Kobe Bryant has been unfairly painted as a bit of a "true scorer" over the course of his career. By this, I mean he's been accused of being a great scorer but not contributing very much elsewhere.
That's not entirely true. While he's not quite LeBron James when it comes to filling out the whole stat sheet, he's gotten the job done across the board more than he gets credit for doing.
He is only the seventh player in NBA history to log 25,000 points, 5,000 assists and 5,000 boards in his career. He is the only player to do all that and have more than 1,000 threes to his credit as well.
Kobe's field goal percentage is a tad low, but he more than makes up for it with a high free-throw percentage.
It's worth noting here that a player with a below average field-goal percentage isn't going to damage you nearly as much as a below average free throw percentage. Only 34 players in the NBA attempted more than than the 370 free-throw attempts that Dwight Howard took last year.
Even if you have Kevin Martin and Kevin Durant on your team, the two players who tied for the most made field goals and who both shot over .880 fro the stripe, the average from the three would be just .767 or just barely above the league-wide average of .763.
The reason is that Howard took such a huge volume of shots that the percentages are hard to offset. He took 37.0 percent more shots, and the difference in average was 28.4 percent.
In short, if your league keeps track of field goal percentage, you will be guaranteed to lose that category.
Comparably the difference between Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant in terms of field goal attempts is that Durant took 1,538 shots to get his 711 makes to Rose's 1,597, or about 3.6 percent fewer. Their difference in percentages was just 1.7 percent.
Because the disparity in both numbers and rates is so minimal, it's harder for one player to have such a strong down-pull.