No, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is no longer the player he was at 27 or 28 years of age, but returning from injury or not, he’s still among the elites in the game. Well, at least to most though ESPN seems to have a different take.
The Worldwide Leader decided to recently release their top player list where Bryant seemingly was absent from the early portions of list. He wasn’t to be found in the top five. He wasn’t even to be found in the top ten. Maybe the top fifteen? Nope. Definitely top twenty, right? Not even. ESPN listed Bryant as the 25th best player in the NBA for the 2013-14 season.
There was little explanation behind Bryant’s actual ranking, outside of a positive stat regarding hid age and scoring numbers, though ESPN did talk about how they based the ratings on all players:
We asked our ESPN Forecast panel to rate each player on a 0-to-10 scale, in terms of “the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season.”