Why don’t people consider Kobe the Goat, compared to Lebron or Jordan?

Unfortunately, a good portion of casual NBA fans do consider Kobe the goat.. but he shouldn’t be in that convo at all.

I can break down several reasons why:

  • Kobe has less MVPs than Jordan or Lebron. Jordan has 4 more and Bron has 3 more.
  • Kobe has less FMVPs than Jordan or Lebron. Jordan has 4 more and Bron has 2 more.
  • Kobe has less PPG than Jordan or Lebron. Jordan averages 5 more PPG and Bron averages 2 more PPG.
  • Kobe has less RPG than Jordan or Lebron. Jordan averages 1 more RPG and Bron averages 2 more RPG.
  • Kobe has less APG than Jordan or Lebron. Jordan averages 1 more APG and Bron averages 2 more APG.
  • Kobe has less FG% than Jordan or Lebron. Jordan and Lebron both average 5% more FG% than Kobe (this is a massive difference).
  • Kobe has has less playoffs PPG than Jordan or Lebron. Jordan averages 8 more PPG in the playoffs and Lebron 3 more PPG in the playoffs.
  • Kobe has less 30 PT and 35 PT Finals games than Jordan or Lebron.
  • Kobe has less 30 PT and 35 PT playoff games than Jordan or Lebron.
  • Kobe has 1 Finals out of 7 averaging over 30+ PPG. Compared to 5 Finals for Jordan and 3 Finals for Lebron.
  • Kobe has 3 Finals out of 7 where he performed poorly (2000, 2004, 2008). Jordan has 1 Finals out of 6 (1996) and Bron has 2 Finals out of 10 (2007, 2011) where they performed poorly.
  • He blew a 3–1 lead in the playoffs; something Bron and Jordan have never done
  • He averages 22 PPG in elimination games – this is below a long list of other superstars including Jordan and Lebron (who are #2 and #1 in this category respectively)
  • He is #19 all time in playoffs PPG. Jordan is #1 all time and Bron is #6 all time.
  • He has always needed an all star big man + Phil Jackson to win. Bron and Jordan have won without all star big men.
  • He is #64 all time in WS/48. Jordan is #2 all time and Bron is #9 all time.
  • He is #29 all time in PER. Jordan is #2 all time and Bron is #3 all time.

See.. all these reasons is why graphics like this make no sense, he doesn’t belong with Jordan or Lebron at all

^ and why nobody should take anybody who thinks Kobe is #2 after Jordan all time seriously. Their arguments for Kobe being over Lebron are basically Kobe has more rings, has ‘killer instinct’, more loyal, had more regular season scoring ‘explosions’, more skilled, better work ethic, better highlights, more quotes from NBA players etc all of which are flawed, misleading arguments or based on something totally subjective.


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