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37-Year-Old    SG    Los Angeles Lakers

2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

16.9

REB

4.2

AST

3.5

STL

1.0

BLK

0.2

2015-16 NBA ROS Projections

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2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Another season finished, another season-ending injury for Bryant, who has now failed to finish his last three NBA campaigns. Bryant underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder in January, and at the time, his prognosis was for a nine month recovery period...

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HT: 6' 6"   WT: 220 lbs   DOB: 8/23/1978  College: Lower Merion (Penn.) HS   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #13 Overall in 1996   Show ContractHide Contract

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Bryant became an unrestricted free agent in July 2004; Signed a seven-year, $114 million extension with the Lakers in August 2004. Signed a three-year extension with the Lakers in April 2010. Signed a two-year, $48 million extension with the Lakers in November of 2013.

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Kobe Bryant NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 25 66 40.7 27.6 5.9 6.0 1.3 0.8 2.0 43.3 81.6 4.1 1.4 4.5 5.9 33.9 8.7 20.1 8.2 10.1
2005-06 26 80 41.0 35.4 5.3 4.5 1.8 0.4 2.3 45.0 85.0 3.1 0.9 4.4 6.5 34.7 12.2 27.2 8.7 10.2
2006-07 27 77 40.8 31.6 5.7 5.4 1.4 0.5 1.8 46.3 86.8 3.3 1.0 4.7 5.2 34.4 10.6 22.8 8.7 10.0
2007-08 28 82 38.9 28.3 6.3 5.4 1.8 0.5 1.8 45.9 84.0 3.1 1.1 5.2 5.1 36.1 9.5 20.6 7.6 9.0
2008-09 29 82 36.1 26.8 5.2 4.9 1.5 0.5 1.4 46.7 85.6 2.6 1.1 4.1 4.1 35.1 9.8 20.9 5.9 6.9
2009-10 30 73 38.8 27.0 5.4 5.0 1.5 0.3 1.4 45.6 81.1 3.2 1.1 4.3 4.1 32.9 9.8 21.5 6.0 7.4
2010-11 31 LAL 82 33.9 25.3 5.1 4.7 1.2 0.1 1.4 45.1 82.8 3.0 1.0 4.1 4.3 32.3 9.0 20.0 5.9 7.1
2011-12 32 LAL 58 38.5 27.9 5.4 4.6 1.2 0.3 1.5 43.0 84.5 3.5 1.1 4.3 4.9 30.3 9.9 23.0 6.6 7.8
2012-13 33 LAL 78 38.6 27.3 5.6 6.0 1.4 0.3 1.7 46.3 83.9 3.7 0.8 4.7 5.2 32.4 9.5 20.4 6.7 8.0
2013-14 34 LAL 6 29.5 13.8 4.3 6.3 1.2 0.2 0.5 42.5 85.7 5.7 0.3 4.0 2.7 18.8 5.2 12.2 3.0 3.5
2014-15 35 LAL 35 34.5 22.3 5.7 5.6 1.3 0.2 1.5 37.3 81.3 3.7 0.7 4.9 5.3 29.3 7.6 20.4 5.6 6.9
2015-16 36 LAL 43 29.1 16.9 4.2 3.5 1.0 0.2 1.9 35.4 80.0 2.2 0.7 3.4 7.0 27.7 5.8 16.5 3.3 4.1
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Kobe Bryant NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 3 32.7 30.0 6.0 3.7 1.3 0.3 5.0 39.7 89.5 1.7 2.0 4.0 12.0 41.7 9.7 24.3 5.7 6.3
Last 14 Days 5 29.2 24.6 6.0 3.4 1.6 0.2 4.2 39.4 90.9 1.4 1.4 4.6 10.2 41.2 8.2 20.8 4.0 4.4
Last 30 Days 12 25.9 14.8 4.2 3.5 1.1 0.3 2.1 36.6 90.0 2.0 1.1 3.1 6.4 32.5 5.3 14.3 2.3 2.5
Last 5 Games 5 29.2 24.6 6.0 3.4 1.6 0.2 4.2 39.4 90.9 1.4 1.4 4.6 10.2 41.2 8.2 20.8 4.0 4.4
Last 10 Games 10 26.8 16.3 4.1 3.8 1.0 0.2 2.5 37.8 92.9 2.1 1.1 3.0 6.8 36.8 5.6 14.8 2.6 2.8
Last 20 Games 20 27.3 17.1 4.0 3.5 0.9 0.3 2.1 37.1 81.8 2.3 1.0 3.0 6.7 31.3 5.9 15.9 3.2 3.9

