What records does Kobe Bryant hold
NBA - Kobe Bryant: Records and Milestones of the Legend of the Los Angeles Lakers
A year ago today, the basketball world came to a standstill when it became known that Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. However, his legend will live on. We present the records of the one and only Kobe Bean Bryant.
Bryant played in the NBA for 20 years - and for just one team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Only one person stayed loyal to his team longer than Kobe and that is of course Dirk Nowitzki, who was active for the Dallas Mavericks between 1998 and 2019.
Over those 20 years, Bryant accumulated 33,643 points. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (36,928) and now also LeBron James (34,648) scored more points on the scoreboard than the Black Mamba.
Kobe was known for throwing a lot. Only two players fired on the basket more often than the Mamba (26,200 field goals attempted), only five players sank more throws (11,719 field goals made).
But Kobe also holds a negative record. Exactly 14,481 attempts did not find their way into the basket, no player missed more often than the franchise icon of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bryant didn't care, after all, he won a total of five rings (2000-2002, 2009, 2010). If you subtract the players of the early Celtics dynasty, only Robert Horry (7) and Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen (6) won more titles.
In the first three titles, Bryant was still the overqualified sidekick of center colossus Shaquille O'Neal. In 2009 and 2010, however, Bryant grabbed the coveted Finals MVP trophy.
Speaking of MVP: Bryant actually only won one MVP award in 2008. In addition, there are ten other top 5 placements between 2002 and 2013 in his record books.
However, Kobe was honored often enough during his career. The Mamba became an all-star 18 times, only Abdul-Jabbar was appointed once more.
Kobe had to pass three times due to an injury. In its 15 missions, the Shooting Guard grabbed the MVP's trophy four times. Otherwise only Bob Pettit succeeded in this feat.
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It continues with the honors: Bryant has been nominated 15 times in an All-NBA team, only LeBron (16) has been nominated more often. Only James (13) surpassed his eleven first team nominations.
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But in the prime of his career, Bryant was also an elite defender. Nine all-defense teams prove this. Michael Jordan, Gary Payton and Kevin Garnett come up with the same yield.
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But Kobe is primarily known for his scoring qualities. The Mamba scored 16,161 points in the Staples Center, no other player scored as many points in a single arena as he did.
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Bryant also played for the Lakers in the time-honored forum in Inglewood. In his rookie season 1996/97 Kobe was allowed to start six times. At 18 years and 158 days, he is the youngest player ever to play in an NBA game.
The young Kobe also holds other age records: the youngest slam dunk champ, the youngest starter in an all-star game or the youngest player to make it into an all-defense team.
At the same time, Bryant is still the oldest player to have scored at least 60 points in a game. He succeeded in 2016 in his last NBA game against Utah Jazz at the age of 37 years and 234 days.
But it's not quite enough for the record for most points in a game. The 81 points in 2006 against Toronto are, after Wilt Chamberlain's 100 points, the most that a player has ever scored in an NBA game.
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In total, Bryant made at least 60 points six times, including 61 in 2009 at the New York Knicks. This is still the best at Madison Square Garden from a player of the guests.
And a few more scoring statistics: Kobe recorded 26 games with at least 50 points (3rd place all-time) and 135 games with at least 40 points (also 3rd place).
On average, Kobe scored 25.0 points per game over his entire career with a field throw rate of 44.7 percent, a three-way rate of 32.9 percent and a free throw rate of 83.7 percent. In addition, he had 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists.
What cannot be measured is the influence Bryant had on basketball. Today's stars like Irving or Tatum took Kobe as a role model and will continue his legacy. The mamba will never be forgotten.
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