Kobe Bryant scored 9 points on 3/11 shooting on Friday night vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. He is shooting 44% on the season and 45% for his career, with a career high fg% for a season of only 46.9%.
Not the numbers of a guy who would be compared to the GOAT, but I do it here anyway for the fun of it.
Kobe is in his 15th season so it is handy to compare the two season by season to see how different their scoring was.
Jordan finished his career with a 50% fg mark and amazingly finished his CAREER with a scoring average of 30.1. Wow, that is almost beyond possible. if I had not seen it with my very eyes. I saw Kobe's whole career too, and while it has been interesting, it is not up there with MJ.
In the last few stories we saw Kobe fell short dramatically to MJ in fg%, Rebs, steals, blocks and assists (closest was assists). Here we do the scoring comparison.
In order for a person to be the GOAT in my opinion, they must have been unstoppable from the first season all the way to the last. MJ did that! KB started out slow and then got good. That is not GOAT type stuff, but I think it is fun to compare them. Here we go kids...........
Kobe was 18. He skipped college. He came in on a star studded team. He averaged 7.6 points per game on 41% shooting. That alone, in my opinion takes him forever away from the GOAT question. No one that we consider GOAT would have a year like that; no matter what the excuse is. The GOAT would have to.....well....let's just go to MJ's rookie year.
MJ wasn't an 18 year old kid, he didn't skip college, and he averaged 28.2 points per game (51.5% fg) as a rookie. Jordan LED THE NBA IN TOTAL points as a rookie. Why? Leading scorer Bernard King averaged 32.9 ppg but only played 55 games. Bird scored over 29 a game but misses several games. MJ played all 82 games...and scored more pts. total than anyone in the NBA...as a rookie...that is GOAT type shit right there...
Uh...........nuff said there.
Another season that would not qualify a person for the GOAT issue is Kobe's second season. Yeah he got better, and put in 15.4 ppg. Good stuff for a guy who is learning the pro game. But the GOAT could never be a guy who put in 7 then 15 ppg in his first two seasons. Sorry - he's good but not GOAT good.
MJ broke his leg and only played 18 games but scored an amazing 22.7 points in only 25.1 minutes a night. Then he scored 63 in the playoffs which is STILL an all-time playoff high. Guarantee KB will never do that. Too late now. Scoring 81 on the 19 win-63 loss Raptors in the reg. seas. is nada compared to 63 vs. Bird, McHale, Parish, DJ, Ainge and Walton; the team that won the title in 1986!
KB averaged 19.9 points per game in his third season. Respectable. But not GOAT type stuff for a SG.
In 1987 MJ did what NO ONE except Wilt ever did. He scored over 3,000 points in a season and averaged an outlandish 37.1 ppg. People talk of the 81 points and 10 games over 50 points. but on the season KB didn't do this...so....night in and night out...this was greater.
Kobe started to get the hang of scoring with 22.5 points per game on 46.8% shooting. Pretty good.
Jordan was NBA MVP, defensive player of the year and put in an outrageous 35.0 ppg and the Bulls needed everything he did. The rest of the Bulls totally sucked.
In his fifth season Kobe finally put in a nice amount of points. He scored 28.5 ppg on 46% shooting. Shaq was Finals MVP....again.
In his fifth season MJ almost averaged a triple double with 32.5 ppg, 8 reb and 8 assists per game. He also did it by shooting an unbelievable 53.8% from the field!
Kobe shot a career high 46.9% from the field in 2002 and put in 25.2 ppg. Nice. Not GOAT, but nice.
MJ scored 33.6 points per game on 53% shooting from the field despite the roughest defense almost any layer has ever been put through.
KB wowed the world by scoring 30.0 points per game. Not enough for a first scoring title though.
MJ took his scoring down and put in 31.5 ppg, and the Bulls beat LA in the Finals. It was Jordan's fifth straight scoring title. In NBA history, is there anything scarier than what is about to happen to Byron Scott in the picture?
KB had GP, K. Mal and Shaq on his team and he scored 24.0 ppg. Could'a been higher if he would have shot way higher than 43.8% from the field.
MJ scored 30.1 ppg for his sixth straight scoring title. And remember all those three's vs. Portland in game one of the Finals? He shot the three so awesome right when it was needed. Fuck the regular season. Jordan saved the three for when it mattered.
Kobe had the entire Laker team all to himself for the first time, and the Lakers didn't even make the playoffs. He did score 27.6 points per game but it could have been way better if he had shot more than 43.3% from the field.
Nine seasons, seven straight NBA scoring titles, three straight finals mvp's and the he retired. He retired after averaging 32.6 points per game. WTF? That is just sick wit it. Oh yeah, he shot 50% on the season. How? How? How?
Kobe had his greatest season ever by shooting 45% and scoring 35.4 points per game. He had 81 and he also 62 in 3 quarters, but didn't score 3,000 points on the season. he also did not hit 1,000 field goals on the season. Jordan made over 1,000 field goals three times and over 990 field goals five times. Lakers lost in first round in KB's best individual scoring season. Hmm.
Mj only played 17 games in his comeback at age 32. He averaged 26.9 ppg. He was rusty, but he dropped a double nickel (55 pts on NY in his 5th game back)! The Bulls finished 13-4 with MJ in the lineup.
Kobe averaged 31.6 points per game to lead the NBA in scoring for his second..and last..time. He never won a title while leading the NBA in scoring.
Jordan led the Bulls to the greatest record ever with a 72-10 season. He also led the NBA in scoring (30.4 ppg) for the record eighth time at age 33. Wilt led the NBA in scoring seven times. Wilt NEVER won an NBA title when he was NBA leading scorer, MJ did it ALL SIX times.
Jordan 29.6 ppg. Age 34.
KB 28.3 ppg. Age 29.
MJ became the oldest scoring champ ever at age 35 with 28.7 ppg.
KB had Gasol and averaged 26.8 ppg.
Four years later............MJ was 39 years old in 2002 and led the Wiz in scoring with 22.9 ppg.
KB averaged 27.0 ppg at age 31.
Kb is averaging 26 ppg on 44% shooting at age 32, which is more than MJ averaged at age 40...but AT AGE 40 - MJ scored 20.0, his lowest ever. Not that it changes the outcome but scoring a record 20 ppg at age 40 is WAY more impressive.
KB has averaged 25.4 ppg for his career which is pretty good. He shot 45% to get there.
Let us see if you can truly comprehend this: MJ averaged 30.12 points per game for HIS ENTIRE CAREER!!! He AVERAGED 33.6 points per game for his ENTIRE PLAYOFF CAREER!!!
Do you get this? Now, that is truly amazing. Wilt's career average 30.07, #2 all-time.
Advantage: GOAT, aka, MJ - "get thee behind me Kobe"