Originally Posted by Legends66NBA7
Yeah, I know his production and legacy would be completely different.
I always thought it was amazing that he started racking up a lot of individual awards when he was deep in his career (similar to Malone in a way), so him being the first option from the start and his strong work ethic would be an interesting mix.
And the peaks and valleys you touched upon... Scenarios like 03-04 for example, perhaps don't happen either.
Btw he wouldnt have been good enough yet to score that much when he was a bench player and Shaq didn't really affect Kobes PPG the way some act like, which outside of 2005-06 and (to a lesser extent) 06-07 has stayed around the same area more or less.