Whether or not Kobe Bryant is among the top five players in NBA history, he is certainly in the highest tier. The price for tickets for his farewell, when the Utah Jazz face the LA Lakers on April 16, indicate that a number of people won’t miss the game, largely because of his longevity and lifetime statistics.
The most expensive seats (Section 110, Row A) in Staples Center for this game are priced at $5,741. They are close to courtside. The average ticket price is $2,124.08. Based on information from TiqIQ, it is the most expensive regular season game it has ever tracked.
Bryant logged 1,345 games played, the most among major players in the history of the NBA, short of only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who logged 1,560.
Bryant has scored 33,583 points over 20 seasons. By contrast, Michael Jordan scored 32,292 in 15 seasons. Kareem scored 38,387 over 20 seasons. By those measurements, several players rank ahead of Kobe in raw stats.
Bryant’s points per game averaged 24.97 over his career, which ranks him 12th. Jordan averaged 30.12, the best of all time. Wilt Chamberlain averaged 30.07, in second place.
If Bryant can lay claim to anything, it is two decades of excellence, near the top of the game for his career, but just shy of the very best.