"His Airness" Or "The Black Mamba"

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The debate lives on...




The Kobe Bryant v.s. Michael Jordan debate will be one for the ages. This is a argument that will never have a solid winner as long as there are die heart fans out there, but I'm just here to provide the facts and thats it...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Numbers Don't Lie.

Jordan's career stats (averages added for '85-'98):
FGM (field goals made): 148.9
FGA (field goals attempted): 299.8
3P (3-pointers made): 7.7
3PA (3-pointers attempted): 22.7

Now subtract the 3P from FGM, and 3PA from FGA and you get: 141.2 FGM / 277.1 FGA =50.9%
A career 50.9% FG from the mid-range.


Kobe's career stats (averages added for '99-'11 to match Jordan's 12 years):

FGM: 116.2
FGA: 254.8
3P: 16.7
3PA: 49.3

Now subtract Kobe's 3's from his overall field goal and you get: 99.5 FGM / 205.5 FGA = 48.4%

Between Kobe and Jordan, there is a 2.5% difference in efficiency.

Now let's take a look at their total attempts:

Jordan's career totals from '85-'98:
FGM: 10962 shots

FGA: 21686 shots
3P: 555 shots
3PA: 1670 shots

Same mathematics. Eliminate the three-pointer from the overall shots and you get: 10407 (shots made) / 20016 (shots attempted)

And now Kobe:
FGM: 8783 shots
FGA: 19256 shots
3P: 1265 shots
3PA: 3728 shots

Same math: 7518 (shots made) / 15528 (shots attempted)


So let's compare their post/mid-range game:
Jordan's field goal: 50.9%
Kobe's field goal: 48.4%

Jordan's total shots made and attempted: 10407 / 20016
Kobe's total shots made and attempted: 7518 / 15528

Already you can tell how different their games are. Kobe played a lot as a wing shooter and Jordan played closer to the rim than Kobe did. Jordan took 4500 more shots in the mid-range than Kobe.

If using the statistics, Kobe emulated Jordan's mid-range game throughout his career, it would look like this:
Kobe's FG (48.4%) x Jordan's total shot attempts (20016) = 9687

Jordan's total made (10407) - Kobe's total made (9687) = 720 shots made
Jordan would have made 720 more shots in the post and mid-range than Kobe would have, over the 12-year course.
That would amount to: 720 shots / 12 years = 60 more shots made by Jordan per year
Which would translate to: 60 shots / 82 games a year = 0.73 shots per game. Basically Kobe would have missed less than 1 shot a game than Jordan would have.

Numbers don't tell the whole story, but "numbers don't lie" is a misleading statement. The difference in efficiency is heavily influenced by Bryant's perimeter game, as well as Jordan's lack-of. Of course, this is not an article to argue who the G.O.A.T. is. Jordan was a player that can't be matched in history, but there is a huge double standard when it comes to comparing the two.

More than Basketball Players

Kobe Bryant is the official ambassador for After-School All-Stars, a national children’s charity that provides after-school programs to 72,000 inner-city kids.




Kobe Bryant has supported the following charities:

If you sit back and watch a highlight tape of Kobe Bryant you come across moments of Hall of Fame greatness from the likes of Oscar Robertson the way he freezes defenders and creates space, also you will see the deadly pull-up jumper he copied  from Jerry West, and lastly the newest addition to his arsenal the post-up shake-and go he learned from Hakeem Olajuwon. Kobe Bryant has incorporated these legendary moves into his game by breaking down these legends in their moments of greatness. 






A huge portion of Kobe Bryant's game came from watching and playing the likes of Michael Jordan on particular game where Kobe Bryant would learn from Michael Jordan would be the 1998 All-star game. Michael Jordan would give Kobe Bryant small lessons in the game that Kobe Bryant would come right back down the court and do the exact same thing Jordan did a play before. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Shooting Ability and Percentage

Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant are known for their unstoppable scoring abilities on the basketball court. These two individuals could score from anywhere on the floor with ease. Kobe Bryant may be a far better pure shooter than Michael Jordan, but Jordan’s ability to get to the basket and finish with contact is unmatched. With this in Jordan’s arsenal he finished his career with a high field goal percentage. Jordan had the ability to make everyone else around him a major threat on the court this is still a concept that Bryant is still grasping. Bryant’s field goal percentage is low because he has led the NBA multiple times in field goal attempts.

Here is a Comparison to Field Goal percentage between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.

Kobe has only 7 career 50 point games or higher against top 10 rated defenses. Jordan had 22 career 50 point games or higher against top 10 rated NBA defenses.

