Five NBA championships, two times finals MVP, one NBA MVP, four time All-Star MVP, fifteen All-Star appearances, and eleven NBA first-team appearances.
Sound familiar to you?
Kobe Bryant is one of the best basketball players to have ever played the game, but after the release of the recent 2013-2014 season player rankings, this legacy has been insulted.
Bryant was ranked 25th in the recent standings, leaving many NBA fans worldwide outraged.
After, some would say, carrying the Lakers to a spot in the playoffs last season, it was seen as almost certain that Kobe Bryant still, at the age of 35, is one of the best in the game. Averaging 27.3 points and six assists per game in the 2012-13 season, he was easily worthy of a top ten ranking.
Last season Bryant finished in the top ten in player efficiency rating, averaging 38.6 minutes per game.
In comparison to the players around Bryant's No. 25 ranking, it's a joke. Chris Bosh is ahead of him, despite consistently living in the shadows of James and Wade in Miami.
Compare him to Bryant and, although they are two completely different players, you can't help but question what was going through the mind of the person who came up with these rankings. Another player is John Wall. Although he is a very talented player with a lot of potential, you cannot compare him to Bryant who is on a completely different level.
Some would say that Bryan't injury is the reason for this outrageous ranking, but why should this affect how he played before the injury and how he will play when he returns. Because this is what most of the player's ranking is based on, with the exception of the odd player who impressed in the playoffs.
He was ranked sixth last year and has now dropped significantly to give way to players that could only dream of being as good as him.
Bryant said himself that "anyone who believes that I'm No. 25 player needs drug testing."
This doesn't show an arrogant nature, but a frustrated one, and he has every right to be.
Kobe Bryant is without a doubt still an All-Star, and All-Stars should not be ranked like this.
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