#8 & #24 Kobe Bryant

1996-2016

BIOGRAPHY

In a career that spanned two decades, Kobe Bryant rewrote NBA history while leading the Lakers to the summit of the NBA.

Drafted by Charlotte when he was only 17 years old, Bryant was quickly traded to the Lakers, who believed in his potential to become a superstar.

They were rewarded just three years later when Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal led the purple and gold to their first championship together. Kobe shined brightest in Game 4 of the Finals when Shaq fouled out of an overtime meeting with Indiana. Bryant took over, scoring 28 points and providing the game-winning basket in the final second.

Bryant went on to help the Lakers to two more championships, averaging 24.6 points against Philadelphia in 2001 and 26.8 points in a 2002 sweep over New Jersey.

Three years after the three-peat concluded, Bryant began led the league in scoring with 35.4 points per game in 2005-06. The following season, he repeated his scoring championship by putting up 31.6 points a night.

However, the following year may have been his finest, as he averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists en route to being named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the sole time in his career.

Bryant would go on to lead the Lakers back into the NBA Finals that season, though they fell to Boston in six games.

But the Lakers would return on a mission, as Bryant guided them to 65-17 record the following season. In his return to the Finals, Kobe singlehandedly dismantled Orlando, putting up 32.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists on his way to being chosen as NBA Finals MVP.

Vengeance was the theme for the following season, as the Lakers and Celtics found themselves destined for a rematch of the 2008 Finals. A heated series saw Los Angeles pushed to the brink of elimination, but the Lakers held on to force a winner-take-all Game 7.

In the most important game of his career, Kobe barely pushed the Lakers to victory with 23 points and 15 rebounds in the finale. His averages of 28.6 points, 8.0 boards, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals crowned him Finals MVP once more.

Bryant remained one of the league’s top weapons for the next few seasons, willing the Lakers to a playoff spot in 2012-13. However, that campaign was cut short by the first major injury of the last part of his career, as he tore his Achilles tendon in a late game against Golden State, though he didn’t leave the court until sinking two free throws to ice the victory.

From there, Bryant found himself constantly dogged by injuries. However, nothing would stop him from a legendary finale on April 13, 2016.

In the last game of his career, Kobe put on a show that only he could provide, dropping 60 points on the Utah Jazz. As a frenzied Staples Center chanted his name, Bryant caught fire in the final two minutes, scoring 13 straight points to rally the Lakers to victory.

As the buzzer sounded on that last performance, Bryant ended his career with one of the most impressive resumes in NBA history.

Five championships. One MVP. Eighteen All-Star selections. Eleven First Team All-NBA nods. Nine All-Defensive First Team honors. Four All-Star Game MVPs. Two Finals MVPs. One Slam Dunk Contest title.

And while he has scored the third-most points in league history (33,643), Bryant also sits as the Lakers’ all-time leader in several categories, including games (1,346), minutes (48,637), 3-pointers (1,827), free throws (8,378) and steals (1,944).

But perhaps the greatest number of Bryant’s career is 20 — the number of seasons he represented the Lakers and no other team.

KOBE BRYANT LAKERS STATS

Season Age G MPG FG FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT% REB AST STL BLK TOV PPGA TPPG
1996-97 18 71 15.5 2.5 5.9 .417 0.7 1.9 .375 1.8 4.0 .437 1.9 .819 1.9 1.3 0.7 0.3 7.6 539
1997-98 19 79 26 4.9 11.6 .428 0.9 2.8 .341 4.0 8.8 .456 4.6 .794 3.1 2.5 0.9 0.5 15.4 1220
1998-99 20 50 37.9 7.2 15.6 .465 0.5 2.0 .267 6.7 13.6 .494 .839 5.3 3.8 1.4 1.0 3.1 19.9 996
1999-00 21 66 38.2 8.4 17.9 .468 0.7 2.2 .319 7.7 15.7 .489 5.0 .821 6.3 4.9 1.6 0.9 22.5 1485
2000-01 22 68 40.9 10.3 22.2 .464 0.9 2.9 .305 9.4 19.3 .489 7.0 .853 5.9 5.0 1.7 0.6 28.5 1938
2001-02 23 80 38.3 9.4 20.0 .469 0.4 1.7 .250 9.0 18.3 .489 6.1 .829 5.5 5.5 1.5 0.4 25.2 2019
2002-03 24 82 41.5 10.6 23.5 .451 1.5 4.0 .383 9.1 19.5 .465 7.3 .843 6.9 5.9 2.2 0.8 30.0 2461
2003-04 25 65 37.6 7.9 18.1 .438 1.1 3.3 .327 6.8 14.8 .463 7.0 .852 5.5 5.1 1.7 0.4 24.0 1557
2004-05 26 66 40.7 8.7 20.1 .433 2.0 5.9 .339 6.7 14.2 .472 8.2 .816 5.9 6.0 1.3 0.8 27.6 1819
2005-06 27 80 41.0 12.2 27.2 .450 2.3 6.5 .347 10.0 20.7 .482 8.7 .850 5.3 4.5 1.8 0.4 35.4 2832
2006-07 28 77 40.8 10.6 22.8 .463 1.8 5.2 .344 8.8 17.6 .497 8.7 .868 5.7 5.4 1.4 0.5 31.6 2430
2007-08 29 82 38.9 9.5 20.6 .459 1.8 5.2 .344 7.6 15.5 .490 8.7 .868 5.7 5.4 1.4 0.5 28.3 2323
2008-09 30 82 36.1 9.8 20.9 .467 1.4 4.1 .351 8.3 16.8 .496 5.9 .856 5.2 4.9 1.5 0.5 26.8 2201
2009-10 31 73 38.8 9.8 21.5 .456 1.4 4.1 .329 8.5 17.4 .487 6.0 .811 5.4 5.0 1.5 0.3 27.0 1970
2010-11 32 82 33.9 9.0 20.0 .451 1.4 4.3 .323 7.6 15.6 .487 .828 5.1 4.7 1.2 0.1 3.0 25.3 2078
2011-12 33 58 38.5 9.9 23.0 .430 1.5 4.9 .303 8.4 18.1 .464 6.6 .845 5.4 4.6 1.2 0.3 27.9 1616
2012-13 34 78 38.6 9.5 20.4 .463 1.7 5.2 .324 7.8 15.2 .510 6.7 .839 5.6 6.0 1.4 0.3 27.3 2133
2013-14 35 6 29.5 5.2 12.2 .425 0.5 2.7 .188 4.7 9.5 .491 3.0 .857 4.3 6.3 1.2 0.2 13.8 83
2014-15 36 35 34.5 7.6 20.4 .373 1.5 5.3 .293 6.1 15.1 .401 5.6 .813 5.7 5.6 1.3 0.2 22.3 782
2015-16 37 66 36.8 28.2 6.0 16.9 .358 2.0 7.1 4.0 9.8 .410 .285 3.5 .826 3.7 2.8 0.9 17.6 1161
CAREER 1346 48637 11719 26200 .447 1827 5546 .329 9892 20654 .479 .837 7047 6306 1944 640 4010 33643

