I’ve been a fan of the NBA for three years now, and I’ve always considered Kobe Bryant among the elite greats, like: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Tim Duncan, etc. Don’t mind me, I’m definitely not the only one who thought this way too!
However, there is much that is overlooked, and I’ve finally come to realize this. Just for the record, I’m trying to downplay Kobe at all! He is a very deserving player and is an obvious member of the top 25, if not top 20 players of all time. But get this. Kobe Bryant is probably the most overrated player of all time! There, I said it! Now let the hate wash over me like the champagne that covered Kobe’s face five times in his career! (He wishes for one more…) Just to be sure, I did not come to this conclusion by myself, there are many sources, like: http://thesportingtruth.com/?p=2035 or http://bleacherreport.com/articles/656060-not-like-mike-kobe-bryant-is-the-most-overrated-player-in-nba-history or even http://giancarlolorenzo.hubpages.com/hub/Why-Kobe-Bryant-is-overrated
Let’s settle this once and for all. The word ‘overrated’ is not by any means an insult or a term meant to deride someone. The exact definition in Merriam Webster for ‘overrate’ is: “to rate, value, or praise (someone or something) too highly”. That’s exactly what Kobe is, praised a bit too much than he deserves! Here’s a series of points that will help you better understand. (Please don’t hate me, Kobe/Laker fans)
1) This season, Kobe’s usage rate is nearly equal to his field goal percentage! 38.6% to 38.9%! That’s a lot of chucking and bricking right there!
2) According to polls, 79% of general managers vote Kobe Bryant as the player they would want with the ball in his hands in crunch time. Of course, Kobe has clearly shown that he is a formidable foe in the closing seconds/minutes.
Here’s the kicker, though. Kobe only made 31.3% of his shots in the final 24 seconds of any game (regular/playoff), more accurately, he only made 36 out of 115 shots. Therefore, he misses more than twice the amount of shots he makes!
3) In the finals, Kobe has been rather underwhelming. He has shot 40.5% or under in four out of six Finals appearances. That’s much lower than the likes of: Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and even Lebron James!
This is my point. For all you Kobe fans out there who will stop at nothing to prove that their superstar is the best, just think about it! I’m not in anyway trying to put him down! This is my final statement: Kobe Bryant is absolutely an amazing player, probably top-20 of all-time. There is nothing shameful in being up there! Nothing! But the truth is that Kobe is not nearly as great as some people may claim!
I rest my case.