Kobe Bryant vs Michael Jordan: A Statistical Comparison
- A statistical comparison between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are two of the greatest players in the NBA history. Both of them played in different eras and ruled them. Playing at the same shooting guard position, Bryant was the closest to Jordan the game has seen since MJ retired in 2003.
Two players so similar in style that it is almost impossible to say that one is better than the other. They were considered as undisputed stars for their respective teams and won a ton of team and individual awards. It could be said that 'The Black Mamba' was the mirror image of 'His Airness'. But when it comes to the stats, let's find out who was the best.
#1 Biographical details
Born 17th February 17, 1963, Michael Jeffrey Jordan is considered as the greatest basketball player of all time. He was the 3rd overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Chicago Bulls (1984-1993, 1995-1998) and Washington Wizards (2001-2003).
Jordan was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world and is also one of the most effectively marketed athletes. His biography on the official NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." (no arguments there)
Kobe Bean Bryant, born August 23, 1978, joined the NBA straight after graduating high school. He was the 13th draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, and was then immediately traded to the Lakers and played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2016) and is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons playing with one franchise for an entire career
Both Kobe and Jordan have a similar build, playing position and style of play.