Kobe Bryant spent his entire playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers and is a lock for the Hall of Fame. We take a look at all 20 seasons he played and rank them worst to best.
Kobe Bryant made his name as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers but was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 with the 13th overall pick. It is very safe to say that the trade did not work out in the Hornets favor and led to much success for the Los Angeles Lakers.
In his 20 seasons in Los Angeles, Kobe racked up numerous team records. He won an MVP award, five championships, made 15 All-NBA teams, 12 All-Defensive teams, 18 All-Star games and won two Finals MVPs. He finished his career as third on the all-time scoring list with 33,643 points and 14th in steals at 1,944 (now 16th since retirement).
His career has put him among the greats and etched into Lakers’ history. It is very rare that a player spends his entire career with one team. The ones that do often become legends within that organization, such as Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe.
Not only was Kobe one of the best at what he did, but he was also one of the toughest to ever play the game. He suffered numerous injuries throughout his career, such as really bad ankle and finger injuries. He continued to battle through the pain each night and still put up monster numbers.
The ultimate injury to his Achilles tendon started his career into it’s dwindling days. As that injury is one of the worst in sports and by that time he was 34 years old, so he didn’t have father-time on his side.
Each season is unique in its own way and tells a story about his career. He had a lot of great years prior to his 2013 season where he tore his Achilles tendon. He was one of the most clutch players in the NBA to pair with his elite defense and elite offense. Kobe truly was special and bleeds the purple and gold.
The Lakers put on a touching memorial for Kobe, Gianna and the seven others that perished in a helicopter crash. There were laughs and cries, pain and joy. Vanessa Bryant gave a truly wonderful speech.
Now we will take a journey through Kobe’s 20-year career and re-live them down to the best. The game was never the same without Bryant when he retired. The sports world is still hurting and many still haven’t had it sink in yet. So let’s go down memory lane now to more happy times.
Kobe’s seasons ranked from number 20 all the way to number one.