 

2015-16 NBA Game Log   Kobe Bryant
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
2016-2Feb 6 @SAS 33 25 1 4 0 1 2 9 28 3 3 4 14 1 0 4
2016-2Feb 4 @NOP 32 27 12 2 2 0 1 10 24 3 4 4 11 3 9 0
2016-2Feb 2 MIN 33 38 5 5 2 0 2 10 21 11 12 7 11 2 3 3
2016-1Jan 31 CHA 23 23 8 3 2 0 0 8 18 3 3 4 8 1 7 1
2016-1Jan 29 @LAC Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 28 CHI 25 10 4 3 2 0 2 4 13 0 0 2 7 0 4 2
2016-1Jan 26 DAL Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 23 @POR 25 10 2 1 0 0 5 5 9 0 0 0 1 0 2 1
2016-1Jan 22 SAS 27 5 2 6 0 1 3 2 9 0 0 1 4 1 1 2
2016-1Jan 20 SAC 31 15 4 3 1 0 2 4 13 5 5 2 7 2 2 4
2016-1Jan 17 HOU 24 5 2 9 1 0 4 2 5 0 0 1 2 0 2 0
2016-1Jan 16 @UTA 15 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 8 1 1 0 3 1 0 0
2016-1Jan 14 @GSW 27 8 6 3 2 1 2 4 15 0 0 0 4 2 4 2
2016-1Jan 12 NOP 16 7 3 1 1 0 1 3 9 1 2 0 5 0 3 2
2016-1Jan 10 UTA Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 8 OKC 28 19 4 6 1 0 2 8 20 2 2 1 5 2 2 3
2016-1Jan 7 @SAC 31 28 2 3 0 1 3 10 19 6 8 2 6 1 1 2
2016-1Jan 5 GSW Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 3 PHO Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 1 PHI Did Not Play
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2015-12Dec 30 @BOS 33 15 11 3 0 0 4 5 18 3 5 2 5 1 10 3
2015-12Dec 28 @CHA 32 20 4 2 0 0 3 5 20 7 8 3 12 1 3 2
2015-12Dec 27 @MEM 24 19 2 3 0 0 3 6 15 5 6 2 8 0 2 2
2015-12Dec 25 LAC 26 12 3 3 2 0 3 4 10 1 4 3 5 0 3 0
2015-12Dec 23 OKC 28 19 1 3 1 0 2 7 22 3 3 2 7 1 0 3
2015-12Dec 22 @DEN 32 31 3 5 1 1 1 10 22 9 11 2 9 1 2 2
2015-12Dec 19 @OKC Did Not Play
2015-12Dec 17 HOU 32 22 8 3 0 1 2 9 16 2 7 2 6 1 7 2
2015-12Dec 15 MIL 27 22 3 6 0 0 2 7 15 5 5 3 7 0 3 2
2015-12Dec 12 @HOU 31 25 7 6 3 0 0 9 16 3 3 4 9 2 5 0
2015-12Dec 11 @SAS 29 12 6 4 0 0 2 5 12 1 2 1 5 1 5 1
2015-12Dec 9 @MIN 25 11 1 1 1 0 2 5 13 0 0 1 2 0 1 2
2015-12Dec 7 @TOR 32 21 8 4 2 0 4 8 16 4 5 1 4 0 8 3
2015-12Dec 6 @DET 26 5 3 1 1 0 3 2 15 0 0 1 6 0 3 2
2015-12Dec 4 @ATL 35 14 3 5 2 2 2 4 19 4 5 2 10 0 3 2
2015-12Dec 2 @WAS 36 31 2 3 1 0 2 10 24 7 8 4 11 0 2 1
2015-12Dec 1 @PHI 32 20 5 2 1 0 3 7 26 2 4 4 17 1 4 3
2015-11Nov 29 IND 33 13 4 3 1 0 1 4 20 3 4 2 7 1 3 1
2015-11Nov 28 @POR 34 21 2 2 0 0 1 7 20 6 7 1 5 0 2 1
2015-11Nov 24 @GSW 25 4 6 2 2 0 3 1 14 1 2 1 7 0 6 0
2015-11Nov 22 POR 31 18 4 4 1 1 0 6 22 6 7 0 5 1 3 1
2015-11Nov 20 TOR 37 10 4 5 2 0 3 5 13 0 0 0 5 0 4 2
2015-11Nov 16 @PHO Did Not Play
2015-11Nov 15 DET 36 17 8 9 2 0 4 6 19 4 4 1 4 0 8 3
2015-11Nov 13 @DAL 32 19 5 3 0 0 6 7 15 2 2 3 8 0 5 2
2015-11Nov 11 @ORL Did Not Play
2015-11Nov 10 @MIA Did Not Play
2015-11Nov 8 @NYK 32 18 2 3 1 0 1 6 19 4 7 2 10 0 2 2
2015-11Nov 6 @BKN 31 18 3 3 0 0 3 5 16 7 8 1 4 0 3 3
2015-11Nov 3 DEN 29 11 2 5 2 0 1 4 11 2 3 1 5 1 1 5
2015-11Nov 1 DAL 31 15 5 1 0 0 1 3 15 7 7 2 8 2 3 5
2015-10Oct 30 @SAC 22 13 4 3 0 0 3 5 12 2 3 1 8 2 2 2
2015-10Oct 28 MIN 29 24 4 1 2 0 0 8 24 5 5 3 13 0 4 1
Kobe Bryant Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Kobe Bryant – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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Also Listed As:  #3 Shooting Guard

