Community Shootaround: Kobe Bryant’s Legacy

Kobe Bryant‘s storied career came to an end Wednesday night with the Lakers’ 101-96 victory over the Jazz in Los Angeles. The veteran shooting guard scored an amazing 60 points while shooting 22 for 50 from the field. Bryant’s remarkable career includes 18 trips to the All-Star game, where he won the MVP award on four occasions, one NBA MVP award, and most importantly — five NBA titles. The 37-year-old’s final career numbers are 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals over a total of 1,346 regular season contests. His slash line is .448/.331/.816.

Bryant had the reputation of being one of the fiercest competitors to ever play the game, a trait that didn’t always make him the ideal teammate. The Mamba reportedly scared away a number of the Lakers’ free agent targets over the years, and one can only wonder how many more titles he and Shaquille O’Neal could have snagged had the pair been able to coexist amicably. Love him or hate him, there’s no denying that Bryant was one of the greatest to ever step onto the hardwood, and the league won’t feel the same next year with him no longer a part of it.

This brings me to the topic for today: Where does Kobe Bryant rank among the greats who have played the game?

Give us your opinions on where Bryant lands in the all-time rankings, share your fondest memory from his career or take one last parting shot at the Mamba if you don’t count yourself among his fans. We look forward to what you have to say.

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nsmith12641
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nsmith12641
5 months 12 days ago

2nd, only behind Kirk Hinrich

ahale224
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ahale224
5 months 12 days ago

He comes in around 8 all time for me. It would be tough to leave him out of the top 10 no matter what. One of the most intense competitors in sports history.

mikey
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mikey
5 months 12 days ago

1-Jordan
2-Abdul jabbar
3-majic
4-wilt
5-Russell
6-bird
7-Robertson
8-Duncan
9-shaq
10-Kobe
Makes the top 10 barely

jrwhite21
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jrwhite21
5 months 12 days ago

This is a super interesting list. I don’t even think Duncan is in my top twenty.

mikey
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mikey
5 months 12 days ago

2 time mvp. 15 time Allstar. 15 time all nba player. 5 time nba champion. Averages 20 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks his career. Best power forward of all time without a doubt. Created a dynasty with the Spurs. And he doesn’t make your top 20?

Arthur Hill
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5 months 11 days ago

Duncan gets underappreciated because there’s nothing flashy about his game, but he’s definitely an all-time great. Arguably top 10, definitely top 20.

SoCalBaseballDude
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SoCalBaseballDude
5 months 12 days ago

I have watched and attended NBA games since 1957: The only players ahead of Kobe are: Jordan, Magic, Bird, Abdul-Jabbar, Russell, Wilt and the Big O. So….he comes in at #8. Shaquille is #9 and Duncan #10.

SoCalBaseballDude
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SoCalBaseballDude
5 months 12 days ago

Correction – I meant to say since 1967.

Chuck Myron
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5 months 12 days ago

He’s top 10, for sure. Maybe top five, but who do you bump? There’s no question in my mind that the three greatest players are Jordan, Wilt and Russell. So was Kobe better than Oscar Robertson, better than Kareem, better than Shaq, his own teammate? Will he be better than LeBron once LeBron is finished? So hard to say.

hill
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hill
5 months 12 days ago

I never thought I’d say this but….ESPN had it right.
Kobe at #12 just behind Big O and just ahead of Jerry West and Dr. J.

link to espn.com.au

ahale224
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ahale224
5 months 12 days ago

Only Kareem has more all star appearances. 3rd all time scorning. 9 first team NBA defensive selections(which matches Michael Jordan). I don’t want to be his team mate, but loved watching him play. Look at the list of players to score 60 in a game. Only Wilt did it more I believe.

ahale224
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ahale224
5 months 12 days ago

Lebron is not top 10. Gotta win championships.

Z-A
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Z-A
5 months 12 days ago

How many NBA championship games in a row has he gone to? With 2 different teams…Who else is doing that? LBJ will be top 10 eventually just not yet.

Italian Stallion
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Italian Stallion
5 months 12 days ago

I have Kobe at 7 or 8

BSPORT
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BSPORT
5 months 12 days ago

Has anybody ever heard of Karl Malone? Or maybe the guy on the nba logo Jerry West? Not sure how the could not possibly make your top 10. Bill Russell should be better than a 5. I’m a lifetime lakers fan and loved Kobe but all time he doesn’t make top 10.

Z-A
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Z-A
5 months 11 days ago

Hard to crack the top 10 in the NBA. West is like a Top 25, Malone is Top 15.

Connorsoxfan
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Connorsoxfan
5 months 11 days ago

Karl who? ;)

prosportsisentertainment
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prosportsisentertainment
5 months 12 days ago

Top 10:
Jordan
Magic
Big O
Russell
Duncan
Bird
Shaq
Havlicheck
West
Baylor

BTW Why is no one mentioning his rape case as part of his legacy?

Connorsoxfan
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Connorsoxfan
5 months 11 days ago

Because this is basketball related.

prosportsisentertainment
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prosportsisentertainment
5 months 10 days ago

well played Connor

Z-A
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Z-A
5 months 11 days ago
Here’s my top 10 based on 1 (# of times in the top 10 points, rebounds, steals, assists, blocks per game, PER, True Shooting PTC, Defensive Winshares, Total Winshares, and Value Over Replacement) + (Number of Championships) + (Number of MVP Awards). The “True Top 10” stops at David Robinson. 1. Kareem – 20 2. Russell – 19 3. Jordan – 16 4. Duncan – 12 5. Wilt – 11 6. LeBron – 10 6. Magic – 10 7. Kobe – 8 7. Shaq – 8 7. David Robinson – 8 The “True Top 10” stops at David Robinson b/c… Read more »
Connorsoxfan
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Connorsoxfan
5 months 11 days ago

Kobe is second best. Only behind Marcelo Huertas IMO

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