Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan

Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are two of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history. Although they played 8 games against one another, they were part of different eras, with Jordan’s career spanning 1984 – 2003 (with several periods of retirement between 1993 and 2003) and Bryant’s career beginning in 1996.

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Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 205 lb (93.0 kg) 215 lb (98 kg)
League NBA NBA
Championships 5 6
Finals MVP 2 (2009-2010) 6 (1991–1993, 1996–1998)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Brooklyn, New York
MVPs 1 (2008) [5.88%] 5 (1988, 1991–1992, 1996, 1998)
Salary $30.4 million (2013-14) $1,030,000 (2002-03)
Points Per Game 25.5 30.1
Nickname Black Mamba MJ, Air Jordan, HIs Airness
NBA Draft 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13 Selected by the Charlotte Hornets 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3 Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro Career 1996-present (17 years) 1984–2003 (19 years)
Assists Per Game 4.8 5.3
All Stars 15 (1998, 2000-2013) [88.24%] 14 (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002–2003)
Team Los Angeles Lakers Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards
Steals Per Game 1.5 2.3
Position(s): SG/SF SG/SF
Rebounds Per Game 5.3 6.2
High school Lower Merion HS, Lower Merion, Pennsylvania Emsley A. Laney (Wilmington, North Carolina)
All-Star MVP 4 (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011) [26.67%] 3 (1988, 1996, 1998)
Blocks Per Game 0.5 0.8
FG% 45.4% 49.7%
3FG% 33.6% 32.7%
Jersey 8; 24 23, 45, 9
FT% 83.8% 83.5%
Scoring Champion 2 (2006–2007) [11.76%] 10 (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
Olympics 2 Gold medals (2008, 2012) 2 Gold medals (1984, 1992)
Rookie of the Year 0 1
Date of birth August 23, 1978 February 17, 1963
All-NBA First Team 11 (2002, 2003, 2005–2013) 10 (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
All-NBA Second Team 2 (2000, 2004) 1 (1985)
All-Defensive Teams 12 (2000-2004, 2006-2012) [70.59%] 9 (1988–1993, 1996–1998)
Career Points 31,617 32,292
Assists 5,887 5,633
Career Defensive Rebounds 5,145 5,004
Career Offensive Rebounds 1,430 1,668
Career FG'S Made-Attempted-FG% 11,024 - 24,301 - 45.4% 12,192 - 24,537 - 49.7%
Career 3 PT Made-Attempted- 3PT% 1,637 - 4,879 - 33.36% 581 - 1,778 - 32.7%
Career FT'S Made-Attempted-FG% 7,932 - 9,468 - 83.8% 7,327 - 8,772 - 83.5%
Career Turnovers 3,719 2,924
Awards 5× NBA Champion (2000, 2001, 2002); NBA Most Valuable Player (2008); 11× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2009); 2× NBA Scoring Champion (2006–2007); 6× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2008); 2× All-NBA Second Team (2000–2001); 6× NBA champion (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998); 6× NBA Finals MVP (1991–1993, 1996–1998); 5× NBA Most Valuable Player (1988, 1991–1992, 1996, 1998); 14× NBA All-Star; 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP; 10× NBA scoring champion
Nationality American American
Career Rebounds 6,575 6,672
Career Personal Fouls 3,164 2,783
Marital status Married; 2 kids Divorced; 2 kids. Now engaged to Yvette Prieto

Contents: Kobe Bryant vs Michael Jordan

edit Early Life

Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia on August 23rd 1978. He was the youngest of three children. His father, Joe Bryant, was a former Philadelphia 76ers player and former head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks. Bryant started playing basketball at age 3, and his favorite team was the Lakers. When he was 6, his father quit the NBA and moved the family to Italy. Bryant played soccer and learned French and Italian while there, and returned to the US in the summer to play basketball. He attended Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, where he begun playing for the varsity team as a freshman.

Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17th 1963. He played baseball, football and basketball at Emsley A. Laney High School, but was rejected from the Varsity team in sophomore year because he was too short. He earned a spot on the varsity roster in his junior year. In 1981, he began attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a basketball scholarship.

edit Career

Kobe Bryant joined the NBA straight after graduating highschool and has played for the Los Angeles Lakers for his entire career. He was the 13th draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, and was then immediately traded to the Lakers. He was youngest ever NBA starter at 18 years, 158 days. By the end of his first season, he averaged 15.5 minutes a game, and was winner of the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. Since 1999, he has been one of the league’s premier shooting guards and has won five NBA championships.

Michael Jordan left university in 1984 to draft into the NBA. He was the Chicago Bulls’ 3rd overall pick. In his first season, he averaged 28.2 ppg on 51.5% shooting and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated just one month into his professional career. He was voted an All-Star starter in his rookie season, and then Rookie of the Year. He broke his foot in his second season and missed 64 games, but recovered in time for the playoffs. He retired in 1993 after the murder of his father and signed a minor league baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox. He returned to the NBA in 1995, and retired again in 1999, before becoming part owner and president of the Washington Wizards. In 2001, he returned to the NBA again as a player for the Washington Wizards, with the intention of donating his salary to the September 11 relief efforts. He played his final season in 2002-2003.

edit Playing Style

Kobe Bryant plays as a shooting guard, but can also play the small forward positions. He is known for creating his own shots and is a competent three-point shooter.