Seasons over 32 points per game:
Michael Jordan: 5
Kobe Bryant: 1   
Regular season
Seasons under 50% shooting:
Kobe Bryant: 15
Michael Jordan: 9
Seasons under 48% shooting:
Kobe Bryant: 15
Michael Jordan: 5
Seasons over 50% shooting:
Kobe Bryant: 0
Michael Jordan: 6
Seasons over 52% shooting:
Kobe Bryant: 0
Michael Jordan: 4
Regular season
Games with under 50% shooting:
Michael Jordan: 489
Kobe Bryant: 678
Regular season
Games with under 48% shooting:
Michael Jordan: 458
Kobe Bryant: 651
Regular season
Games with under 46% shooting:
Michael Jordan: 388
Kobe Bryant: 578
Regular season
Games with under 44% shooting:
Michael Jordan: 296
Kobe Bryant: 490
Regular season
Games with under 42% shooting:
Michael Jordan: 234
Kobe Bryant: 426
Regular season
Games with under 40% shooting:
Michael Jordan: 158
Kobe Bryant: 344
Regular season
Games with under 35% shooting:
Michael Jordan: 88
Kobe Bryant: 207
Regular season
Games with under 30% shooting:
Michael Jordan: 41
Kobe Bryant: 107
Regular season
Games with 60% or better shooting:
Michael “Air” Jordan: 173
Kobe “Bean” Bryant: 129
Regular season
Games with 50% or better shooting:
Michael “Air” Jordan: 556
Kobe “Bean” Bryant: 425
Regular season
Games with 20 shots made on 60% or better shooting:
MJ: 16
Kobe: 3
Regular season
Games with 50 points & less than 10 free throw attempts:
MJ: 3
Kobe: 1
NBA Playoffs
50 point or higher games:
Kobe: 1
MJ: 8
NBA Playoffs
40 point or higher games:
Kobe: 11
MJ: 38
NBA Playoffs
30 point or higher games:
Kobe: 81
MJ: 109
Regular season & Playoffs combined
40 point or higher games:
MJ: 211
Kobe: 118
Regular season & Playoffs combined
30 point or higher games:
MJ: 671
Kobe: 441
Regular season
Games with 40 points and under 50% shooting:
MJ: 29
Kobe: 45
Yes, that’s right, almost half of Kobe’s 40 point games involved missing more shots than made ones.
Regular Season Turnovers:
Kobe: 3228 in 1103 games
MJ: 2924 in 1072 games
Regular season
50 point games with under 50% shooting:
Michael Jordan: 1 of his 31 games (15-31, 48%)
Kobe Bryant: 6 of his 24 games
Regular season
50 point games with under 45% shooting:
Michael Jordan: 0
Kobe Bryant: 3

Monday, April 16, 2012

Records

NBA Records: Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan 
MJ
Michael Jordan:NBA Records: NBA Finals scoring average. 41.0 (1993), Regular Season Career Scoring average. 30.1, Points per Game (Playoffs) Career Average. 33.4, NBA scoring titles 10 (1987-93, 1996-98), Consecutive NBA Scoring Titles 7(1987-93),  Most Points in a Playoff Game 63
(Against Boston on May 20, 1986, first round), Most Final MVP (1991-93, 1996-98), All-Defensive First Team (1988-93, 1996-98), total points, playoffs, career 5,987, Field Goals Attempted, playoffs 4,497, Free Throws Made, playoffs 1,463,  Consecutive games with 10 or more points 866, Slam Dunk Contest Titles 2 (1987-1988). 
Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Franchise Records:Total Points, Career, Regular Season 29,277, scoring average, career, regular season 31.5 FGA: 21686, FGM: 10962, FTA: 8115, FTM: 6798, Games: 930, Min: 35887, Def. Reb: 4289, Tot Reb: 5836, Assists: 5012, Steals: 2306, Turnovers: 2589
Michael Jordan All-Star Records: Most Points, All-Star Game, Career 262 Most Field Goals Attempted, Career 233, Most Field Goals made, Career 110 Most Filed Goals Attempted, Game 27 (2003) Total Steals, Career 37









Kobe Bryant NBA Records: Most All-Star Game MVP awards won, career: 4 Most All-Star Game points scored, career: 271  Most All-Defensive First Team honors won, career: 9 Most three-point field goals made, one game: 12 (on January 7, 2003 vs. Seattle SuperSonics; Most three-point field goals made, one half: 8 (on March 28, 2003 vs. Washington Wizards; Most three-point field goal attempts, career-playoffs: 822 Most free throws made, four-game playoff series: 51 (second round vs. Sacramento Kings, 2001) Most points scored in one arena, career: 13,812 
Surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon , the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to score 20,000 points: (29 years, 122 days)
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Became one of only three players to reach the milestone under the age of 30. The other two are Chamberlain (29 years, 134 days) and Michael Jordan (29 years, 326 days).
Youngest player to score 23,000 points: (30 years, 171 days)Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to score 24,000 points: (31 years, 76 days) Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record Youngest player to score 25,000 points: (31 years, 151 days) Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to score 26,000 points: (32 years, 80 days)[Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to score 27,000 points: (32 years, 160 days)
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to score 28,000 points: (33 years, 131 days)
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to score 29,000 points: (33 years, 199 days)
Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
Youngest player to be named to the NBA All-Rookie Team: (1996–97)
Youngest player to be named to the NBA All-Defensive Team: (1999–00)
Youngest player to start a game: (18 years, 158 days)
Youngest player to start an All-Star game
Youngest player to win the NBA Slam Dunk Championship: (18 years, 169 days)
Only player in NBA history to score at least 600 points in the postseason for three consecutive years.
633 (2008), 695 (2009), 671 (2010)


