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5. Kobe Bryant
When the dust settled on one of the most chaotic seasons in Laker history, the team found themselves at 7th place in a first round match-up against the Spurs. But the man whose tireless work ethic and never-say-die attitude carried them there wouldn’t be on court for the playoff journey ahead due to a season-ending injury. Currently adopting his role as a Twitter Superstar, Kobe Bryant was magnificent this season, shooting at close to his career-best percentage from the field (46.4 percent), scoring amongst the league’s top players (27.3 ppg), and improving his passing game to average more assists than he had his whole career (6.0 apg).