Kobe Bryant is regarded by most as one of the best basketball players to have ever played in the NBA. But there are not many that believe he is actually the best player to have ever played the game.
Well, add one man to the list. That is because a certain NBA player has come out this week and shared his love for Kobe Bryant via Twitter.
That man is Detroit Pistons' Brandon Jennings, and his comments regarding Kobe Bryant even meant Jennings' name ended up trending on Twitter.
Why is Kobe the best?
But what was the crux of his reasoning for the comments? Well it seems that Jennings believes that Kobe Bryant was more of a leader in his team, whereas Michael Jordan had more help on his way to his six championships.
Debatable comments to say the least, but let's take a look at what he had to say first before we analyse things further.
"Michael Jordan had more 'help' winning his rings then Kobe. #debate. Kobe had Shaq. MJ had Pippen, Dennis, Ron Harper, Horace Grant, Steve Kerr, Toni Kukoc, John Paxson, B.J. Armstrong," Jennings explained via Twitter.
"MJ never won without Pippen. Kobe won 2 rings without another great on his team. Kobe is The Goat."
Asked what his point was by a Twitter user, Jennings gave a more definitive answer that provides a big talking point while we've not got much basketball action to watch.
"'@BrandonJennings what are you trying to say?!' - Kobe is really the greatest ever." Jennings responded.
Before we make our very own definitive answers, let's just take a look at the stats to compare the two ballers. Point per game and assists per game are two great ways to compare the two greats.
Michael Jordan scored 30.1 points per game during his NBA career, but Kobe Bryant has only managed 25.5 points per game. I say only, it's pretty awesome. But we are comparing greats here.
Moving onto assists, Kobe's managed 4.8 assists per game in his career, but Jordan bettered that with 5.3 assists per game.
Jordan obviously has the most important statistic as well, six NBA titles to Kobe's five .
Yes it's true that Michael Jordan probably had more help than Kobe Bryant did, especially seeing as Kobe pretty much did things on his own in the Lakers last two championships.
But Jordan's stats are much better than Kobe's. And even with more help, it's unlikely that Kobe could have surpassed Michael Jordan's stats.
However, Kobe with more help probably would have meant Kobe with more rings. So again the question remains NBA fans. Who do you think is the better player? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.
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