1.  Kobe Bryant

2.  Anthony Brown

3.  Nick Young

4.  Ryan Kelly

5.  Brandon Bass

6.  Metta World Peace

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True Shooting Percentage

46.1%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, Kobe Bryant has a true shooting percentage of 46.1%.

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Projected True Shooting % in 2015-16

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True shooting percentage is weighted to account for field goals, three-pointers, and free throws – FG, 3Pt, FT – which provides a measure of a player's efficiency in the whole scope of shooting.

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Kobe Bryant NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 25 66 36.0 24.4 5.2 5.3 1.2 0.7 1.8 43.3 81.6 3.6 1.3 4.0 5.2 33.9 7.7 17.7 7.3 8.9
2005-06 26 80 36.0 31.1 4.7 4.0 1.6 0.3 2.0 45.0 85.0 2.7 0.8 3.9 5.7 34.7 10.7 23.9 7.6 9.0
2006-07 27 77 36.0 27.9 5.0 4.7 1.3 0.4 1.6 46.3 86.8 2.9 0.9 4.2 4.6 34.4 9.3 20.1 7.6 8.8
2007-08 28 82 36.0 26.2 5.8 5.0 1.7 0.5 1.7 45.9 84.0 2.9 1.1 4.8 4.7 36.1 8.7 19.1 7.0 8.4
2008-09 29 82 36.0 26.8 5.2 4.9 1.5 0.5 1.4 46.7 85.6 2.6 1.1 4.1 4.1 35.1 9.7 20.8 5.9 6.9
2009-10 30 73 36.0 25.0 5.0 4.6 1.4 0.3 1.3 45.6 81.1 3.0 1.0 4.0 3.8 32.9 9.1 19.9 5.6 6.9
2010-11 31 LAL 82 36.0 26.9 5.4 5.0 1.3 0.2 1.5 45.1 82.8 3.1 1.1 4.4 4.6 32.3 9.6 21.2 6.3 7.6
2011-12 32 LAL 58 36.0 26.1 5.0 4.3 1.1 0.3 1.4 43.0 84.5 3.3 1.1 4.0 4.6 30.3 9.3 21.5 6.1 7.3
2012-13 33 LAL 78 36.0 25.5 5.2 5.6 1.3 0.3 1.6 46.3 83.9 3.4 0.8 4.4 4.9 32.4 8.8 19.1 6.3 7.5
2013-14 34 LAL 6 36.0 16.9 5.3 7.7 1.4 0.2 0.6 42.5 85.7 6.9 0.4 4.9 3.3 18.8 6.3 14.8 3.7 4.3
2014-15 35 LAL 35 36.0 23.3 5.9 5.9 1.4 0.2 1.6 37.3 81.3 3.8 0.8 5.2 5.5 29.3 7.9 21.3 5.8 7.2
2015-16 36 LAL 43 36.0 20.8 5.1 4.3 1.2 0.3 2.4 35.4 80.0 2.7 0.9 4.2 8.6 27.7 7.2 20.4 4.0 5.0
Rest Of Season Projections 37 LAL 24 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Kobe Bryant
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Kobe Bryant NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 25 66 2689 1819 392 398 86 53 131 43.3 81.6 270 95 297 387 33.9 573 1324 542 664
2005-06 26 80 3277 2832 425 360 147 30 180 45.0 85.0 250 71 354 518 34.7 978 2173 696 819
2006-07 27 77 3140 2430 439 413 111 36 137 46.3 86.8 255 75 364 398 34.4 813 1757 667 768
2007-08 28 82 3192 2323 517 441 151 40 150 45.9 84.0 257 94 423 415 36.1 775 1690 623 742
