Just wanted to take a break from all the frustration and the losing, so I came up with this.
Kobe's made a career out of one great season after another, after another, after another... Looking back, I just suddenly thought of what you guys think was Kobe's best season. I am not setting any standards since each of has has his/her own standards. Btw, this includes regular season and playoffs. Here is a refresher of the choices included on the poll.
2002-2003: Bryant averaged 30ppg, and shot a career high 38% from 3pt land. 9 consecutive 40+point games. Three pointers in a game record. Some of his greatest dunks (Reverse windmill on Garnett, reverse windmill on Latrell, dunk on Yao, behind-the-back-180 on some Nugget dude... etc). Probably the year when he clearly began to establish himself as the best individual player of the game.
2005-2006: Bryant averaged 35.4ppg (the highest since Jordan) and led the Lakers (with starters Smush Parker, Walton, Odom, and Kwame) to a 45-37 record. If you asked me that's astounding considering the lineup they had. Moreover, they made it to the playoffs in the ultra competitive western conference. Oh and 81 anybody? Enough said. PS Did I mention that he had a torn tendon on his knee that needed surgery? By this season, it became the general consensus the Kobe Bryant was the best player in basketball.
2006-2007: Bryant averaged 31+ppg. If you thought that the lineup during the previous season was "scrub-filled", well this season starters Odom, Walton, and Kwame got injured. So if they were starters... then you can expect that the bench was not pretty loaded. The likes of Brian Cook (who is nowhere to be found), Maurice Evans, and Ronny Turiaf (who were still both clueless about the triangle and everything nba) had to start. Nonetheless Bryant had 4 consecutive 50+point games, and led the Lakers to the playoffs in the ultra competitive western conference... again. Record was 42-40, not as respectable as the previous season but considering the lineup we had, we ought to be thankful.
2007-2008: My personal favorite. Bryant sheds 20 pounds, regains his agility, and dunks like crazy again (MVP dunk against the hornets; christmas day dunk against the suns; etc...). Bryant wins MVP. Lakers have the best record in the West. Bryant's point average dipped a bit but that was because of the maturity and major upgrades in the roster (Gasol anybody?). Bryant suddenly did not have to be in Mamba mode for 48 mins, feeling out his teammates, and sharing the ball, only taking over when necessary. Moreover in the playoffs, before the Celtics, he averaged 30+ppg, and shot slightly above 50%... In the playoffs when the other team has its whole defense tilted towards you, this is astounding. My personal choice. Did I mention that for the later part of the season, he was playing with 9 fingers?
2008-2009: Championship year. In terms of individual performance, nothing new from Kobe. In fact he may have been below his standards during the regular season, especially come March when he shot the ball just 43% and there was a string of games when he was struggling. This was a crucial stretch when the Cavs secured the best record in the NBA. Note that he had just come from a long playoff run, and then the Olympics, so fatigue may have been a factor. Nonetheless, he was Mamba come the Western Conference Finals, and the Finals, and he gets his 4th ring - one without Shaq, and a Finals MVP.
Take your pick guys!
Which was Kobe Bryant's best season (regular season and playoffs included)? Your own standards, and your own judgment.
2002-2003 (8 votes)
2005-2006 (40 votes)
2006-2007 (7 votes)
2007-2008 (15 votes)
2008-2009 (35 votes)
Other (5 votes)
110 total votes