NBA Finals Storyboards: Kobe Bryant
See below for the “NBA Finals Storyboards” of Kobe Bryant. Each and every Finals series he played has been measured, analyzed and charted below. “Black Mamba” forever etched his name into Lakers lore by winning 5 titles while wearing the purple-and-gold.
These “storyboards” were incredibly FUN for me to assemble, as I learned so much about the players and the teams involved in basketball’s biggest stage. I hope you enjoy reading them! For any questions or comments, tweet me @NBAStatsLab for some fun banter. View from top-to-bottom to see each of his Finals performances in chronological order.
NOTE: I’ve graded each Finals series by calculating the player’s “RINGscore” value. Factoring into this calculation include a player’s box score performance, win/loss result, # of games played, the difficulty of competition, # of times player led a game in stats, the player’s statistical rank over his peers, high-game outputs, and more!
On to the stats and stories of “Black Mamba”…
1) Kobe Bryant – 2000 NBA Finals – LAL vs IND
Click to enlarge Kobe’s 2000 NBA Finals Storyboard. Young “Bean” got his first taste of gold.
2) Kobe Bryant – 2001 NBA Finals – LAL vs PHI
Click to enlarge Kobe’s 2001 NBA Finals Storyboard. Bryant excelled in his matchup vs Allen Iverson, the league’s MVP.
3) Kobe Bryant – 2002 NBA Finals – LAL vs NJN
Click to enlarge Kobe’s 2002 NBA Finals Storyboard. With a 3-peat under his belt, the young superstar was officially on a HOF trajectory.
4) Kobe Bryant – 2004 NBA Finals – LAL vs DET
Click to enlarge Kobe’s 2004 NBA Finals Storyboard. This was the end of the Shaq/Kobe era #sadface
5) Kobe Bryant – 2008 NBA Finals – LAL vs BOS
Click to enlarge Kobe’s 2008 NBA FInals Storyboard. This storied rivalry added another incredible chapter to its’ history. The Lakers fell short, stifled by an all-time elite defense.
6) Kobe Bryant – 2009 NBA Finals – LAL vs ORL
Click to enlarge Kobe’s 2009 NBA Finals Storyboard. “Black Mamba” posted his best Finals performance here, no doubt about it!
7) Kobe Bryant – 2010 NBA Finals – LAL vs BOS
Click to enlarge Kobe’s 2010 NBA Finals Storyboard. Locking up repeat titles & his 5th ring placed Bryant in rarified air.