Kobe Bryant isn’t a ball hog and has more than 4,000 assists to prove it. Or is he?
The Lakers’ No. 3 all-time leading scorer ranks 71st among the all-time NBA assists leaders with 4,284. Pretty impressive for the 13th-year veteran.
That is, until you notice that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain, two of the game’s greatest scorers, rank higher on the list at Nos. 34 and 56. Even Kevin Garnett is at No. 61. Remember, all three are post players, normally the recipients of passes, not playmakers.
Bryant is lumped far down the list with No. 74 Charles Barkley, the game’s notorious ball hog who was largely responsible for the NBA instituting the 5-second rule.
As a footnote, Jerry West, the Lakers’ all-time leading scorer, ranks No. 24 on the all-time career assists list with 6,238, proving you can score and dish off the ball.