Tonight marks the final game of Kobe Bryant’s NBA career. Sadly he will not get to make one last run in playoff basketball. For twenty years he has excited and thrilled Los Angeles fans and basketball fans worldwide. He will be sorely missed and always remembered as one of the greatest of all-time.
Regular MVP Season Awards (2008). He was robbed and should have won in 2006 (see Quora discussion) and 2007 (see Mar 23-2007: Kobe Notches 4th Straight 50 Pt (or more) Game).
MVP Finals awards (2009, 2010). He is one of 9 players to have won multiple Finals MVPs. Michael Jordan’s 6 is the most, but the list also includes fellow Lakers Shaquielle O’Neal (3) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2).
Olympic Gold Medals.
With 33,583 career points, Kobe is third on the all-time scoring list, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).
Kobe teams that missed the playoffs, with the last three coming 2014-2016
All-Star MVP awards (tying Bob Pettit for most ever).
NBA Titles (tied for 14th most with Tim Duncan and 11 others). Bill Russell has the most with 11.
NBA All-Defensive First Team selections, tied with Kevin Garnett, Michael Jordan and Gary Payton for the most in NBA history.
All-NBA first team selections. Between 2002 and 2013, he was chosen every year except 2005.
Overall selection by Charlotte in 1996. Never intending to play there, he was traded 15 days after the draft to the Lakers, the only team he wanted to play for, in exchange for Vlade Divac.
All-Star Game starts, the most in history. He was voted the game’s MVP four times, tying Hall of Famer Bob Pettit for most in history.
Seasons with the Lakers, the most in history for one player with one team. He is just the fifth player to last two full decades, joining Abdul-Jabbar (20) and Robert Parish, Kevin Willis and Kevin Garnett (21).
50-point games, third most in history, behind Wilt Chamberlain (118) and Michael Jordan (31). This includes 4 consecutive games scoring 50 or more in 2007 (see Mar 23-2007: Kobe Notches 4th Straight 50 Pt (or more) Game).
Career points-per-game average (11th all-time). Michael Jordan leads with 30.12.
Career points-per-game average in NBA Finals (10th all-time). Rick Barry leads with 36.30.
Kobe’s average points per game in 2005. To this day, only one player other than Wilt Chamberlain has averaged more – Rick Barry (35.58) in 1967 – 11 years before Kobe was even born.
Career game-winning shots.
Career three-point baskets in NBA Finals (tied for 4th with Derek Fisher). Robert Horry leads with 56.
Losses by Lakers his final season – the most in team history.
Career steals in NBA Finals (3rd all-time). Magic Johnson leads with 102.
Points against Toronto in 2006, the second-highest total in history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in 1962.
Career playoff three-point baskets (4th all-time). Ray Allen leads with 385.
Total earnings in millions with the Lakers. Only Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett has earned more money ($341 million). Bryant has earned over $350 million in endorsements.
Price of the cheapest ticket to Bryant’s last game.
Bryant’s total regular-season games heading into the finale (11th all-time). Robert Parrish is first with 1,611.
Minutes played in NBA Finals (11th all-time). Bill Russell leads with 3,185.
Three-point baskets (11th all-time). Ray Allen leads with 2973.
Career steals (14th all-time). John Stockton leads with 3,265.
Bryant also has 310 playoff steals (5th all-time).
Year Bryant would be eligible for the Hall of Fame.
Points scored in the NBA Playoffs, third most in NBA history behind Michael Jordan (5,987) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762).
Career assists (29th all-time). John Stockton leads with 15,806.
Playoff minutes played (#3 all-time). Tim Duncan leads with 9152.
The number of regular-season shots missed by Bryant heading into his finale, the most in NBA history. If each miss were a brick they would span 1.8 miles or roughly the distance from Staple Center to Los Angeles City Hall.
Total regular-season minutes played by Bryant, sixth-most in NBA history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads with 57,446. When combined with his playoff minutes, Bryant has played almost 40 full days of basketball.