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2014-15 NBA Stats

PTS

25.0

REB

3.5

AST

2.5

STL

1.5

BLK

0.0

2014-15 NBA ROS Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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 le...

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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 2 28.5 25.0 3.5 2.5 1.5 0.0 1.0 40.5 93.3 1.5 0.5 3.0 2.5 40.0 8.5 21.0 7.0 7.5
Rest Of Season Projections 36 LAL 76 33.8 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Kobe Bryant
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

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 2 28.5 25.0 3.5 2.5 1.5 0.0 1.0 40.5 93.3 1.5 0.5 3.0 2.5 40.0 8.5 21.0 7.0 7.5
Last 14 Days 2 28.5 25.0 3.5 2.5 1.5 0.0 1.0 40.5 93.3 1.5 0.5 3.0 2.5 40.0 8.5 21.0 7.0 7.5
Last 30 Days 2 28.5 25.0 3.5 2.5 1.5 0.0 1.0 40.5 93.3 1.5 0.5 3.0 2.5 40.0 8.5 21.0 7.0 7.5

 

Kobe Bryant Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Kobe Bryant – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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True Shooting Percentage

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True Shooting % in 2014-15

In 2014-15, Kobe Bryant had a true shooting percentage of 51.4%.

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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 2 36.0 31.6 4.4 3.2 1.9 0.0 1.3 40.5 93.3 1.9 0.6 3.8 3.2 40.0 10.7 26.5 8.8 9.5
Rest Of Season Projections 36 LAL 76 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 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 2 57 50 7 5 3 0 2 40.5 93.3 3 1 6 5 40.0 17 42 14 15
Rest Of Season Projections 36 LAL 76 2570 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 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 2 28.5 51.4 42.9 8.8 5.3 1.7 18.0
Rest Of Season Projections 36 LAL 76 33.8 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 rest of season projections for Kobe Bryant
Preseason Projections 36 LAL 70 33.0 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant 2014-15 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Oct 29 at PHO 28 31 4 3 2 0 2 11 25 7 7 2 4 1 3 2
Oct 28 HOU 29 19 3 2 1 0 1 6 17 7 8 0 1 0 3 5

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

Bryant is playing Wednesday despite dealing with a sore right shoulder, according to the Lakers' official Twitter feed.

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Bryant led all Lakers in scoring, dropping 19 points (6-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT) with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes Tuesday.

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Bryant is slated to play 30-40 minutes Tuesday against Houston and 25-40 minutes Wednesday against Phoenix, Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report reports.

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Bryant will not play in the Lakers' final two preseason contests, the teams' official site reports.

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Bryant scored 27 points (10-20 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT), including the Lakers' last eight of overtime, with four rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes Tuesday.

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Bryant led the Lakers to a come from behind victory Sunday against the Utah Jazz, scoring 26 points (7-22 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 9-11 FT) with four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

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Bryant scored a team-high 27 points (10-23 FG, 7-13 FT) with five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes Thursday.

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Bryant and coach Byron Scott have agreed upon a minutes limit for the superstar this season, but an exact figure was not revealed, only to say it'll be between 30 to 40 minutes per night, ESPNLosAngeles.com reports.

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Bryant scored just six points (3-13 FG) with one rebound, five assists, four steals, and one block in 24 minutes Sunday.

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Bryant started the Lakers' preseason opener against the Denver Nuggets in San Diego on Monday, ending with 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 FT), two rebounds and five assists in 21 minutes.

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Bryant participated in the team's preliminary drills, but sat out the full-court five-on-five scrimmage ahead of Monday's preseason opener against Denver in San Diego, InsideSoCal.com reports.

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Bryant will play in all eight preseason games, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports.

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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.