I know I'm going to get a lot of flack for this one. But his Final's statistics cannot be ignored. Kobe consistently played very poorly in his Finals appearances, and if it weren't for Shaq, I doubt Kobe would have won any of his first three rings.
In his first Finals appearance, 2000, Kobe averaged a pedestrian 15.6 points per game while shooting a horrible 37 percent. All while only contributing four assists and four rebounds per game. If it were not for Shaq averaging 38 points and 17 rebounds per game, the Lakers would not have had a shot.
The next season, Bryant was at again. While he raised his totals to 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists, he only shot 41 percent from the field and was once again out-shined by O'Neal. Shaq put up 33 points and 16 rebounds per game.
In 2002 against the Nets, Kobe played his best postseason basketball. Putting up nearly identical numbers to his '01 performance while raising his shooting percentage to 51 percent. But yet again, the show was Shaq's who averaged 36 and 12 while taking home is third consecutive Finals MVP.
Kobe is one of the greatest players to ever play the game, but when he has been counted on in the Finals, he has not performed to the high standards he has set for himself. Often shooting poorly from the field and not getting his teammates involved.
He does have five rings, but it does not detract from how pedestrian he played in five of his six Finals appearances.