Kobe Bryant at the top of The Sporting News' list of top 50 NBA players
The Sporting News ranked Lakers guard Kobe Bryant first on its list of the top 50 NBA players, a revelation that's not necessarily eye-opening but interesting because the results are based on the a panel of 76 current and former players, coaches and general managers.
"Every year, we look for ways that he has lost a step and you look for ways that younger guys like LeBron or Kevin Durant have caught up to him -- and maybe in the middle of January, you can find some of those," a Western Conference scout told The Sporting News. "But Kobe is always going to make a smart play, he is always going to find a way to get a good shot, no matter what stage of the game or how deep in the playoffs, and I don't think the younger guys in the league are there yet."
Perhaps a dose of perspective regarding Bryant, who's been shooting 42.1% in the last five games ...
-- Mark Medina
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