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Kobe Bryant at the top of The Sporting News' list of top 50 NBA players

December 2, 2010 |  1:26 pm

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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