By the standards to which the rest of the league might hold itself, Kobe Bryant is having a great season: His Los Angeles Lakers are 21-7 and own a commanding seven-game lead in the Pacific Division. Meanwhile, Bryant himself is averaging 25.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.29 steals per game.
Of course, Bryant is not the rest of the league, and he and his teammates expect much more of themselves. The Lakers suffered their first four-game losing streak in three and a half years earlier this season, and stand third in the Western Conference as of Monday.
The onus for that pseudo-struggle does not fall entirely, or even primarily, on Bryant's shoulders, but the Lakers do need to step up to regain their place at the top of the NBA heap. Read on for full report cards on every Lakers contributor, to see who has done ace work and who needs to hit the books.