2. Kobe Bryant
2012-2013 Statistics: 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists
Apr 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
“The Black Mamba” seems to continuously find the fountain of youth. Just when you’re ready to count him out and say “this is the year he slows down”, BOOM, he averages 27.3 points per game on you. The 34-year-old future Hall-of-Famer had a “down season” as his Los Angeles Lakers limped into the playoffs (without him) and got the 7th seed, which was a disappointment considering the talent they had on the team. Loss after loss didn’t stop Kobe from going off on every team he faced last season, and with an unfortunate season ending injury for him against Golden State in which he ruptured his achilles, the Lakers got swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs. Kobe comes in no. 2 because again, the talent and expectations that was bestowed upon his team in the pre-season, and the reality that came over them during the season notched him down.