Kobe Bryant‘s last game signals the end of one of the most illustrious careers in NBA history.
But where exactly does the Mamba stack up against the greatest to ever play the game?
We’re not here to convince you one way or another, but let’s take a quick look at Kobe’s resume.
In 20 NBA seasons–all with the Los Angeles Lakers–the former No. 13 overall pick has tallied 33,583 points (3rd all-time), 7,043 rebounds (100th), 6,302 assists (29th) and 1,943 steals (15th). In terms of more advanced numbers, he has a career player efficiency rating of 22.9 (23th) and 172.5 total win shares (15th).
The 37-year-old has won five NBA championships, two Finals MVP’s and one regular-season MVP. He was named to 18 All-Star games, 11 All-NBA First Teams and nine NBA All-Defensive First Teams. He led the league in scoring in 2005-06 and 06-07, and, of course, has the second most points (81) ever in a game:
Kobe has always been somewhat of a controversial player. Some are bothered by the lack of efficiency he, at times, displayed on the court, while others question how he was as a teammate.
But while he has some traits that rubbed some the wrong way, there’s very little question that when it comes to the Mamba’s scoring ability, intensity and passion for the game, he is absolutely unmatched.
Where exactly that places him among the NBA greats is something that will be discussed for a very long time to come.