Thank You Kobe

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Kobe Bryant Highlights

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Thank You Kobe

Thank You Kobe. (04/13/16)
Apr 13, 2016  |  05:46

Kobe vs. The NBA: Toronto Raptors

Toronto: Eighty-One (Jan. 22, 2006)
May 5, 2015  |  05:13

Kobe vs. The NBA: Dallas Mavericks

Dallas: 62 In Three Quarters (Dec. 20, 2005)
May 5, 2015  |  00:39

Kobe's All-Star Moments

Kobe Bryant always puts on a show for All-Star. Let's take a look at some of his best moments before his final game tonight. (02/14/16)
Feb 14, 2016  |  02:36

NBA DIARY: Thierry Henry - One on One with Kobe Bryant

Thierry Henry goes one-on-one with Kobe Bryant over a number of topics including his retirement and some of his best moments as a Laker.
Mar 8, 2016  |  04:14

Best of Kobe Bryant Assists

In honor of Kobe Bryant reaching the 2nd-most assists in Lakers history tonight, here are some of his best dimes. (01/17/16)
Jan 17, 2016  |  02:49

Kobe in Boston

Kobe Bryant plays his last game in Boston tonight, in honor of that, here are some of his best moments against the Celtics.
Dec 30, 2015  |  01:43

2014-15 Highlights: Kobe Bryant

2014-15 Kobe Bryant highlights.
May 1, 2015  |  01:03

Kobe Bryant Career High in Assists (01/16/15)

Kobe Bryant set a career-high with 17 assists against the Cavs. Here's a look.
Jan 16, 2015  |  00:59

Kobe's 60-point Finale

Kobe Bryant put up 60 points with six threes, four dimes and four boards in the final game of his 20 year career.
Apr 13, 2016  |  01:53

Dear Kobe

Players from around the league give their thanks to Kobe Bryant and describe what he's meant to the game.
Apr 14, 2016  |  01:50

Kobe Bryant's Best Playoff Moments at the Staples Center

Check out Kobe Bryant's best playoff moments at the Staples Center.
Apr 12, 2016  |  05:27

Kobe Bryant's Final Speech

Kobe Bryant addresses the crowd following his amazing 60-point performance in his final game.
Apr 13, 2016  |  03:01

Kobe Bryant's Best Regular Season Moments at Staples Center

Check out Kobe Bryant's best regular season moments at Staples Center.
Apr 12, 2016  |  06:17

Kobe on his 81-point Game

Kobe Bryant sits down with Kristen Ledlow to talk about his 81-point game night against the Toronto Raptors.
Jan 20, 2016  |  02:40

Vintage Kobe

Kobe Bryant dribbles, pump fakes and leans in for two points.
Apr 3, 2012  |  00:00

Kobe Makes History

Kobe Bryant gets the steal and passes Magic Johnson as the Lakers' all-time steals leader.
Nov 4, 2012  |  00:00

Kobe Bryant's Career Milestones

Take a look at some of the major moments of Kobe Bryant's career as he moves into 3rd place on the all-time scoring list.
Aug 24, 2015  |  04:00

NBA's Tribute to Kobe Bryant at All-Star

The NBA paid tribute to Kobe Bryant prior to tonight's game. (02/14/16)
Feb 14, 2016  |  02:57

All-Access: Kobe's Historic Night

An all access look at Kobe Bryant's historic night as he passed Michael Jordan for third on the all-time NBA career scoring list.
Dec 14, 2014  |  00:00

Kobe Bryant On Top of the World in Shanghai

Here is a look at a Kobe Bryant photo shoot on top of a building in front of the famous Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, China through the lens of the Phantom Camera.
Nov 1, 2013  |  00:00

Kobe Bryant's Career Best Plays

Relive the best plays from Kobe Bryant's legendary career from each season.
Dec 8, 2013  |  00:00

Vintage Kobe Fadeaway

Kobe Bryant head fakes and hits the classic fadeaway jumper over Vince Carter.
Feb 24, 2016  |  00:19
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