Kobe Bryant: Comparing His Accolades to Michael Jordan's
Whether you are a Kobe Bryant fan, a Michael Jordan fan, a fan of both or a fan of neither, there is no denying that these players are two of the greatest of all time.
While this article will not give any opinion on who the better player is, it will provide a comparison of both players’ accolades.
13. Slam Dunk Contest
Michael Jordan won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1987 and 1988.
Kobe Bryant won the contest in 1997 as a rookie.
12. Scoring Titles
Kobe Bryant was the NBA scoring champion in 2006 and 2007, averaging 35 and 31 points, respectively.
Michael Jordan won the scoring title a record 10 times ('87–'93; '96–'98).
Jordan's career high for scoring average in a season is 37 points per game (1987).
11. Zen Is in
Besides being two of the most talented, accomplished players in NBA history, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan have something else in common.
They both had Phil Jackson as their head coach for each of their combined 11 championships.
10. Strong Supporting Casts
Both Kobe and Michael have had their share of quality teammates.
Jordan played with two Hall of Famers in Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman.
Kobe played with Shaquille O’Neal in the prime of his career, and now he has the privilege of playing alongside Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.
9. All-Star Accolades
Michael Jordan took home the All-Star Game MVP three times (1988, 1996 and 1998).
Kobe has won the award four times (2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011).
In addition, Kobe and MJ have been selected to play in 13 and 14 All-Star games, respectively.
8. Career Averages
In 1,072 regular-season games, Jordan averaged 30 points, five assists and six rebounds.
Through 1,103 regular-season games, Kobe has averaged 25 points, five rebounds and nearly five assists.
Jordan's Regular-Season Career High
69 points, March 28, 1990 vs. Cleveland
Kobe's Regular-Season Career High
81 points, January 22, 2006 vs. Toronto
7. Career Playoff Averages
In 179 career playoff games, Jordan averaged 33 points, six rebounds and nearly six assists.
Up to this point, Kobe has played 198 playoff games. In those games, Kobe has averaged 25 points, five assists and five rebounds.
Jordan's Career Playoff High
63 points, April 20, 1986 vs. Boston
Kobe's Career Playoff High
50 points, May 4, 2006 vs. Phoenix
6. All-Time Scoring
Kobe Bryant has been working his way up the all-time scoring list recently. Bryant currently sits in sixth place with 27,832 points.
Jordan retired in third place on the all-time scoring list with 32,292 points.
Considering Kobe probably still has a few good years left in the tank, it will be very interesting to see if he is able to pass Jordan.
5. All-Defensive Teams
Michael Jordan made the All-Defensive First Team nine times throughout the course of his career.
Kobe has made the All-Defensive First Team eight times in his career and the All-Defensive Second Team twice.
Jordan also won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 1988. That's quite possibly his most overlooked, underrated accolade.
4. All-NBA Teams
Michael Jordan made the All-NBA First Team 10 times and the Second Team once.
Kobe Bryant has made the All-NBA First Team eight times. In addition, he has made the Second and Third Teams twice for a grand total of 12 All-NBA selections.
Jordan was selected to his first All-NBA First Team in his third year in the league (1987).
Kobe was selected to his first All-NBA First Team in his sixth season (2002).
3. MVP Awards
As strange as it may seem, Kobe Bryant has won only one MVP award (2008).
Conversely, Jordan took home the award five times (1988, 1991, 1996, 1996 and 1998).
2. Finals MVP
Michael Jordan took home the Finals MVP award six times (1991, '92, '93, '96, '97 and '98).
Kobe Bryant has won two Finals MVP awards (2009 and 2010).
1. NBA Championships
Michael Jordan finished his career with six NBA championships.
Currently, Kobe has five championships, and he has a good chance to get his sixth this year.
However, Kobe’s teams lost twice in the Finals (2004 and 2008). On the other hand, Jordan's Bulls were a perfect 6-0.
With that being said, are Kobe’s championships more impressive?
Consider this: Jordan never had to play with an elite center in the prime of his career, and he never had to go through a rebuilding period like Kobe did from 2005–2007.