KOBE HAVING CAREER SEASON
As someone who has thought for several years that Kobe Bryant has been vastly overrated as a basketball player, I must admit that this season, his 17th, at the ripe old age of 34, he is having his greatest shooting season.
His field goal percentage through his first 22 games is .488 – a full 20 percentage points higher than his previous high for field goal percentage for a season set way back in the 1999-2000 season. His three point field goal percentage of .393 easily bests his previous high for a season, of .383 – set back in the 2002-2003 season. As for Kobe’s best free throw percentage for a season, it occurred back in 2006-2007 when he shot .868 for the season. But this season, Kobe has made 86.1 percent of his free throws and through 21 games, his percentage was higher than in any previous season, but he only made seven out of ten free throws in his 22nd game to drop below his previous high percentage.
And Kobe isn’t taking it easy this season. He is averaging 37.6 minutes per game and is leading the league in scoring with 29.2 points per game – a full 1.5 points per game more than Carmelo Anthony (27.5 ppg) and 2.2 points per game over last year’s scoring champ, Kevin Durant who is averaging 27.2 points per game.
That said, the Los Angeles Lakers, who are obviously loaded with basketball talent, have underperformed badly winning only nine of their first 22 games and are stuck in 12th place in the Western Conference. Even more ironic is the fact that despite Kobe’s good shooting this season, the more he shoots, the less the Lakers win. In fact, the Lakers have won only once this season when Kobe has scored 30 or more points in a game.
So,barring major changes, it appears that Kobe will win the NBA scoring title with his highest scoring average in the last six years – and the Lakers, barring much better play, will not make the playoffs.