Why Kobe Bryant Is The Greatest NBA Player of 21st Century

By Christian Nelson
Kobe Bryant
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In the past decade, there have been a few marquee players that have been the “face” of the NBA.

You could make the argument for Miami Heat‘s LeBron James or Oklahoma City Thunder‘s Kevin Durant, and certainly those two players are some of the best in NBA history.

James has had four MVP awards, two NBA Finals MVP awards, nine All-Star appearances, and a wide variety of other incredible feats. Durant is a three-time scoring champion and a four-time All- NBA First Team forward.

But even with all of that, the best player of the 21st century has yet to be mentioned. Ever heard of Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant?

Before we talk about modern day Bryant, let’s go through his credentials that put him on top of the NBA.

The Black Mamba is a five-time NBA Champion,two- time NBA Finals MVP, 2008 NBA MVP, 15-time NBA All-Star, four-time NBA All-Star Game MVP, two-time NBA scoring champion, 11-time All-NBA First Team guard, nine-time All-Defensive First Team guard, all-time leading scorer in Los Angeles Lakers team history, Sports Illustrated NBA All-Decade First Team guard, and that is only about half of his many credentials.

Bryant is coming off an injury (torn Achilles tendon) in 2013 that most can never overcome, yet he has resumed play only a couple of months after the beginning of the very next season.

The heart of Bryant is simply unmatched. The Lakers star has been the most relentless, potent player in the NBA since his arrival in the league in the 90s. And the absolutely mind-boggling fact of it all is he is still one of the best 18 years into his pro career.

Not LeBron, not Durant, not anyone has the credentials Bryant possesses. No one has the heart, no one has has faced more adversity, and certainly no one has led a team for almost two decades on his shoulders to incredible success on their own like Bryant.

Kobe Bryant is not just one of the greatest of all-time or the closest competitor to Michael Jordan, but he’s the best NBA player of the 21st century; and you can bet the bank on that.

Christian Nelson is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google. 

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