One of the best individual seasons in NBA history was Kobe Bryant’s 2005-06 campaign.
And before I get started, can any level-headed basketball fan honestly tell me it was because Kobe was being selfish. The man had to be selfish. Remember, this was before the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum becoming a perennial All-Star.
Outside of Lamar Odom, Kobe was playing with a collection of D-League caliber players. And that’s no exaggeration.
Now let’s take a look back.
Kobe averaged 35 points that season, including his 81-point affair, and his game against Dallas in which he scored 62 points through three quarters.
Also, he single handedly led the Lakers to 45 wins that season and a near upset of Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs. To say the Lakers overachieved that season would be a gross understatement.
Here are a couple of other bits of impressive information from Kobe's 2005-06 season:
- Averaged 43.4 points in January 2006. The highest scoring average for a month from any player other than Wilt Chamberlain.
- Became the only player since 1964 to score at least 45 points in four straight games.