Re: How does Kobe's legacy change by winning a 6th or 7th ring in an "unwinnable" system?
One of the things that we said at the beginning of the season was that the number of shots Bryant takes will have to drop to accommodate the increased talent and that others will have to be more assertive. As of today, Bryant is averaging 26.1/5.7/4.1 on 59.4% eFG and 16.7 shots a game. That's the fewest number of shots he has taken in 14 years. Seems that, at the very least, the number of shots he has been taking has dropped. He would not have been able to maintain that level of efficiency throughout the season, but I'm interested to see just how sharply his numbers will drop off under a new system. It is apparent that being allowed to pick his spots and score closer to the basket while needing to take fewer bail out shots and taking smarter shots overall have done wonders for his efficiency. I wonder just how much that will change.
The notion that he should be used primarily as a jump shooter is....... amusing. If that is truly how D'Antoni plans to use him, the Lakers should trade Bryant for Kevin Martin right away. They would save tons of money.