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Kobe Bryant: Greatest Laker Of All Time.

by Terrell_Jefferson | Posted on Sunday, January 6th, 2013
This is no disrespect to Magic Johnson, nor is it downplaying his greatness. Magic will always be one of the greatest Lakers of all time, but Kobe Bryant has surpassed him as the greatest Laker of all time. Kobe may not be as loved as Magic, but as far as a player, he has surpassed him.
Kobe has been with the Lakers 17 seasons; that is half his life. He became a starter at 19. Kobe has broken and set almost every Lakers record. That’s a lot to say for a franchise that has been around as long as the Lakers have been around.
Jerry West made one of the greatest trades ever. He got Kobe in a trade from the then Charlotte Hornets to acquire the 17 year old Kobe. Kobe was the 13th overall pick in the ’96 draft. He is still going strong in his 17 year at age 34. He is currently leading the NBA in scoring.
Kobe Bryant is nearing the end of an illustrious career that has many records and milestones he has set for this Lakers franchise. Magic Johnson fans may not like this, but Kobe is the greatest, Magic is just the most beloved Laker ever, no one will surpass Magic in that rank. Kobe is ahead of him, but not by much.
Magic Johnson stated himself: “Kobe is the greatest Laker of all time”, when he won his fifth championship in 2010. Athletes are egocentric. Magic wouldn’t have utter those words if he didn’t mean them or if Kobe didn’t earn it.
Here are a list of Kobe’s accomplishment in his 17 year NBA Career thus far.
“5-time NBA champion: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010[13][14][15]
7 NBA Finals appearances: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010[13][14][15][16][17]
2-time NBA Finals MVP: 2009, 2010
NBA Most Valuable Player: 2008[7][18][19]
2-time scoring champion: 2006, 2007[20]
14-time NBA All-Star: 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012[9]
14 consecutive selections, 13 consecutive appearances (No All-Star game in 1999 due to a league-wide lockout)[9][21]
Missed the 2010 game due to injury[22]
4-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011 (shared the 2009 award with Shaquille O’Neal)[23]
14-time All-NBA Team selection:
First team: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012[24][25]
Second team: 2000, 2001[24][25]
Third team: 1999, 2005[24][25]
12-time All-Defensive Team selection:
First team: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011[26][27]
Second team: 2001, 2002, 2012[26][27]
NBA All-Rookie Team selection:
Second team: 1997[28][29]
NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion: 1997[30]
16-time Player of the Month: December 2000, November 2001, January 2003, March 2004, January 2006, April 2006, December 2006, March 2007, April 2007, February 2008, April 2008, December 2008, January 2009, December 2009, March 2011, December/January 2012[9]
Player of the Month was awarded separately to Eastern and Western Conference starting from the 2001–02 season.[31]
NBA regular season leader:
games played: 1998–99 (50), 2007–08 (82), 2008–09 (82)[9]
usage percentage: 2005–06 (38.7), 2010–11 (35.1), 2011-12 (35.7)[9]
points: 2002–03 (2,461), 2005–06 (2,832, 7th in NBA history),[32] 2006–07 (2,430), 2007–08 (2,323)[9]
points per game: 2005–06 (35.4, 8th in NBA history),[33] 2006–07 (31.6)[9]
field goals attempted: 2005–06 (2,173), 2006–07 (1,757), 2007–08 (1,690), 2010–11 (1,639), 2011-12 (1336)[9]
field goals made: 2002–03 (868), 2005–06 (978), 2006–07 (813)[9]
free throws attempted: 2006–07 (768)[9]
free throws made: 2005–06 (696), 2006–07 (667)[9]
2nd most points in a game: 81 (on January 22, 2006 vs. the Toronto Raptors)[5][6]
NBA playoffs leader:
win shares: 2001 (3.8)
points: 2004 (539), 2008 (633), 2009 (695), 2010 (671)
points per game: 2003 (32.1), 2007 (32.8), 2008 (30.1)
minutes played: 2002 (833), 2004 (973)
field goals made: 2004 (190), 2008 (222), 2009 (242), 2010 (234)
field goals attempted: 2002 (431), 2004 (460), 2008 (463), 2009 (530), 2010 (511)
free throws made: 2004 (135), 2008 (157), 2009 (174), 2010 (154)
free throws attempted: 2008 (194), 2010 (183)
steals: 2000 (32), 2009 (38)”
“Most All-Star Game MVP awards won, career: 4 (tied with Bob Pettit)
Most All-Star Game points scored, career: 271[34]
Most All-Star Game field goals made, career: 111
