ESPN's summer tradition of turning the offseason into a chance to rank every NBA player has finally put it's sights on Kobe Bryant. ESPN ranked Bryant at No. 93, just ahead of his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Trevor Ariza. This is a huge fall from his ranking last season, where he came in at No. 40.
Does it matter? No, not really. Kobe could be ranked anywhere, by any site, and it wouldn't hold much weight either way until we actual get a chance to see him play. And really, what's a ranking anyway?
It's not all that surprising that ESPN ranked him so low after three consecutive season-ending injuries as he enters his 20th season with the Lakers. If you can count 92 players better than the Black Mamba, more power to you, and hey it might be right on the spot. L.A. fans will enjoy what may be the final year of his career, and where he's ranked in October holds little value heading into the season.
Here's what the snippet on Kobe said, via ESPN:
At this stage, Kobe has turned into a parody of himself, with seemingly every field-goal attempt coming "against all odds," as Bryant dominates the ball during possessions and often shooting long jumpers against double coverage.
Sounds about right:
Never a happy medium with Kobe. What do you think about his ranking? The polls are open below!