The incredible stats of Kobe Bryant's career

NBA great Kobe Bryant will call time on his career tomorrow when he will play his 1,281st and final game as the Lakers take on the Utah Jazz in the final fixture of their regular season.

He will complete 20 seasons with the Lakers, the most seasons by a player with one NBA team, having reached the playoffs in 15 of those 20 seasons.

Here are the great, and not so great statistics from his 20-season career with the Lakers.

Bryant didn't have the best of starts to the NBA going 0-1 in his debut for the Lakers in 1996 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. 18 at the time, Kobe had six minutes of play and recorded one rebound and one block in the 91-85 victory.

He would score his first point two days later in a game against the Knicks. Bryant started just six games in his rookie season.

Current Lakers coach Byron Scott was in the squad in Bryant's first season.

Bryant has one MVP award to his name. In 2008 he was named the best in the NBA but the Lakers still went down in the finals to the Celtics.

Basketball is all about collecting those rings but Bryant also has two Olympic gold medals from 2008 and 2012.

He won't be playing at the Rio Olympics, stepping down from contention last year.

That's the number of NBA titles for Bryant in seven NBA finals appearances. His first title came in 2000, a 4-2 series win over the Pacers, and was the start of a three-peat for Los Angeles with finals wins over the 76ers and Nets. Bryant would appear in three straight finals once again from 2008-2010 where he picked his his last two rings.

Bryant was picked 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft, and was traded to the Lakers for Vlade Divac a month later.

Number of times he has been named an NBA All-Star, all of them consecutive selections after he missed out in his first two years in the league. He's also won a record four All-Star game MVP awards.


Bryant became the youngest player to start an NBA game when he made his debut for the Lakers.


Point-per-game average for Kobe over his 20-year career, putting him 11th on the all-time list.

Kobe has scored 50 or more points 24 times during his career putting him third on the all-time list behind Jordan (31) and Wilt Chamberlain (118).

Bryant scored 81 points in the Lakers' 122-104 win over the Toronto Raptors in 2006 at the Staples Centre - the second most in an NBA game behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962. Kobe completed 28-46 from the field, 7-13 from behind the arc and 18-20 from the free-throw line. He also completed two assists. He scored 60+ on five different occasions. Michael Jordan reached the mark four times.

Not one to pass the ball up, Bryant sits 29th all-time on the assists list, more than 600 behind LeBron James.

That's the number of missed field goals by Bryant in his career. The most of any player in NBA history.

The points scored by Kobe during his career. It puts him third on the all-time scoring list behind Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387). He has also made the third most attempts (26,101).

Bryant sits in sixth place in minutes played in NBA history. Kevin Garnett (50,418) is the only active player ahead of Kobe. Fellow Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar top the list with 57,446.

According to Forbes, Bryant will finish his career with US$680m in career earnings. The only athletes to earn more are in individual sports and include Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher and Floyd Mayweather.

- NZ Herald

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