Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has an ever-growing list of great performances over his now 15-year career. But some stand out above and beyond the normal, everyday, heroic efforts of this future Hall of Fame guard.
Whether you love Kobe or despise him, there is no denying he has had some of the more memorable performances in NBA history.
He's been able to do it as a young rising star during his duo days with Shaquille O'Neal. And he's been creating masterpieces as a savvy vet, returning to the mountaintop with two-straight NBA titles.
So what are Kobe's greatest performances? And, what is the criteria?
Well, to really transcend and standout, the key factors are:
Whether regular season or playoffs, some of Kobe’s performances simply are memorable, burned into every fan’s memory. You know the ones. These are the games we talk about not just days and weeks, but years afterward.
Some of Kobe’s top games are ones that were timely, a game that demanded a great performance. Whether the Lakers needed a victory, say for the playoffs, or Kobe was required to hit a winning shot at the buzzer, Kobe delivered. That's why he's known as one of the game's greatest closers.
All the greats give great performances when the games matter most. No different for Kobe.
While not every game's performance was all about Kobe putting up unreal numbers, it is certainly a factor.
So get ready. There's going to be little arguing on these games I'm about to hit you with.
Here are Kobe Bryant’s 20 greatest NBA performances.