ESPN’s annual #NBArank is working it’s way to number one. En route, we’ve seen many a Laker included in the list. Today, Lakers nation were up in arms about the ranking of their treasured Kobe Bryant.
— The NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 16, 2013
As noted in the post, Bryant ranked top 10 in each of the last two rankings, which take course of the preseason leading up to the tip-off the NBA schedule.
Bryant posted a 27.3 point per game average last year while adding 5.6 rebounds and career high-tying 6.0 assists per game. His 57.0% true shooting percentages was his 3rd best ever and his efficient field goal percentage of 50.4% is high career best. But Bryant’s season ending Achilles injury sticks out like a sore thumb as the cause for such a low ranking.
Knowing the Black Mamba, he’ll certainly find this as added motivation to those doubting him already.