Kobe Bryant, "the Black Mamba," plays as shooting guard for the LA Lakers. Bryant's professional career began directly out of high school where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. 1996 he declared himself eligible for the NBA draft and was picked by the Charlotte Hornets. However, he was immediately traded to the LA Lakers and been with that team his entire career.
Bryant is a 15-time All-Star, 14-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. As of March 2013, he ranks third and fourth on the league's all-time post-season scoring and all-time regular season scoring lists.
NBA Champion: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010
NBA Finals MVP: 2009, 2010
NBA Most Valuable Player: 2008
NBA All-Star: 1998, 2000–2013
NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011
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