Kobe Bryant is as polarizing as they come, a player made for the spotlight, a player that created a cult like following fan base. The percentages can be analyzed a million times and people will still draw completely different conclusions. The fans love the big numbers he put up, the five Championships he helped bring home, and the true alpha dog personality so rarely found in any sport. For myself, the Mamba’s greatest qualities will always be his work ethic, his will to win, his fearlessness with the game on the line.
Some people believe Bryant doesn’t deserve the one MVP award he owns, some believe that he deserves two or three more. We can debate that on twitter, but the fact is he won one, and was in the top five voting on 11 other occasions. His longevity is stifling. His resume, track record, and ferocious personality kept him in the league’s elite class for a ridiculously long time.
Bryant is currently third all time in scoring, chasing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone for the top honour. Bryant despite often being criticized as a selfish player also sits 30th all time in assists.
The 2015-16 season may be the last hurrah of the Mamba; love him or hate him, we all know he has your attention.
12x All-NBA Defense
4x All-Star MVP
2x Finals MVP
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: Shane Young (4).
The Barn Burner: Jacob Noble (14).
How did the other guys rank Bryant: Robert Littal (6), Marc Griffin (6), Will Reeve (6), Matt Drappel (8), Brian Geltzeiler (8), Justin Rowan (9), Justin Termine (9), Lang Greene (9), Josh Eberley (10), Justin Salkin (10), Adi Joseph (13), and James Holas (13).
Average vote: 8.9.
Good spot for him. Wouldn't be mad if he was anywhere from 6-10. LeBron has 4 MVPs to Kobes 1. Individually, better. https://t.co/jSfkkCE3kk
— Hamid (@Hamid_230) September 29, 2015
I cannot fathom Kobe Bean Bryant being lesser to 13 other players. Absolutely impossible. https://t.co/RZeDOOwHf2
— eee-errr eee-errr 🛏 (@MattressMase) September 29, 2015
#HCHot50 Kobe's ranking should be from 6-9. But I don't have him over LeBron. James got overrated it seems…
— Michael Ademola (@Mikey__Raw) September 29, 2015
#8 Wednesday, September 30.
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Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley
Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC
James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen
Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph
Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416
Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada
Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO
Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA
Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio
Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc
Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene
Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat
Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr
and of course,
Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic
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