Kobe Bryant
While there have been some valid criticisms of Kobe Bryant one thing can never be argued is his intense desire to win.

This was something that Kobe Bryant did a lot!

An All Star by his second season, Bryant emerged as one of the most exciting players in the game and would become one for the most prolific scorers in basketball history.  Bryant took his Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA Championships, and earned himself two scoring titles and an MVP along the way.

An eighteen time All Star, Kobe was also praised (though this was rarely discussed) for his defensive skills as he was also named to twelve All Defensive Teams and appropriately he made eleven First Team All NBA squads.  Bryant would also take the United States to two Gold Medals, and was named by TNT as the player of the 2000’s, a huge honor indeed!

Bryant, Duncan and Garnett.  Who wants to come with us to the 2019 Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony?

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Philadelphia Pennsylvania)
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 2021
  • Position: Shooting Guard, Small Forward
  • Played For: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 13th Overall in 1996
  • Major Accolades and Awards: MVP (1) (2007-08)
    NBA Finals MVP (2) (2009 & 2010)
    First Team All NBA (11) (2001-02, 2002-2003, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13)
    Second Team All NBA (2) (1999-2000 & 2000-01)
    Third Team All NBA (2) (1998-99 & 2004-05)
    NBA All Star (18) (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
    All Star Game MVP (4) (2002, 2007, 2009 & 2011)
    First Team All Defensive (9) (1999-00, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11)
    Second Team All Defensive (3) (2000-01, 2001-02 & 2011-12)
    Second Team All Rookie (1996-97)
    Most Field Goals (2002-03, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Most Field Goal Attempts (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13)
    Most Two Point Field Goals (2002-03, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Most Two Point Field Goal Attempts (2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Most Free Throws (2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Most Free Throw Attempts (2006-07)
    Most Points (2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2007-08)
    Highest Defensive Rating (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2012-13)
    Most Points per Game (2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Highest Usage Percentage (2005-06, 2010-11 & 2011-12)
    Championship Rings: (5) (Los Angeles Lakers, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 & 2010)
    Olympic Gold Medals: (U.S.A. 2008 & 2012)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (5) (2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (10) (2001-02, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Three Point Field Goals (1) (2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (12) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals (3) (2002-03, 2005-06 & 2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points (13) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (6) (1997-98, 1998-99, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (8) (2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2009-10, 2011-12 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Points per Game (13) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals per Game (3) (2002-03, 2005-06 & 2007-08)
    Top Ten Finishes: PER (11) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (8) (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (7) (1999-00, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09 & 2012-13)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (7) (2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 & 2012-13)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 3.   Free Throws Made: 8,378
    3.   Points: 33,643
    4.   Usage Percentage: 31.8
    6.   Field Goals: 11,719
    8.   Minutes Played: 48,637
    11. Three Point Field Goals: 1,827
    12. Points per Game: 25.0
    14. Three Point Field Goals: 1,827
    15. Games Played: 1,346
    16. Two Point Field Goals: 9,892
    16. VORP: 72.1
    18. Win Shares: 172.7
    24. PER: 22.9
    29. Assists: 6,306
    36. Box Plus/Minus: 3.9
    42. Minutes per Game: 36.1
    46. Defensive Rebounds: 5,548

Should Kobe Bryant be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 96.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.7%
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0 #3 Paul B 2018-08-25 02:43
They're different guys. Tim Duncan had a flair for consistency while Kobe had a consistent flair.

Kobe may be the most dedicated, driven, self-confide nt player in the history of the game of basketball. There may never have been a more versatile, unstoppable backcourt scorer and he was a great defender too. He was one of the most spectacular players of all time.

Kobe was the player teams feared to face because he was so good he could beat even a very talented squad without much help and even if he didn't win he'd make everyone who tried to guard him look foolish. Bryant probably took and made more high degree of difficulty shots than any player ever. His skill level was incredible.

It says something that on the last day of the season when Golden State was going for the all time win record, fans chose instead to watch Kobe play his last game. Of course, Bryant delivered in spectacular style.
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0 #2 Committee Chairman 2018-08-07 03:30
Hello Guest. Please defend your argument with qualitative and/or quantitative points. You need to do better if you are going to participate here.
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0 #1 Guest 2018-08-06 01:54
Who is the idiot that made this page? Best retired player not in the hall is Kobe Bean Bryant.
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