Kobe Bryant: How He Matches Up with His 10 Potential Playoff Matchups

As Kobe Bryant continues the pursuit of his sixth championship ring, he will square off against many different opponents.

This slideshow ranks Kobe against the top shooting guard from the 10 teams the Lakers will most likely face.

To be objective as possible, I created a way to compare each opponent—Adjusted Player Rating.

Here is the formula:

   Points per 48 minutes x 1.0

+ Rebounds per 48 minutes x 1.5

+ Assists per 48 minutes x 2.0

+ Blocks per 48 minutes x 2.0

+ Steals per 48 minutes x 2.0

+ Defense Rating

= Adjusted Player Rating

The statistics are from the 2010-2011 regular season and are adjusted per 48 minutes so the players can be compared apples to apples.

Since good defense is hard to measure by stats alone, I assigned each player a defense rating number from 1-10 and added it to the adjusted statistics.

Here is the Adjusted Player Rating for Kobe followed by his defense rating and regular season stats:

Kobe's Adjusted Player Rating: 71.9

Defense rating: 8.0/10.0

2010-2011 Stats: 25.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.7 apg, 0.1 bpg, 1.2 spg, 33.9 mpg

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