Today, ESPN ranked Kobe Bryant as the 25th best player in the NBA. Yes, somewhat ironically, they’re saying that there are 24 other players better than…well, number 24.
Of course, Bryant is still recovering from an Achilles injury and nobody knows what level he’s going to be at when he returns. Still, the man came fifth in MVP voting just months ago after having one of his best seasons in years.
So, if Kobe’s at 25, who’s ahead of him? At number 24 is Chris Bosh, a man who averaged 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last season. Let that sink in.
UPDATE: ESPN has placed Joakim Noah from the Chicago Bulls at 23 and Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert at number 22.
Bryant already drew motivation from ESPN’s ranking of his Lakers during the summer – they said Los Angeles would finish 12th in the West – and this will likely add even more fuel to the Black Mamba’s fire.
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