Michael Jordan was a shooting guard, but also played small forward, especially during his time with the Washington Wizards and as a point guard. He was a strong clutch performer with prolific trash-talk and a well-known work ethic. He had a versatile offensive game, with a trademark fadeaway jump shot.

edit Kobe Bryant vs Michael Jordan Stats

Bryant has averaged 25.4 points per game over his career, along with 5.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals. He shoots a 45.4% career field goal percentage and 33.7% from 3-point range. Throughout his career, he has played 1161 regular season games, scoring an average of 25.4 points. He has played in 220 playoff games, scoring an average of 25.6 points per game.

Jordan played 1071 regular season games in his career, scoring an average of 30.1 points per game, along with 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals. His career field goal percentage is 49.7% and he is 32.7% from 3-point range. He has played 179 playoff games, scoring 33.4 points per game.

edit Awards

Bryant is a 5 time NBA champion (2000-2002, 2009-2010) and was awarded NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008. He was the NBA scoring champion in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, an ESPN poll voted him the second best shooting guard in NBA history, behind Michael Jordan.

Michael Jordan was added to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009. He was 6 times NBA champion. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1984-5 and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1991. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

edit Head-to-Head

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan played each other 8 times, four when Jordan was with the Chicago Bulls and 4 when he was with the Washington Wizards. The Lakers won 5 of those games. Across these games, Bryant scored an average of 22.8 points, while Jordan scored 24.5 points.

edit Controversies

In 2003, Kobe Bryant was arrested in connection with a sexual assault complaint filed by a 19-year-old hotel employee, Katelyn. Bryant denied the rape charges. His endorsement contracts with McDonald’s and Nutella were terminated. The case was dropped by prosecutors after Faber refused to testify in the trial, and Bryant publically apologized for the incident, and the two sides settled with a civil lawsuit.

Jordan was involved in controversy in 1993 when he was seen gambling in Atlantic City the night before a game. He admitted to having $57,000 in gambling losses.

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Anonymous comments (10)

April 6, 2014, 2:02am

Micheal Jordan , is the G.O.A.T of all time , but kobe bryant as far as skill , and talent wise kobe is MJ equal , thier is not that micheal can do that kobe can't , micheal came into the nba playing with great players , like James worthy and Sam Perkins , on N.C and was coached by dean smith , so when he came to Chicago he was the go to guy , kobe came from high school , and was playing behind a all star in Eddie jones and kobe was 17 years old , next MJ got some of his game from DR J , and James worthy , now yes kobe got a lot of MJ game , but he shoot the 3 ball better than MJ , next all the players that guarded MJ was 6'3 or 6'4 , those that guarded kobe was 6'8 or 6'9 , kobe would have won at lest 6 or 7 scoring titles by now , but would and maybe 3 more MVP 's but he wouldn't have 5 championships more like 2 maybe 3 but most likely 2 for sure and 2 finals mvp's and as far as his shooting avg if he didn't have to bail his teammates out in the last and shoot with a double team or triple team in his face every time he shoots he would be at almost 50 percent , kobe had very few team mates who could hit thier shots , MJ and great shooters , hodges , the Paxton brothers , pippen , Armstrong , grant , all of those players were dead eye shooters , kobe only had fish and horry , kobe bryant is micheal Jordan equal in terms of talent , footwork , skill , and will to win , the deffence is MJ was the man as soon as the coach Collins told him it was his team , kobe had to cater and hold his game back and wait his turn behind shaq

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March 30, 2014, 7:40pm

Everyone brings up the averages per game but they don't remember Kobe came off the bench for his first two years. Kobe also after Shaq left was literally on his own some of his starters were guys like Kwame Brown and Luke Walton MJ had Pippen all of his career assure from WAS. Kobe was not carried by Shaq and you just lie to yourself by saying that, he won 2 titles without Shaq and how many did Shaq win without Kobe 1 that should say something

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August 20, 2013, 4:03am

Jordan, no brainer

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May 26, 2014, 3:07am

To say mj will destroy kobe prime vs prime is absolutely dumb, kobe in his prime was making great players look silly just like mj but that will be one hell of a game there would have to be multiple grudge matches kobe would win then mj then kobe and mj and so on. But to say kobe is not on mjs level is ridiculous

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May 26, 2014, 2:59am

I personally think kobe is better, he is just to good skill wise and work ethic wise me is too but Kobe's mentality is on another level. But i think kobe and me are equal but they both had it rough and hard on them in to different eras. Mj really didn't have as much good players as kobe did but refs barely called fouls, kobe had way more tough and great players but is a soft league now, if you give a little shove or touch ref is calling the foul. So it's hard to say who is better there will always be conversations me is better, kobe is better. But my personal opinion kobe is better, mj accused kobe of stealing all his moves but so did he by stealing dr j Larry bird magic and all other good people but that's what I think makes kobe the goat he stole some of Jordan's moves and made me in his own way and just went out there and made people look stupid. At the end of the day mj and kobe will go down as the best basketball players in the world if you put mj at 1 and oboe at 2 or kobe at 1 or mj at 2 it doesn't matter but I will say once kobe retires basketball will change dramatically and I will be sad

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April 21, 2014, 5:43am

Based on stats JORDAN is clearly the better player. Kobe has only 1 better percentage. 3 pointers. But look how many times he shot them. Michael will always be considered the best.

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January 3, 2014, 9:27am

FIRST: MICHAEL JORDAN
SECOND: LEBRON JAMES
THIRD: KOBE BRYANT

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November 1, 2013, 4:17pm

kobe no doubt.

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March 13, 2014, 1:29pm

Anyone who says Kobe is better than Jordan is either a die hard Laker fan whos opinion is obviously biased....or just doesn't even know what a basketball is. You take MJ in his prime and Kobe in his,and MJ would destroy him just like he did everyone else.

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February 22, 2014, 10:50pm

Kobe is a better shooter. Jordan is better at everything else

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