Injured Wrist? Kobe Shows Otherwise

11 01 2012

Prior to Wednesday, Bryant held the season high for points in a game with 39 against the Golden State Warriors. He decided he might as well pass that up against the Suns.

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 99-83, in a game with one player stealing the show – Kobe Bryant. Putting up 31 of the Lakers 80 shots for the night, the Black Mamba connected on 18 of those attempts and collected 48 points. This season, no one else in the league has surpassed the 40 point mark yet. This is the 108th time the player formerly wearing #8 has put up 40 points or more… wow.

No matter whether you like his attitude on and off the court (I don’t) or the way he shoots so many shots (I don’t), his greatness can’t be denied. The media loves to point out how jumpers now make up more of his offensive skill set than when he was younger, but why does it matter? He finds a way – no matter with jump shots, lay-ups, or dunks – to put the basketball through the hoop. A lot.

The youngest player to start in an NBA game currently has the 6th most points all-time with 28,144 total points and will most likely pass former teammate Shaquille O’Neal by the end of the season. If Bryant can be anywhere close production-wise to what he’s done throughout his career during the next three seasons (his game right now is showing no signs of slowing down with his already 27.6 ppg), he will easily become 3rd on this list, passing up the player he has constantly been compared to – Michael Jordan.

 

Top 10 NBA All-Time Points Leaders:

1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 38,387
2 Karl Malone 36,928
3 Michael Jordan 32,292
4 Wilt Chamberlain 31,419
5 Shaquille O’Neal 28,596
6 Kobe Bryant 28,192
7 Moses Malone 27,409
8 Elvin Hayes 27,313
9 Hakeem Olajuwon 26,946
10 Oscar Robertson 26,710

green indicates active players

 

*Even though most people discuss Kobe Bryant on the offensive side of the court, it shouldn’t go unnoticed that he is tied with Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, and Kevin Garnett for most NBA All-Defensive First Team honors, recieving this placement 9 times.

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