Kobe Bryant is a Los Angeles Lakers legend. There's no doubt about that, but how big of an NBA legend is he?
Now we are not here to discuss our NBA Mount Rushmore fab four or whatever. We're essentially here to discuss whether or not you, the reader, agrees with what Jamal Crawford said this week.
Kobe has dominated the NBA since his debut in 1996, but where does he rank amongst the greats in NBA history?
Crawford was doing his usual good will duties as a famous but modest basketball player this week as he put on a show at the Seattle Pro-Am League, with Kobe making an appearance at a game.
After speaking for a while pre-game, Crawford introduced Kobe Bryant. Now this wasn't a standard and mundane introduction. No. Crawford went for the all out legendary introduction.
Comparing Kobe to Michael Jordan, he said: "Here is this generation's Michael Jordan."
The new Jordan?
Now before you make your conclusion, which I'm already sure you know for certain, let's take a peek at the honors list. We need to delve a little more to see if Kobe honors stack up to Jordan's first.
Michael Jordan, as practically everyone knows, won six NBA titles during his career with the Chicago Bulls. He's regarded as the best basketball player of all time.
Kobe Bryant is a five-time NBA title winner with the Lakers, and some of those championships came when he was almost singlehandedly leading the Lakers. Both players have also scored more than 4,000 points in the playoffs, as well as 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists, with LeBron James the only other player to have ever achieved that.
But to truly compare the two we have to compare two key stats, points per game and assists.
Michael Jordan's average points per game was 30.1 in the regular season and 33.4 in the post-season, and Jordan's average assists per game was 5.3.
Kobe on the other hand has 25.5 average points per game in the regular season and 25.0 in the playoffs, and 4.8 average assists per game during his NBA career so far.
Not that these stats have to tell you, Michael Jordan is the better of the two players, but could he, like Crawford said, be classed as this generation's Michael Jordan?
I'll let you decide that by commenting in the box below. If you can't make your mind up, here's a little vine below to help you decide.
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