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Cue Lakers fans screaming about Kobe being too low on this list. Kobe is still performing at a high level, scoring 25.5 points per game and dishing out 4.9 assists. He also grabs 5.3 rebounds per game, rounding out his stat sheet.
But to be honest, the Lakers as a team have been showing signs of slipping, and the blame for that may have to fall on Kobe. I feel that Kobe will have the Lakers in top form by the time the playoffs role around, and the Lakers will steamroll to the finals again.
The only other team that could stop them would be the Thunder in my opinion. No matter what people say about Kobe, he is still one of the top players in the league today. His fadeaway is unstoppable. I have yet to see a way to stop it short of triple teaming him. And he can drain it from three point range as well, making it even deadlier.
He is also one of the few players in sports today that can be referred to by only one name. When people can say only your first name and everyone knows who they're referring to, then you know you're a superstar. (Or a soccer player. Seriously, do any of them have last names? Or first names?)