It is surreal imagining Kobe not being able to perform at the level fans have become accustomed to throughout his career. But that time is slowly but surely on its way. After all, Father Time is undefeated.
So, assuming Kobe plays another five seasons, what will his statistics look like over that time period?
Let’s take a look.
The extra rest should help him going forward. Also, he will have something to prove after the Los Angeles Lakers' disappointing showing in the playoffs.
Projected Statistics: 24 points, 33 minutes, five rebounds and four assists.
This will be the season when Kobe Bryant’s statistics will start to decline, after another deep playoff run in 2011-12.
We may start seeing Kobe sit out a game every now and then to preserve some mileage for the postseason.
Projected Statistics: 21.5 points, 31 minutes, four rebounds and four assists.
This is the season when people will start mentioning Kobe Bryant and retirement in the same sentence.
Projected Statistics: 17 points, 29 minutes, three rebounds, four assists.
The mileage and nagging injuries on Kobe Bryant’s body will become more evident.
While he will still show an occasional flash of brilliance, Kobe will more or less be a valuable role player for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Projected Statistics: 14 points, 25 minutes, two rebounds, three assists.
The 2015-16 season will be the last of Kobe Bryant’s career. Bryant will sidestep the situation throughout the season, but after the Los Angeles Lakers are eliminated in the postseason, he will announce his retirement.
Projected Statistics: 10 points, 21 minutes, two assists and two rebounds.