Most offensive rebounds in an All-Star Game: 10
Most All-Defensive First Team honors won, career: 9 (tied with Michael Jordan, Gary Payton, and Kevin Garnett)
Most three-point field goals made, one game: 12 (on January 7, 2003 vs. Seattle SuperSonics; shared with Donyell Marshall)[35]
Most three-point field goals made, one half: 8 (on March 28, 2003 vs. Washington Wizards; shared with 5 other players)[35][36]
Most three-point field goal attempts, career-playoffs: 882[37]
Most field goal attempts, career-playoffs: 4,499
Most three-point field goal attempts, career-finals: 153
Most free throws made, four-game playoff series: 51 (second round vs. Sacramento Kings, 2001)[38]
Most points scored in one arena, career: 13,812 (as of March 9, 2012, at Staples Center, Los Angeles)[39][40]
Surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon, the previous holder of the record[40]
Youngest player to score 20,000 points: (29 years, 122 days)[41]
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record[41]
Became one of only three players to reach the milestone under the age of 30. The other two are Chamberlain (29 years, 134 days)[41] and Michael Jordan (29 years, 326 days).[42]
Youngest player to score 22,000 points: (30 years, 99 days)[43]
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record[43]
Youngest player to score 23,000 points: (30 years, 171 days)[44]
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record[44]
Youngest player to score 24,000 points: (31 years, 76 days)[45]
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record[45]
Youngest player to score 25,000 points: (31 years, 151 days)[46]
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record[46]
Youngest player to score 26,000 points: (32 years, 80 days)[47]
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to score 27,000 points: (32 years, 160 days)[48]
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to score 28,000 points: (33 years, 131 days)[49][50]
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to score 29,000 points: (33 years, 199 days)[51]
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to score 30,000 points: (34 years, 104 days)[52]
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to be named to the NBA All-Rookie Team: (1996–97)[53]
Youngest player to be named to the NBA All-Defensive Team: (1999–00)[53]
Youngest player to start a game: (18 years, 158 days)[1]
Youngest player to start an All-Star game[53]
Youngest player to win the NBA Slam Dunk Championship: (18 years, 169 days)[54]
Only player in NBA history to score at least 600 points in the postseason for three consecutive years.[55]
633 (2008), 695 (2009), 671 (2010)[55]“
“Youngest player to score 18,000 points: (28 years, 156 days)
Surpassed by Lebron James (27 years, 35 days) on February 3, 2012.
Youngest player to score 15,000 points: (27 years, 136 days)[56]
Surpassed by LeBron James (25 years, 79 days) on March 19, 2010[57]
Youngest player to score 10,000 points: (24 years, 193 days) on March 4, 2003[1][58]
Surpassed by LeBron James (23 years, 59 days) on February 27, 2008[59]
Youngest player to appear in an NBA game: (18 years, 72 days) on November 3, 1996[53]
Broken by Jermaine O’Neal and Andrew Bynum[53]“
Here are is Lakers Records
“Most seasons played
17 (1996–1997 to 2012–2013)
Most playoff seasons played
15 (1997 – 2004, 2006 – 2012)
Games
Most career regular-season games played: 1,161[60]
Most career playoff games played: 220[61]
Points
Career: 29,726 (as of November 17, 2012)[62]
Surpassed Jerry West, the previous holder of the record, on February 1, 2010[63]
Career, playoffs: 5,640 (as of May 12, 2011)[62]
Surpassed Jerry West, the previous holder of the record, on April 23, 2010)[64]
Season: 2,832 (2005–06)[9]
Game: 81 (on January 22, 2006 vs. Toronto Raptors)[5][6]
Half: 55 (2nd half, on January 22, 2006 vs. Toronto Raptors)[5]
Quarter: 30 (twice, most recently on November 30, 2006 in 3rd quarter vs. Utah Jazz)[5]
Games scoring 60 points or more, career: 5 (as of March 22, 2011)[65]
Games scoring 50 points or more, career: 24 (as of March 22, 2011)[65]
Games scoring 50 points or more, season: 10 (2006–07)[1]
Games scoring 40 points or more, career: 114 (as of January 13, 2012)[63]
Games scoring 40 points or more, season: 27 (2005–06)[66]
Bryant goes in for a layup in a 2010 game against the Magic.
