Re: The guy most comparable to Kobe is Julius Erving
I'm not certain Dr. J is the kind of player Kobe should be compared to. Kobe's game is largely based on outside shooting. While he's got a great all-around game as well, and certainly is known for fantastic dunks, it's his three-point, and fadeaway shooting ability that really defines him.
Dr. J, on the other hand, was a player whose game was primarily defined by his drives to the hoop. He could shoot, but was nowhere in the same league as Kobe in terms of overall outside shooting ability.
Both are legends.