2008-09 29 82 2960 2201 429 399 120 37 118 46.7 85.6 210 90 339 336 35.1 800 1712 483 564
2009-10 30 73 2835 1970 391 365 113 20 99 45.6 81.1 233 78 313 301 32.9 716 1569 439 541
2010-11 31 LAL 82 2779 2078 419 388 99 12 115 45.1 82.8 243 83 336 356 32.3 740 1639 483 583
2011-12 32 LAL 58 2232 1616 313 264 69 18 87 43.0 84.5 204 66 247 287 30.3 574 1336 381 451
2012-13 33 LAL 78 3013 2133 433 469 106 25 132 46.3 83.9 287 66 367 407 32.4 738 1595 525 626
2013-14 34 LAL 6 177 83 26 38 7 1 3 42.5 85.7 34 2 24 16 18.8 31 73 18 21
2014-15 35 LAL 35 1207 782 199 197 47 7 54 37.3 81.3 128 26 173 184 29.3 266 713 196 241
2015-16 36 LAL 43 1253 725 179 149 42 9 83 35.4 80.0 94 32 147 300 27.7 251 710 140 175
Rest Of Season Projections 37 LAL 24 757 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Kobe Bryant
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Kobe Bryant NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 25 66 40.7 56.3 48.2 17.4 11.8 1.5 24.3
2005-06 26 80 41.0 55.9 49.1 11.5 8.0 1.4 27.8
2006-07 27 77 40.8 58.0 50.2 14.9 9.2 1.6 27.6
2007-08 28 82 38.9 57.6 50.3 16.2 9.5 1.7 26.6
2008-09 29 82 36.1 56.1 50.2 15.5 8.2 1.9 24.2
2009-10 30 73 38.8 54.5 48.8 15.2 9.7 1.6 22.9
2010-11 31 LAL 82 33.9 54.8 48.7 15.4 9.6 1.6 21.4
2011-12 32 LAL 58 38.5 52.7 46.2 13.2 10.2 1.3 21.4
2012-13 33 LAL 78 38.6 57.0 50.4 17.9 10.9 1.6 24.6
2013-14 34 LAL 6 29.5 50.5 44.5 24.6 22.0 1.1 12.7
2014-15 35 LAL 35 34.5 47.7 41.1 17.2 11.2 1.5 17.5
2015-16 36 LAL 43 29.1 46.1 41.2 14.5 9.1 1.6 12.0
Rest Of Season Projections 37 LAL 24 31.6 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Kobe Bryant
Preseason Projections 37 LAL 62 34.6 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 projections for Kobe Bryant

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Kobe Bryant: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Coach Byron Scott confirmed after the Lakers' morning shootaround that Bryant (shoulder) would play Monday against the Pacers, Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Bryant is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Pacers due to right shoulder soreness, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

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Bryant tallied a team-high 25 points (9-28 FG, 4-14 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four assists, and a rebound over 33 minutes in Saturday's 106-102 loss to the Spurs.

