For years, Los Angeles Lakers star forward Kobe Bryant has been identified as the heir to Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan’s NBA legacy and a new YouTube video shows that the two men play a very similar style of basketball.
YouTube user Youssef Hannoun released the final entry in his “Kobe Bryant vs Michael Jordan” video series. Entitled “Identical Plays: The Last Dance,” part three combines highlights from each of the two living legends’ careers to show how often their greatest moments overlap.
Bryant imitates some of Jordan’s most famous on-court tricks, such as his patented turnaround jumper and various otherworldly finishes around the basket. Hannoun even displays the moments in which Bryant and Jordan celebrated a great play with the same celebration. Meanwhile, audio clips feature discussions in which analysts and players compare Bryant to Jordan.
For their parts, both Jordan and Bryant seem aware of their similarities. Jordan once identified Bryant as the one player who might be able to beat him in a one-on-one game. "Because he steals all my moves," Jordan said in October 2013. Soon after, Bryant acknowledged that Jordan spoke the truth.
Domino effect. I stole some of his..this generation stole some of mine #thecycle
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— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) October 1, 2013
Few NBA players have even come close to reaching Jordan’s level of on-court success, but Bryant is among them. Here’s a breakdown of how their careers compare:
Jordan: 30.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, 5.3 assists per game, 2.3 steals per game, six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP, five-time NBA MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star.
Bryant: 25.5 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 4.8 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game, five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 2008 NBA MVP, 16-time NBA All-Star.