I was asked on Quora to answer a question guarding Kobe Bryant on Quora. Having no personal experience, I turned to the number and produced the following answer.
Given my extreme respect for Chris Yeh, and his extreme fandom for the Lakers, it’s fair to say I’ve talked a lot about Kobe. I have a slightly different view on sports. As anyone who reads my Karl watches can attest, I am less pleased by results than I am by good decisions. Kobe Bryant is a maddening player by that metric. The data fully supports that Kobe is a monster athlete with a breadth of talent. Yet, looking over his numbers, I just can’t help but wonder, how good could he have been? Yes, he’ll go down as a top shooting guard, and that’s even by the grounded realistic statheads. But, the “Like Mike” comparisons could have been more realistic if Kobe had played a little smarter. And if I were a Kobe fan, I would actually be upset by that thought.