Is Kobe Bryant Better Than Larry Bird? And Where Does He Rank All Time?

March 20th, 2010 by Nate Smith Leave a reply »

Kobe Bryant’s ranking on the all-time list is debatable. Some people have elevated him to GOAT status and some people claim that he’s barely a top 20 player of all time. Most people have him in the top 10 of all time, but there is intense disagreement as to where on the top 10 list he falls.

Some people claim that he’s the greatest Laker of all time, which would put him right above Magic Johnson on the all-time list since Magic and Kobe both played for the Lakers their entire career. Saying Kobe is the greatest Laker of all time is the equivalent of saying that Kobe is greater than Magic Johnson. Period.

Johnson, to me, is the third-greatest player of all time. My top three are: 1) Michael Jordan, 2) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 3) Magic Johnson. Kobe is not there...yet.

So for Kobe, he’ll have to settle for a place in the fourth through 10th categories. His competition is Russell, Wilt, Bird, Shaq, Duncan and Hakeem. Those names are legendary. Just to be included on this list means you’ve achieved basketball immortality.

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