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Bryant didn't participate in practice Friday, but said he will play Saturday against the Spurs, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

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Bryant (shoulder) posted 27 points (10-24 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, and two steals over 32 minutes in Thursday's 99-96 victory over the Pelicans.

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Bryant (shoulder) will play Thursday against the Pelicans, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

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Bryant is questionable for Thursday's game against the Pelicans due to right shoulder soreness, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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Bryant contributed a season-high 38 points (10-21 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 11-12 FT), five rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 33 minutes during the Lakers' 119-115 win over the Timberwolves on Tuesday.

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Bryant (shoulder) will play in Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, Time Warner Cable SportsNet's Mike Trudell reports.

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Bryant (shoulder) is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, Mike Trudell of Time Warner Cable SportsNet reports.

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Bryant (shoulder) is still considered questionable to play Tuesday against the Timberwolves, Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Bryant is considered questionable for Tuesday's matchup with the Timberwolves, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders reports.

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2014-15

Kobe Bryant is looking to bounce back from two serious leg injuries in his 19th NBA season. Last season, in his return from a torn left Achilles tendon suffered in April 2013, Bryant lasted just six games before succumbing to a fractured lateral tibial plateau in the same leg. He averaged 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.5 three-pointers in 30 minutes per game. Bryant shot 43 percent from the field on 12.2 attempts and 86 percent from the line on 3.5 attempts. His subpar showing can be attributed to him shaking off the rust after a long layoff, but after missing so much time, how he returns this season is somewhat of a mystery. He'll be returning to the lineup under a new coach, his former teammate, Byron Scott. The last time Bryant was fully healthy, in 2012-13, he was an elite fantasy option, averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in 39 minutes per game. He'll be the number one option on the Lakers when he hits the court next season. His PER (player efficiency rating) of 10.7 last season broke a streak of 14 straight seasons with a PER over 20. For as much of the ball-stopper Kobe has been portrayed to be over the course of his career, he has always been a great source of assists for a shooting guard in fantasy leagues, averaging at least 4.5 assists every season since 1998-99.

2013-14

Although Bryant's strained relationship with Dwight Howard, along with his possible role in the ouster of coach Mike Brown and his Princeton offense after just five games, garnered most of the headlines in a disappointing 2012-13 campaign for the Lakers, it obscured what was another exceptional season for the team's franchise player. With injuries decimating the roster throughout the season, Bryant was one of the few constants that held things together, suiting up for 78 games and averaging 27.3 points, a career-best 6.0 assists, and 5.6 rebounds per game, all while shooting 46 percent from the field. As his supporting cast gradually got healthier, the Lakers actually resembled something of a dangerous team toward the end of the regular season, until disaster struck in Game 80 against the Warriors. After playing 40 minutes in seven consecutive games, Bryant ruptured his left Achilles' tendon, ending his season and resulting in a six-to-nine month recovery timetable. The injury has left him fighting to get healthy in time for Opening Night, but Bryant's lack of setbacks in his rehab – as well as his unparalleled competitiveness – make it difficult to bet against him. Even if he manages to suit up for the opener, Bryant, now 35, will likely see his minutes capped in the early going and will also have to adjust to a less talented collection of teammates around him with Howard and Metta World Peace departing in the offseason and Pau Gasol's (knee) health in question. Still, if anyone can overcome such obstacles and remain one of the elite fantasy options at his position, it's the Black Mamba.

