Monday, May 4, 2015

Kobe: Before/after Philly All-Star Game snub

Kobe Bryant numbers broken down.

Kobe: Before/after Philly All-Star Game snub

Kobe Bryant acknowledges someone in the Philadelphia crowd during warm-ups. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Kobe Bryant acknowledges someone in the Philadelphia crowd during warm-ups. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
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On Feb. 10, 2002, Philadelphia hosted the NBA All-Star Game and from the start, the fans treated Kobe Bryant not as a native son, but as annoying opponent, booing him throughout.

At the time — about a third of his career to date — he had risen to be among the best players in the game, but hadn't yet been first-team All-NBA (which he has done 10 times since).

Below are his career totals — regular season and playoffs combined — at the time of that All-Star Game and in his career since then. (We've also included his numbers in Philadelphia B/A that All-Star Game.)

It's no surprise his points per game have exploded since then, but it is interesting to see that his overall field-goal percentage hasn't . Moreso, it is better three-point shooting and the fact that he has been more the center of the Lakers' offense since then, taking an average of 22 shots a game. (Thanks for heading to Miami, Shaq!)

   Before  After  Before  After
 Games  545  941  9  10
 FGA/Gm.  16.15  21.99  15.89  22.40
 FG Pct.  45.75%    44.78%    47.55%    41.96%  
 2FG/Gm.  13.89  17.32  13.22  17.10
 2FG Pct.  48.07%  47.68%  49.58%  45.03%
 3FG/Gm.  2.27  4.67  2.67  5.30
 3FG Pct.  31.55%  34.02%  37.50%  32.08%
 FTA/Gm.  6.10  8.44  6.00  5.80
 FT Pct.  82.03%  84.07%  77.78%  89.66%
 Pts./Gm.  20.50  28.38  20.78  25.70
 Reb./Gm.     4.70  5.60  5.00  5.00
 Ast./Gm.  3.99  5.15  4.33  4.90
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