Three reasons why Kobe Bryant has to be top five all-time

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It's Kobe Bryant day in the city of Los Angeles, but that doesn't mean those outside of the City of Angels can't appreciate the recently-retired legend.

Having turned 38 yesterday, the 24/8 will forever be known as a day of celebration as the basketball world remembers what a special talent he was.

Five titles, two finals MVPs, 18 All-Star selections, one MVP title, two scoring titles, 11 All-NBA first team selections and nine appearances in the All-Defensive first team show the makings of the man.

With retirement still fresh in the mind, we looked at some of the things that made Bryant the great player he was.


One, let's call it a criticism, throughout Bryant's career, was his tendency to shoot when there may have been a better option available.


It's something his detractors will often say was one of his downfalls, but one of the things many others loved him for. But for a player who 'never passed', he had pretty incredible assist stats.

He retired from the game in 134th in assists per game with 4.69 a night, if you're wondering, Michael Jordan was 93rd on 5.25, his best tally came in the 2013-14 campaign where he dished out 6.3 a game.


Forget the seasons where the Lakers dominated with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe, or the years where Pau Gasol helped the Mamba and Phil Jackson go back-to-back, the seasons between were extra special.

Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

During the two seasons where he was scoring champion (2005-06 and 2006-07), the Mamba did not have much in the way of support. Smush Parker, Luke Walton, Kwame Brown and Brian Cook were just some of his teammates, and those guys used to start.

He averaged 35.4 and 31.6 points per game during those seasons and led the Lakers to the playoffs both times.


Any player can do it over one season but to be so consistent throughout two decades was simply amazing.

Just looking at some of the names he went up against shows how special Bryant was; he took on Michael Jordan towards the end of the Chicago Bulls' 1990s dominance, he battled LeBron James throughout his prime, he went face-to-face with Dwyane Wade and played against a number of the game's greats throughout the 90s, 00s and 10s.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant really is one in a million.

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