2012-13

Despite dealing with a wrist injury, a broken nose, and shin soreness at various points throughout the season, Bryant still appeared in 58 of 66 games while producing a small uptick in his numbers in 2011-12. His playing time climbed nearly five minutes per game, allowing him to post 27.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, averages he hadn’t reached in the same season since 2007-08. Unfortunately for Bryant, the Lakers fell short of their goals as a team, bowing out in the second round to the Thunder. While Bryant spent his offseason playing with Team USA in the Summer Olympics, general manager Mitch Kupchak revamped Bryant’s supporting cast, adding Steve Nash via free agency and Dwight Howard in a trade that sent Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia. The acquisitions make the Lakers formidable on paper, but the confluence of talent figures to result in a diminished role for Bryant this season. Nash has traditionally thrived with the ball in his hands while flanked by an array of spot-up shooters, a profile that Bryant might not necessarily fit, as shown by his mediocre 33.9 percent career three-point shooting mark. Furthermore, the formidable frontcourt of Howard and Pau Gasol should get its fair share of shots as well, meaning Bryant’s 23 field goal attempts per game are all but guaranteed to fall. In the end, the hyper-competitive Bryant will likely remain the go-to guy during crunch time but should surrender some production in deference to the collection of talent surrounding him.

2011-12

Bryant will be 33 entering this season, and the Lakers were already taking precautions with him last year. Although his stats stayed close to his career averages, Bryant saw his minutes dramatically decrease – he played 39 minutes per game in the 2009-10 season, but just 34 per game last season. Bryant also underwent a minor experimental procedure in Germany this offseason to try and alleviate the persistent arthritis in his right knee, but that didn’t keep him sidelined long. In July, he participated in an exhibition game in the Philippines that featured several of the NBA’s most prominent names. Bryant will be also be playing under a new head coach this season, so his production will depend somewhat on how Mike Brown plans to utilize him in the team’s offense. Regardless, it’s almost certain Bryant’s best days – in real life and fantasy – are behind him.

2010-11

Each of the last two or three years, Bryant has entered the season as the sort of player who could very easily be overrated in fantasy circles. Consider: he turned 30 before the 2008-09 season in a sport where the peak age is somewhere around 25-28; he's been – perhaps because of his age – more prone to injury, like the finger, back, ankle, and knee injuries he suffered last season alone; he's been progressively surrounded by more talent – Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest – in need of more touches; he's won a couple of championships (sans Shaq), which could artificially inflate his stock; and, more anecdotally, he's been the focus of an inordinate amount of media attention, which has only served to solidify his status as an NBA legend-in-the-making. And yet, for all this, Bryant managed to turn in a top-10 fantasy line last year. Mind you, it wasn't a crazy season like his 2005-06, which saw him average 35 points and two three-pointers per game – those days are gone – but, by most formats, he was the second-best shooting guard, behind only Dwyane Wade. Can we expect the same in 2010-11? Well, there are reasons to think so. For one, the shooting guard position remains the shallowest in fantasy, with the likes of Joe Johnson, Brandon Roy and Manu Ginobili failing to surpass the Laker. And for two, with the addition of LeBron and Bosh in Miami, even Wade himself might not be quite as productive this season.

2009-10

You might not notice it with Bryant currently sitting atop the basketball world, fresh off his fourth NBA Championship, but Kobe’s fantasy stock is slowly but surely on the decline. With the Lakers absolutely stacked with offensive weapons ranging from Pau Gasol to Lamar Odom to newly acquired Ron Artest, Bryant is being relied less and less in the regular season when fantasy owners need him to come through. He still held off Dirk Nowitzki last season to finish fifth in per-game value, but saw his minutes, points, rebounds, assists, steals and three-pointers made fall to the lowest they have been in several years. Kobe is typically renowned for his ability to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line, but he has become more and more of a jump shooter as he has gotten older. Last season’s average of 6.9 free-throw attempts per game marked his lowest mark since the 1999-2000 season. With his free-throw percentage impact falling behind the likes of Kevin Durant and Danny Granger, his status as a top-5 pick is in jeopardy this season.

