A detailed list of all of Kobe Bryant's accomplishments: Remembering how good the Mamba was

A detailed list of all of Kobe Bryant's accomplishments: Remembering how good the Mamba was

Steve Njuguna
updated at December 14, 2023 at 1:21 PM

Kobe Bryant is easily one of basketball's most recognisable names. He was a modern icon of the game with his skill, speed and tenacity during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. This article lists his multiple accomplishments both at a team level and individually.

Kobe Bryant's accomplishments
Kobe during a game for the Lakers against the Phoenix Suns. Photo by Christian Petersen
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Kobe is the son of former NBA player Joe Bryant. He first caught the eye in the mid-90s while playing for Philadelphia-based Merion High School. He ended up having a two-decade hall-of-fame NBA career that saw him go down as one of the greatest players ever before his tragic death in 2020 from a helicopter crash.

Kobe Bryant's playing career

Kobe Bryant's illustrious 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers is marked by an impressive list of accomplishments. He entered the league as a teenager, forming a dominant partnership with Shaquille O'Neal that led to three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002.

Following O'Neal's departure, Bryant excelled, earning individual accolades such as MVP in the 2007-2008 season. He guided the Lakers to back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010, solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest players in NBA history.

Kobe's individual accomplishments
Kobe celebrates winning the Beijing Olympics gold model. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE
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What are some of Kobe Bryant's greatest accomplishments?

Here is a timeline of Kobe Bryant's accomplishments in basketball. They are listed according to team and individual accomplishments.

Kobe's individual accolades

1. NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award:

  • 2007-2008

2. NBA Finals MVP:

  • 2008-2009
  • 2009-2010

3. NBA All-Star Appearances:

  • 1998, 2000-2016 (18 times)

4. NBA All-Star Game MVP:

  • 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011

5. All-NBA First Team Selections:

  • 1999-2004, 2006-2013

6. NBA All-Defensive First Team Selections:

  • 2000, 2003-2004, 2006-2013

7. NBA Scoring Champion:

  • 2005-2006 (35.4 points per game)
  • 2006-2007 (31.6 points per game)

8. NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion:

  • 1997

9. Youngest Player to Score 30,000 Career Points:

  • Achieved on December 5, 2012

Kobe's team accolades

1. NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers:

  • 1999-2000
  • 2000-2001
  • 2001-2002
  • 2008-2009
  • 2009-2010

2. NBA All-Rookie Second Team:

  • 1996-1997

3. Lakers' All-Time Leading Scorer:

  • Passed Jerry West in 2010

4. Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist with Team USA:

  • 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • 2012 London Olympics

Kobe Bryant's childhood

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. He was the youngest of three children. His father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, was a former NBA player and coach. Growing up in Italy, where his father played professional basketball, Kobe developed a love for the sport. He started playing basketball at an early age and continued when the family moved back to the USA when he was a child.

What are some of Kobe Bryant's greatest accomplishments off the court?

In 2018, Kobe Bryant won an Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Animated Short Film for his contributions to the film "Dear Basketball." The animated short was based on a letter he wrote announcing his retirement from professional basketball.

Kobe also authored the book "The Mamba Mentality: How I Play" in 2018. The book offers insights into his approach to basketball and the mindset that contributed to his success. Despite that, Kobe was a known philanthropist alongside his wife, Vanessa Bryant, running the Mamba and Mambacita Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged people globally.

Kobe Bryant and his family
Kobe and his family pose during his jersey retirement ceremony for the Lakers. Photo by Harry How
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Why did Kobe change his number?

In 2007, Kobe changed his jersey number from 8 to 24. He explained this as an indicator of his growth, adding that he had matured more on the court and off the court becoming a better player and a better family man. Both the numbers 8 and 24 are retired by the Lakers organization.

Final word

Kobe Bryant's accomplishments on and off the court reflect his diverse interests, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to making a positive difference in various fields. His legacy extends beyond basketball, leaving an indelible mark on the worlds of entertainment, literature, business, and community service.

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Steve Njuguna
Steve Njuguna is a media professional with close to a decade of experience in the sports media industry. He has previously worked as a sports journalist with Bamba Sports TV, Vybez Radio and The Nairobian newspaper.
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