After 20 seasons in the NBA as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant established himself as one of the best players the league has ever seen, winning the NBA Championship five times, the Finals MVP award twice, the MVP award once, as well as 18 All-Star appearances.
What he managed to achieve during his career on the court has placed him on a likely path to be inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame on the first time of asking, which will be in 2021 if everything goes according to plan.
His NBA career was so great, the Lakers will retire the two numbers that he wore during his career, 8 and 24, later this season. It's a career that any player in the NBA today will find tough to match, but Black Mamba himself has named a player in today's NBA which reminds him the most of himself.
During a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Bryant was asked about which current NBA player reminds him the most of himself. The Lakers legend replied: "Russell Westbrook," of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It's easy to see why Bryant believes Westbrook is the player most like him in today's NBA. Both of them have a similar intense mindset whenever they are on the court that has helped them both be successful.
Since being drafted by the Thunder in 2008, Westbrook has six All-Star Game selections, two All-NBA First Team selections, four All-NBA Second Team selections, and an NBA MVP award to his name. He signed a $205 million deal with Oklahoma City last month, the richest contract in NBA history.
His MVP award came last season where he had one of the most productive campaigns a player has ever had in the NBA, as he averaged a triple-double for an entire season with a league-leading 31.6 points with 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds per game.
A comparison like this by Bryant shows just how good of a player Westbrook truly is. He just needs to add an NBA Championship to his name to show the world he really is one of the best players the league has ever seen.