2008-09

Bryant piled up the accolades over the past year, from the NBA Most Valuable Player award to an Olympic gold medal. Despite all of that, Bryant enters next season with a chip on his shoulder, ready to prove wrong all of the critics that became vocal when the Lakers bowed out to the Celtics in the NBA Finals. Bryant did not lead the league in scoring last season for the first time since 2005, but he remained a nightly 30-point/5-rebound/5-assist threat that dominates free-throw percentage (84% FT on 9.0 attempts/game) and also adds almost two threes and two steals per game. Bryant’s splits remained rock solid whether he was playing next to Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol, but this season he will be playing next to both which could cut slightly into his scoring but should give him more assist opportunities. He is still taller, quicker, bigger, and/or jumps higher than almost all of his competition, and when you add in his ridiculous skill level and ultra competitive mindset you come up with the number one shooting guard – perhaps even the number one player over all – in basketball.

2007-08

Any conversation about the best player in the NBA has to include Kobe Bryant. He’s taller, stronger, quicker and faster than just about anyone who might try to cover him, and has skill and smarts to go with his physical gifts. Bryant averaged 32.8 ppg last season – a number made more impressive by the fact that he was slowed by his recovery from knee surgery for the first half of the season. His post All Star Break scoring average was 36.7 – including an otherworldly stretch in March in which he averaged 40.4 ppg. The only thing that might prevent Kobe from top overall fantasy player status is Kobe himself. His conflict with Laker management remains unresolved, and there’s an outside chance that he’ll do something to try to force a trade – like hold out. That situation bears close monitoring – even the mighty Kobe can’t help you if he’s not on the floor.

2006-07

Bryant is coming off one of the most dynamic offensive seasons in NBA history, with his 35.4 ppg the best since Michael Jordan was in his prime. Bryant electrified the league by twice scoring more than 60 points through three quarters of a game, including the famous 81-point explosion (2nd in NBA history) against the Raptors. Kobe attempted a whopping 27.2 shots and 10.2 free throws per game, but shot a respectable 45% from the field and an excellent 85% from the line to help in both categories. The tradeoff to Bryant’s scoring binge was eight-year lows in assists (4.5 apg) and rebounds (5.3 apg), though each of those were still more than respectable from the shooting guard position. Bryant was also ninth in the NBA in steals (1.8 spg) and knocked down a career-high 2.3 three-pointers pergame (fifth in NBA). Kobe’s combination of size, strength, speed, and killer instinct in conjunction with an offense that allows him to take an absurd 34% of the team’s shots should allow him to post dominant fantasy contributions again this season.

2005-06

Bryant is the prototype for an NBA shooting guard. A lightning quick 6-6, 220, Bryant is taller, bigger, faster or jumps higher than anyone that attempts to guard him…often all four in combination. Already a dynamic scorer (27.14 ppg since 2000), Bryant has become a major threat from 3-point range (2.0 3s/game). Bryant is strong in almost every fantasy category, ranking among the shooting guard leaders in rebounds (5.9 per game), assists (6.0 per game), steals (1.3 per game), and even blocked shots (.8 per game). He gets to the line often at 10.1 attempts/game, shooting 81.6%, so he has a major positive impact on free throw percentage as well. With Phil Jackson back as the Lakers coach, and Shaq now residing in Miami, Bryant will be the centerpiece of the triangle offense and has the chance to put up another fantasy MVP-worthy season.

2004-05

Now that the Lakers have parted ways with Shaquille O'Neal and coach Phil Jackson this offseason, Bryant finally gets the opportunity for which he has long been yearning: to be the absolute focal point of the team's offense. Considering that Bryant was a top fantasy producer even with the restrictions of the triangle offense and the presence of O'Neal, who required his share of touches, Bryant should explode now that the "shackles" - no pun intended - are finally off. Look for Bryant to produce career bests in threes and points, while maintaining impressive numbers in rebounds, assists and steals. In fact, we fully expect Bryant to average more than 30 points per game en route to an NBA scoring title. He’s definitely a top-5 pick and might be the first player off the board after Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.

2003-04

Assuming Bryant's legal woes don't keep him off the court, he will continue to be the dominant player that he is. While his off-court issues might hurt his focus a little, Bryant has shown before that he can overcome adversity. Expect around 28 points a game, two steals, six rebounds, five assists, and about a half a block.