Blogtable: Kobe, putting up numbers

Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.


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> Kobe Bryant has averaged 25.5 points a game on 45 percent shooting in his career. So take a guess: What should we expect from him this season? Why?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: We should expect Bryant to join an hyper-exclusive club this season, namely, Players Who Averaged 20 Points or More at Age 36 or Older. There have been only three — Michael Jordan (2), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (3) and Karl Malone (4) — doing it a total of nine times. Given Bryant’s relentless drive, his Jordan obsession and his shortage of scoring help on the Lakers, I expect him to put up the point totals. Keep in mind, though, that Jordan shot a combined 43.1 percent in his two seasons, averaging 21.2 points with the lowest PER numbers (19.9 combined) of his career.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.com: You’re asking this without a benefit of seeing a single preseason game, anything?  OK, going strictly on gut and what we know about Kobe, I have a hard time seeing him averaging less than 20 ppg. Maybe the shooting percentage is in the low 40s. Why? Because he’s driven to come back as the alpha dog. Because if his wheels are OK, he’s dead set on proving everyone who doubts him wrong. Because he’s going to get up his shots. Because he’s Kobe.

Jeff Caplan, NBA.com: Here’s the thing, look at the Lakers roster, somebody’s got to score, right? Pau’s not even there anymore for an inside option. This show is going to be Kobe’s and as long as he stays healthy he’s going to get off a lot of shots and get his points. He hasn’t averaged fewer than 25 ppg since the 2003-04 season when he averaged 24. This might not be the same Kobe we’re used to, but honestly, we saw that coming as far back as the 2011 playoffs. This Kobe will still score points, and a lot of them because he’ll have to. He’ll average at least 22.0 a game.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: I can’t predict health. But if he plays, he plays well. If it’s a guess you want, let’s say 18 points a game and 42 percent. That’s not bad for a 36 year old coming off two major injuries and most of a season on the sideline. Plus, he will be playing with several teammates for the first time (Lin, Boozer, Randle, maybe Ed Davis and Jordan Clarkson). There will be a lot of timing issues moving forward, which is why the shooting numbers will take a hit.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: With 36-year-old legs, without much help on the Lakers’ roster, and with No. 3 on the all-time scoring list in his sights, I don’t think he’ll be all that efficient, unless Steve Nash can somehow play 1,500 minutes and create easy looks for him. I’ll guess 26 ppg on 43 percent shooting (45 EFG%).

Sekou Smith, NBA.com: I’m not ready to close the book on Kobe just yet. Not now, not when so many are sure to doubt him. That’s the stuff he thrives on, what’s made him great for so long. A reasonable expectation, as long as he’s healthy, is for Kobe to go for 24.4 points a night on 46 percent shooting on a Los Angeles Lakers team that will need that and more from its best player. There’s no doubt he’ll get all the shots he heeds under Byron Scott and his supporting cast will be eager to defer to a rejuvenated Kobe.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blog23 points per game on 42 percent shooting, in about 33 minutes per game. Kobe’s not the player he was a decade, or two decades, ago. But knowing what we know about him, the Mamba will be primed and ready to strike. And I think this season, with experience behind him and trusting Byron Scott, the Mamba will be able to temper himself a bit more and not feel the need to play 40-plus minutes every night. Which, in the long run, benefits everyone.

Davide Chinellato, NBA Italia: The 2014-15 version of Kobe Bryant will be the smartest, more passing…est version of the Kobe we’ve seen. I’m afraid part of his explosiveness is gone (due to his injuries but also his age), but he could still be a lethal weapon. He should share the ball more, play with his teammates and build from there. More or less what he tried to do in the six games he played in 2013-14, averaging 6.3 apg. My guess is 22.5 ppg and 6.5 apg, shooting 42 percent.

Simon Legg, NBA Australia: If his body stays right, I think he may average similar points per game (maybe 20-22 PPG) but will be less efficient. I only say this because I legitimately want him to abandon whatever it is the Lakers want to do with their roster full of short-term contracts and genuinely make a run at the all-time scoring record. He’s a chance to pass Michael Jordan for third all-time this season and I’d love to see him have a crack at Kareem beyond 2015. My advice to Kobe, jack it up!

28 Comments

  1. ebok says:

    Hey Kobe haters…just be glad that you have watched one of the best player in the history of NBA. If you’re really a basketball fan just watch and enjoy it!

  2. lol says:

    Kobe is gunna come back and have his best season ever averaging 36ppg on 49% 7 apg 7 rpg and the lakers gunna win the championship

  3. Paul says:

    Sekou smith youre high. Kobe at 46% with noone to take pressure off of him? I think 46% is the best kove has done. Ever. To think hes going to have the most efficient season of his career is a lot far fetched

  4. Erlo says:

    Kobe will average 31 points a game. He will score 40 in his first game back then 24 and 29. He will then break his ankle and retire.