Consecutive games of 50 points or more: 4 (March 16–23, 2007)[67]
Behind Wilt Chamberlain (7 consecutive games five times in 1961–62)[67]
Consecutive games of 40 points or more: 9 (February 6–23, 2003)[68]
Tied with Michael Jordan (1986–87) and behind Wilt Chamberlain (14 consecutive games twice in 1961–62 and 10 consecutive games in 1962–63)[68][69]
Career attempts: 22,866 (as of November 17, 2012)[70][62]
Career: 10,286 (as of March 9, 2012)[71]
Career, playoffs: 2,014 (as of May 12, 2011)[72]
Career attempts, playoffs: 4,499 (as of May 12, 2011)[73]
Half: 18 (2nd half, on January 22, 2006 vs. Toronto Raptors)[5][74]
Half attempts: 28 (tied with Elgin Baylor; on November 17, 2002 at Boston Celtics)[74]
Half, playoffs: 12 (tied with Elgin Baylor; on April 20, 2003 at Minnesota Timberwolves)[75]
Quarter: 11 (twice, most recently on January 22, 2006 vs. Toronto Raptors)[74]
Quarter attempts, playoffs: 13 (tied with 3 players; on May 13, 2003 at San Antonio Spurs)[75]
Free throws made and attempted
Career: 7,463 (as of November 17, 2012)[71][62]
Career attempts: 8,903 (as of November 17, 2012)
Career, playoffs: 1,320 (as of June 18, 2011)[61][76]
Career attempts, playoffs: 1,617 (as of June 18, 2011)[61]
Game: 23 (twice, most recently on January 31, 2006 vs. New York Knicks)[74][77]
Game, playoffs: 21 (on May 4, 2008 vs. Utah Jazz)[75][78]
Half: 17 (on January 30, 2001 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)[74]
Quarter: 14 (on February 27, 2007 vs. Utah Jazz)[74]
Quarter, playoffs: 11 (tied with 3 players; on May 8, 1997 vs. Utah Jazz)[75]
Most free throws in a game without a miss, playoffs: 18 (May 18, 2012)
Consecutive: 62 (January 11–22, 2006)[5][74]
Three-point field goals made and attempted
Career: 1,521 (as of November 17, 2012)[1][74]
Career, playoffs: 292 (as of March 9, 2012)[79]
Game: 12 (on January 7, 2003 vs. Seattle SuperSonics)[74][80]
Half: 8 (1st half, on March 28, 2003 vs. Washington Wizards)[74][81]
Consecutive: 9 (on January 7, 2003 vs. Seattle SuperSonics)[80]
Career attempts: 4,511 (as of November 17, 2012)[62]
Career attempts, playoffs: 882 (as of June 18, 2011)[37]
Season attempts: 518 (2005–06)[1][74]
Game attempts: 18 (on January 7, 2003 vs. Seattle SuperSonics)[74][80]
Steals
Career: 1,734 (November 17, 2012)
Half: 6 (tied with 3 players; on February 13, 2006 vs. Utah Jazz)[74]
Quarter, playoffs: 3 (five times, tied with 9 players; most recently on June 15, 2008 vs. Boston Celtics)[75]
Minutes played
Career: 42,705 (as of November 17, 2012)[70][82]
Career, playoffs: 8,641 (as of June 18, 2011)[70][83]“
Miscellaneous Records
“Most points scored at modern Madison Square Garden (IV): 61 (on February 2, 2009 vs. New York Knicks)[65]
Most points scored in Christmas Day games: 383 (as of December 25, 2012)[84]
Surpassed Oscar Robertson[84]“
Other accolades for Kobe Bryant
“1995 Adidas Academic Betterment and Career Development (ABCD) Summer Camp Senior MVP[85][86]
1996 Naismith High School Player of the Year[85]
1996 Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year[85]
1996 McDonald’s High School All-American[85]
1996 USA Today All-USA First Team[85]
USA Today and PARADE’s 1996 National High School Player of the Year with a seasonal average of 30.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.8 blocks per game.[1]
Named Most Outstanding Player at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in his senior year[85]
The all-time leading scorer in Southeastern Pennsylvania school history with 2,883 points[1]
Surpassed Carlin Warley (2,441) and Wilt Chamberlain (2,359)[1][85]
Led Lower Merion High School to a 31–3 record, including 27 straight wins, and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class AAAA state title as a senior. The Aces defeated Erie Cathedral Prep 48–43 to win the gold (1996).[1]
Had his Lower Merion High School number 33 retired in 2002[87]
Became the 27th player to enter the NBA straight from high school (Jermaine O’Neal was the other player to do so in the 1996 NBA Draft)[85]
Won 5 ESPY Awards
2002,2009 Outstanding Team Award (Los Angeles Lakers)[88]
2006 Under Armour Undeniable Performance Award (Kobe Bryant’s 81 points)[88]
2008 Best NBA Player Award (Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers)[88][89]
2009 Best Team Award (Los Angeles Lakers)[88]
2010 Best NBA Player Award (Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers)[88]
Gold medal with Team USA, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship (Tournament of Americas)[90]
Gold medal with Team USA, 2008 Summer Olympics[90]
Gold medal with Team USA, 2012 Summer Olympics[90]
Sporting News NBA Athlete of the Decade (2000s)[91]
TNT NBA Player of the Decade (2000s)[92]
Ranked #12 in SLAM Magazine’s 2009 revision of the top 50 greatest players of all time (published in the August 2009 issue)[93]
Sports Illustrated Top 20 Male Athlete of the Decade (2000s) #7 (the only NBA player in the top 10)[94]
Ranked #10 in SLAM Magazine’s 2011 revision of the top 500 greatest players of all time (published in the February 2011 issue)[95]
Ranked #1 in Dime Magazine’s 2012 list of the top 10 greatest players since the year 2000 (published in the September 2012 issue)[96]“
Image from: Zimbio.com




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