Most seasons played 15 (1996–1997 to 2010–2011)
Most playoff seasons played 14 (1997 – 2004, 2006 – 2011) 
Kobe Bryant Skies for Dunk against the Cavailers.
Games: Most career regular-season games played: 1,103 Most career playoff games played: 208  
Points: Career: 28,988 (as of March 9, 2012) Surpassed Jerry West, the previous holder of the record, on February 1, 2010 Career, playoffs: 5,280 (as of May 12, 2011) Surpassed Jerry West, the previous holder of the record, on April 23, 2010) Season: 2,832 (2005–06) Game: 81 (on January 22, 2006 vs. Toronto Raptors) Half: 55 (2nd half, on January 22, 2006 vs. Toronto Raptors) Quarter: 30 (twice, most recently on November 30, 2006 in 3rd quarter vs. Utah Jazz) Games scoring 60 points or more, career: 5 (as of March 22, 2011) Games scoring 50 points or more, career: 24 (as of March 22, 2011) Games scoring 50 points or more, season: 10 (2006–07) Games scoring 40 points or more, career: 110 (as of January 13, 2012) Games scoring 40 points or more, season: 27 (2005–06)
 Field goals made and attempted Consecutive games of 50 points or more: 4 (March 16–23, 2007) Behind Wilt Chamberlain (7 consecutive games five times in 1961–62) Consecutive games of 40 points or more: 9 (February 6–23, 2003) Tied with Michael Jordan (1986–87) and behind Wilt Chamberlain (14 consecutive games twice in 1961–62 and 10 consecutive games in 1962–63) Career attempts: 22,304 (as of March 9, 2012) Career: 10,118 (as of March 9, 2012) Career, playoffs: 1,882 (as of May 12, 2011) Career attempts, playoffs: 4,198 (as of May 12, 2011) Half: 18 (2nd half, on January 22, 2006 vs. Toronto Raptors) Half attempts: 28 (tied with Elgin Baylor; on November 17, 2002 at Boston Celtics) Half, playoffs: 12 (tied with Elgin Baylor; on April 20, 2003 at Minnesota Timberwolves) Quarter: 11 (twice, most recently on January 22, 2006 vs. Toronto Raptors) Quarter attempts, playoffs: 13 (tied with 3 players; on May 13, 2003 at San Antonio Spurs) 
Free throws made and attempted: Career: 7,281 (as of March 9, 2012) Career attempts: 8,807 (as of April 1, 2012) Career, playoffs: 1,241 (as of June 18, 2011) Career attempts, playoffs: 1,522 (as of June 18, 2011) Game: 23 (twice, most recently on January 31, 2006 vs. New York Knicks) Game, playoffs: 21 (on May 4, 2008 vs. Utah Jazz) Half: 17 (on January 30, 2001 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers) Quarter: 14 (on February 27, 2007 vs. Utah Jazz) Quarter, playoffs: 11 (tied with 3 players; on May 8, 1997 vs. Utah Jazz) Consecutive: 62 (January 11–22, 2006) 
Three-point field goals made and attempted Career: 1,418 (as of March 9, 2012) Career, playoffs: 275 (as of March 9, 2012) Game: 12 (on January 7, 2003 vs. Seattle SuperSonics) Half: 8 (1st half, on March 28, 2003 vs. Washington Wizards) Consecutive: 9 (on January 7, 2003 vs. Seattle SuperSonics) Career attempts: 4,376 (as of March 9, 2012) Career attempts, playoffs: 822 (as of June 18, 2011) Season attempts: 518 (2005–06) Game attempts: 18 (on January 7, 2003 vs. Seattle SuperSonics) Steals Half: 6 (tied with 3 players; on February 13, 2006 vs. Utah Jazz) Quarter, playoffs: 3 (five times, tied with 9 players; most recently on June 15, 2008 vs. Boston Celtics) 
Minutes played Career: 41,653 (as of March 9, 2012) Career, playoffs: 8,165 (as of June 18, 2011) 
Personal Fouls career, playoffs: 627 (as of June 18, 2011)