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Do You Agree With ESPN Ranking Kobe Bryant As The 40th Best Player In The NBA Right Now?

Submitted by on October 16, 2014 – 12:00 pm2 Comments

Last year, ESPN placed Kobe Bryant at No. 25 on their annual #NBArank list of NBA player rankings. And people were not happy about it. Even though Kobe was coming off of a major injury, they thought that it was very disrespectful for The Worldwide Leader in Sports to rank Kobe that low—and they took to Twitter to bash ESPN for doing it. So can you even imagine what they’re going to do this year now that ESPN has ranked Kobe at—get this—No. 40 on their #NBArank list? There’s going to be rioting in the streets! Angry Kobe fans are going to take over ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn. and take the network off the air! Kobe is going to refuse to talk to ESPN ever again! It’s going to be…now, just wait a second.

The truth of the matter is that the #NBArank list does not rank players based on their entire careers. The people who put it together don’t factor Kobe’s five rings into the discussion or look at the big picture as it relates to Kobe when they do their rankings. Rather, the rankings are based on this year and look to project which players will have the best seasons and which deserve top billing over others. And when you look at it that way, doesn’t No. 40 sound right for Kobe? In fact, you could argue that Kobe deserves to be lower on the list, not higher, because of where he’s at in his career.

Last season, Kobe played in less than 10 games for the Lakers because of injury. He’s not as young as he used to be, and his body can’t handle the grind of an NBA season. That’s not an opinion, either. That’s a fact, based on his last two seasons. And nothing that Kobe has done in recent years leads us to believe that he can take a mediocre Lakers team and lead them to an NBA title this season. It’s why he deserves to be at No. 40 instead of No. 35 or No. 30 or even No. 25 where he landed last year—and why people need to stop acting so shocked when Kobe falls so low on annual player ranking lists. He’s clearly not the same player he used to be. And while he deserves to be respected, he also deserves to be treated fairly on ranking lists. And No. 40 is fair for the 2014 version of Kobe Bryant, whether you like it or not.

Do you think Kobe Bryant deserved to be ranked higher on ESPN’s #NBArank list this year? Let us know.

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  • Reggie carter says:

    Most ludacris ranking ive ever seen , do the math people
    At 36 yrs old injuries included, yet and still his body of work is far more than
    95% of todays ” nba” players ever will achieve, its even
    More than many former greats, !! At 50% kobes knowledge of the
    Game places him at apex above younger, more
    Athletic” superstars” in this watered down league
    Again ESPNs millennium generation at work showing there profound
    Ignorance! Listen people kobe bryant is ” the closest one” had it not
    Been for MJ he would be the best.. His killer instinct, distinct skillset
    And top it off with his obsession with being a student of the game
    This man has mastered his craft!!! Lets see who can stop him???
    Including LBJ.. Overall mental, how he thinks the game ? No parallel
    Hes still atheletic!! Basketball IQ exceedes any of these guys, 5 rings
    5??!!!!! 5 rings!! Nothin left to accomplish! Disrespectful even if u dont
    Like him as a person! Game dont lie!!!! Science

  • Reggie carter says:

    One last thing “scav” lol.. Theres no reason to believe hardly any one person will lead a team to
    A title! Kobe has again looked around the laker locker room and sees very little help, his fault?
    Talk to lil j . Bussy and mitch bout that, kobe’s gonna be kobe! That alone by now should speak for it self .. I cant wait to see 39-1 ranked players i wonder how many of them can lead a team to a tiltle … Alone?? Wait .. I guarantee the same number cant and wont do it with help!! Lbj(4sure) durant? (Mayb) carmelo( smh) dirk has one, d wade ( yes) duncan of course.. Who else legitimately is a hall of famer in this league??? Only thing these guys in this nba practice is lookin good! Huge smoke screen! Long as kobe dawns a jersey and steps on the court hes the best… What hes been robbed of physically he makes up for psychologically,and adds to his game, thats greatness ! To remain relevant and at the top of his craft at this point in his career.. Speaks to his genius , it doesnt contribute to his demise…

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