  5. jumppong says:

    Last ride for Kobe bryant.. i don’t see this lakers team looks solid at all compare to the spurs today. spurs will eat them

  6. state27 says:

    the question is how many times does he have to shoot to put up the numbers. and if hes trying to will himself to win like usual, how long until hes injured. honestly this lakers team is building for the future with a couple guys who just arent ready to retire.
    kobe should have went somewhere when he had the chance. or the team should have brought in someone to listen the load for kobe. regardless if he wants to admit it or not. this team is in rebuilding mode. and kobe is the last remininsce of what was once a legendary winning team. maybe this team has some wins and just maybe they make the playoffs. but the lakers are no longer building around kobe. they are giving him the opportunity to finish his career when he wants.
    for this team to be what kobe wants…everyone on the team needs to have a career year

  7. alleighoops says:

    Well everyone thought he was going to average 27 last year….what did he average? What is forever written in the history books….13ppg.

  8. John L says:

    Here’s the funny thing. It’s pretty much consensus that the Lakers are believed to finish in the bottom in the west. However, if Kobe averages 23ppg on 42% wouldn’t that make them a team that would contend for a playoff spot? Those are similar numbers to Paul George last year In addition, Nick Young will avg 15 to 17 ppg, Boozer will get 12 to 14 ppg, Hill, Lin, and Nash will probably each get 9 to 12 ppg, Their 2 rookies Randle and Clarkson also look pretty good. This is a much more skilled and athletic group than the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 Lakers that were the 7th seed both years.

  9. Esmart says:

    The biggest problem is wanting to be fierce but also knowing his limitations. This one of the greatest players right here. He is going to score and what he lacks in athleticism from age and injury he makes up for in IQ and mind set. I think he will actually have a higher percentage but with less points maybe. Looking at a near 48% from the FG and 18 or 19 ppg. We will see either way.

  10. LakersFan says:

    it’s kobe. you’ll never know and predict how he thinks. he strives to win. just like what h have done last season. despite being not 100% he still played a couple of games. i think Lakers would improve this season, no playoff picture yet. but still they have a slight chance. if they stay healthy.

  11. Id Ccmics says:

    Kobe will be strong ds season has always been buh injuries messed tinz up

  12. Kobe Rozell says:

    I would like to apply for a NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers and make $1,000,000,000 a second.

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  14. Drummercash says:

    The fact that Lakers & Kobe have been labeled underdogs & are forecasted to fail by not making the playoffs, is all the more reason why the Lakers & Kobe will make the playoffs & win the title. Gr8ness comes in many forms; thus, I understand the Almighty has rendered Kobe as such and I know that He will lead them all, all the way to victory & beyond!

  15. Joseph Ferebee says:

    I truly believe in my heart and my knowledge of the game Kobe Bryant is going to be in the top 3-5 NBA scoring leaders for the 2014 season.:-) Go Lakers!!!

    • alleighoops says:

      We should be allowed to diss you forever if you are wrong. And, we probably will. You are putting your heart and knowledge on the line.

  16. harriethehawk says:

    It irks me that Kendrick Perkins won the Shaqtin a Fool award over Swaggy P. He’s foolish. And so are all the players on the Lakers squad minus Kobe. And that is just pitiful.

  17. reggohllabam'i llabehtemevig says:

    don’t matter what he’ll average, it won’t help the Lakers make any surprising noise pushing for playoffs. that roster just does not look good, and if someone mentions about trading, who are they going to trade? who would be stupid to trade whatever Lakers are willing to offer?
    this will be another straight year to the lottery. (and likely next season)

  18. angel says:

    Still makes millions, one of the best in the game. He will do some special things this year he still have some diesel in him. I have learn that people only like to speak negative things about a person they never speak positive things about them or give them credit . Admit that he is one off the best that have played the game.

  19. Paul says:

    Kobe could average 50 pts a game, it will be meaningless because he’s never going to be in the playoffs again.

  20. will says:

    Scott howard is an idiot. KOBE BRYANT averaging less than 20ppg, this guy is a fool if he actually believes that. C’mon this is KOBE BRYANT. TOP 5 Player ALL TIME.

  21. Amgry says:

    YOU CAN’T PREDICT KOBE !! THAT’S WHY HE’S KOBE !!!

  22. bill says:

    kobe will average about 23-25 points per game hopefully swaggy p can pick up some of the slack

  23. Celentano says:

    If you are no 1 option and you’re on a bad team, Ofcourse you will avg. 20+ a game..