Kobe Bryant's amazing career is coming to an end soon. There has been tons of debate on who is the greatest player of all time between Kobe Bryant (Los Angles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets), Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls and Washing Wizards and Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat). Since Lebron James's career still has 5+ years left in it he can not be in a legitimate discussion yet. Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are very similar players in many different ways. Kobe Bryant is 6 and half feet tall, Michael Jordan is also 6 and a half feet tall. They both play the shooting guard position and have almost the exact same playing style. Currently Kobe has 31,700 points, 5,925 assists, 5,169 rebounds, 620 blocks and 1835 steals. Michael Jordan has 32,292 points, 5,633 assists, 6,672 rebounds,, 893 blocks and 2,514 steals.
Both players are known for their clutch playing style through out their careers. Michael Jordan has made in 25 of 51 shots with 24 or less seconds left to win or tie the game. During the final 24 seconds of playoff games, Bryant has racked up almost as many air balls as made baskets, making just below 30 percent of game-tying or go-ahead shots. He hasn't hit such a shot in a playoff game, in fact, since 2008, including key misses in the closing moments against the Jazz and Magic in 2009, and the Thunder and Suns last spring. He made one of his four shots in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of last year's Finals. Bryant has gone 35 for 115 game winning shots. "I sometimes think Kobe is so addicted to being in control that he would rather shoot the ball when guarded, or even double-teamed, than dish it to an open teammate," Bryant's coach Phil Jackson said in an interview. Kobe isn't exactly clutch while taking the game winning or tying shot, he's a different kind of clutch. When Bryant is needed most he steps up to the plate and delivers.
Jordan is a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009, 6-time NBA champion: (1991-93, 1996-98) (all with Chicago Bulls),6 NBA Finals appearances: (1991-93, 1996-98), 5-time NBA Most Valuable Player: (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998),10-time scoring champion: (1987-93, 1996–98),3-time steals leader: (1988, 1990), 1993,3-time minutes leader: (1987-89),14-time NBA All-Star: 1985-93, 1996–98, 2002-03), 3-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: (1988, 1996, 1998), 6-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: (1991-93, 1996-98). Jordan has many more accomplishments but these are the most impressive ones of his career.
Bryant has also had tons of career accomplishments. 5-time NBA champion: (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), 2-time NBA Finals MVP: 2009, 2010, NBA Most Valuable Player: 2008, 2-time scoring champion: (2006, 2007), 16-time NBA All-Star: (1998, 2000-2014), 4-time NBA All-Star Game MVP: (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), 11-time All-NBA First Team selection: (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), 9-time All-Defensive First Team selection (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).
If I had to chose between a player I would have to chose Jordan. Jordan has a much better jump shot from all areas except behind the three point line than Bryant. Jordan was a more athletic and explosive player. Bryant isn't as much as team player as Jordan. Jordan was a clutch player always coming up big. Bryant also did the same but his game winner and or tying shot percentage is way to low for my liking. When Bryant won his titles he had one of the best Power Forward/ Centers on his team Shaquille O'Neal. Jordan also had an all star Power Forward in Scottie Pippen. I have to believe both players had help throughout their careers but continued to have success with help. Jordan may have some better stats than Bryant but, Bryant is still playing and can have higher numbers than Jordan. Stats aren't everything in basketball, its what you bring to the court. Jordan brings his full heart to every game and practice, thats what matters most.. "I've never seen a player who has had more heart than Michael Jordan"-Steven A King