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Kobe Bryant Not Among ESPN’s Top-10 SG Projections

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If Kobe Bryant is still looking for some extra motivation heading into this season, all he needs to do is browse around ESPN.com.

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The latest comes courtesy of Bradford Doolittle (ESPN Insider) who projected the top-10 shooting guards for this season using the WARP (Wins Above Replacement Player) statistic. Kobe found himself outside of the top-10 in this projection:

As for Bryant, his playing-time forecast is predictably suppressed, but even if it weren’t, his projected winning percentage would just barely get him into the top 10.

The WARP statistic measures how many wins a player is worth as opposed to an average rotation player. Bryant has consistently ranked in the top-10 in the NBA in this statistic before his injury-filled 2013-14 campaign.

What Doolittle seems to be suggesting is that the projections have Kobe’s minutes taking a steep drop, while the Lakers themselves aren’t expected to win too many games which also helped to limit Bryant’s projection.

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From a projections standpoint, it makes sense that Bryant is a question mark because no one knows exactly how he will play this year. He has talked about evolving as a player to maintain greatness, what that means as far as his on-court play remains to be seen.

Even still, seeing Bryant below names such as Tyreke Evans, Victor Oladipo, Dion Waiters, and Jimmy Butler is difficult to comprehend. ESPN has already projected the Lakers to finish 12th in the West, as well as ‘Team Turmoil’ so Bryant should not lack for people to prove wrong this year.

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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • CORKY CARROLL

    Wow, more Lakers/Kobe hate from the Especially Stupid Punk Nerds (ESPN). I hope Kobe is showing them the backside of his middle finger, I know I am. Go Kobe, Go Lakers. Go somewhere else, you know where, ESPN.

  • BULL

    he should not be listed in todays best shooting guards.. why even say his name, in the same breathe as them.. only other SG close to him now, is Wade, and Ray Allen. and they too, should not be considered in todays list.. they are the Elites.. why compare them to Harden, Klay(which I like a lot but still have to develop), Butler, Mayo, Waiter, Oladiop, Riddick, Beal, DeRozan, Stephenson and Exum.(which I feel will be the next best SG). doesn’t bother me, so I know its not bothering the Black Mamba.. his name is said with MIchael Jordan! enough said!

  • Rick Bell

    I love it when people come out knocking Kobe.

    Like he needs external motivation.

    This is going to be so much fun.

  • Pete

    Just because ESPN makes up a stat doesn’t mean it means anything. WARP or PER are not actual NBA stats. But in order to get people talking and give their pundits something to regurgitate on every show throughout the day, they come up with these made up stats. The Black Mamba will strike again!

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