NBA: 5 Reasons Why Kobe Bryant is Still Best Offensive Player

5 Reasons Why Kobe Bryant is Still NBA's Best Offensive Player

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Kobe Bryant will be making his return to the NBA after a knee injury brought his season to an end last year. Now, at age 35, many fans would not predict Bryant to remain a potent offensive threat. Still, let's take a look at five reasons why Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Bryant is still the best offensive player in the league.

5. Passing Ability

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5. Passing Ability

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Although many fans consider Bryant to be an unwilling passer, he recently tallied a career-high 5.6 assists per 36 minutes in the 2012-2013 NBA season. In six games last year, he averaged 7.7 assists per 36 minutes, but that number was certainly affected by a very small sample size. If Bryant's transformation as a playmaker continues, his offensive game will only strengthen.

4. Will

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4. Will

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Bryant's determination is one of his best qualities, and that cannot be disputed. Although he is now 35 years old and injuries have began to derail his career, Bryant is one of the few players who cannot be doubted. If there is one player who could come back at 35 years old after tearing an Achilles heel and injuring his knee, it is surely the Lakers' shooting guard.

3. Ability to Finish

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3. Ability to Finish

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Bryant may have lost some speed with the ball, but he still possesses the ability to finish with either hand. Bryant has demonstrated an array of moves in the paint and shading him to one hand is not a plausible option when defending him.

2. IQ

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2. IQ

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There is no doubt that Bryant is one of the smartest players in the NBA. Bryant has used this unparalleled IQ to beat defenses throughout his 18-year NBA career, and nothing will change this year as Bryant returns from injury.

1. Midrange Game

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1. Midrange Game

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Bryant’s offensive game revolves around his ability to work from the mid-post near the elbow area. He has the ability to face-up and fade-away over the defense, and his jump shot from inside the arc is one of the most indefensible shots in basketball.

Nicholas Sciria is a San Antonio Spurs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Sciria, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.