeated as champs after going 69-13.

    KB had Gasol to pass to and the team lost to the Celtics in the finals. KB averaged 5.4 assists per game.

    Advantage: KB

Season #13

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    10 Jun 1998:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls in action against Chris Morris and Howard Eisley of the Utah Jazz during the NBA Finals Game 4 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bulls defeated the Jazz 86-82. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan
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    MJ got his 5th NBA MVP and 6th Finals MVP but he averaged only 3.5 assists per game at age 35.

    KB won a title without Shaq. Thanks Gasol! KB passed off for 4.9 assists per game. 

    Advantage: KB

Season #14

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    DALLAS - JANUARY 13:  Guard Kobe Bryant #24, Jordan Farmar #1 and Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers on January 13, 2010 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/o
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    Jordan was out for four years and then here at age 39 he averaged 22.9 points and 5.2 assists per game!

    KB and the Lake Show added another ring to LA's history. KB led the way with 5.0 assists per game.

    Advantage: MJ

Season #15

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    PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 16:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Washington Wizards on the court during the final NBA game of his career, played against the Philadelphia 76ers at First Union Center on March 30, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Sixers won 107-8
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    In his final season at age 40 MJ put in his lowest 20.0 ppg. Nice. He added 3.8 assists for the crappy Wizards.

    KB is now averaging 4.5 assists.

    Since MJ was 40 and KB is only 32- I gotta go with...

    Advantage: MJ

CAREER

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    WASHINGTON - APRIL 14:  Michael Jordan #23 of the Washington Wizards head up court during the NBA game against the New York Knicks at MCI Center on April 14, 2003 in Washington, DC.  The Knicks won 93-79.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and ag
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    For his career Jordan played in 1072 games and totaled 5,633 assists for a per game average of 5.3 assists!

    Kobe has played in 1,047 games so far and dished it for 4,888 assists for a career average of 4.7 per game.

    KB had better teammates in his career and better scorers but averaged less assists.

    Jordan was a better shooter, defender and passer. Read my last three stories or just look it up for yourself What s next? Rebounding? Yep, that's my next story!!!

    Kb #9 greatest ever - MJ #1 ever - these are three stories straight why that is so obvious.

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