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Kobe could beat LeBron in one-on-one — the stats say so

Oct 16, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT


Kobe Bryant was not kidding when he said he could beat LeBron in a game of one-on-one.

Well, of course he was not kidding — Kobe’s unfailing belief in himself and his abilities is at his core. Like a character out of a Greek tragedy, that belief is both Kobe’s greatest strength and the cause of his downfalls.

But Kobe’s was correct in his belief that he could best LeBron in a game of one-one-one — he’s got the stats to back him up.

ESPN researcher Alok Pattani went back and looked at every play in the past six years where Kobe and LeBron went up against each other in what could be considered an isolation situation.

Kobe scored 20 points in 27 isolation plays, or an average of 0.74 points per possession. LeBron scored 7 points in 13 isolation plays, or 0.54 points per possession.

Meaning when they were matched up on each other, Kobe came out on top.

Just like they would in real life. (Well at least in Kobe’s mind that is how it world turn out.)

(Story via the amazing Kamanetzky brothers at ESPNLosAngeles)

  1. hnirobert3 - Oct 16, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Unfortunately this really doesn’t prove anything considering the data that was amounted on Kobe being isolated with LeBron is more than double the times LeBron was isolated against Kobe. Why is that? Because Kobe couldn’t handle LBJ by himself? Considering there’s such a difference this proves NADA.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 16, 2010 at 11:16 AM

      hnirobert3, this should have come with a small sample size warning both ways, but frankly it’s just for fun anyway as even in isolation situations there are help defenders and the like that change what you can do.

      • hnirobert3 - Oct 17, 2010 at 8:57 PM

        So why report it the way you did, stating that Kobe would be LBJ one on one when there’s no solid and concrete stats to say so? Seems unprofessional. Oh wait, I am on ProBasketballTalk.

  2. omniusprime - Oct 16, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Kobe Bryant is a far better basketball player than LeBoring James will ever be. Kobe Bryant is the King of Basketball while LeBoring is the King of Choke. Kobe is far better at making his team and teammates better while all LeBoring does is hog the ball to beef up his own stats. Wade and Bosh will find out that LeBoring cuts and runs when playing defense, just look at how he ran away from Paul Pierce during the playoffs last year. Kobe Bryant has the NBA Finals MVP while all LeBoring can manage is the meaningless regular season MVP. Kobe Bryant and the Repeat World Champion Lakers will Threepeat next June while LeBoring watches on tv wishing he could be a Laker.

    • awesomeo3000 - Oct 16, 2010 at 11:39 AM

      do you even watch basketball lebron use to get heat for PASSING the ball and hes the ball hog do you even know who lebron or kobe are cause u obviously dont

    • cordae - Oct 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

      I’m not even gonna speak on the fact that……… have the slightest clue of what you’re talking about =/..

      Anyway, isnt the whole “remaking” of his name kind of played out? LeBoring??? that insult was LeWack..

  3. rbrown4495 - Jul 18, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    It would be great if the all star game matched up a few guys in a 1 on 1 competition to 15, now that would generate some new interest in the All Star Extravaganza

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