Kobe Bryant will go down as one of the best players ever to play in the NBA. He had an amazing career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He won five NBA titles and is a part of the last team to win three-straight championships.
Bryant received many All-NBA honors and played in a lot of all-star games. But he only won the MVP award one time in his career. Many believe he should have won more, and during the 2005-06 season, he was robbed of the award.
Kobe Bryant’s 2005-06 season
The 2005-06 season was one of Bryant’s best seasons during his time in the NBA. The Lakers finished with a 45-37 record, which was third in the division. Bryant played and started in 80 games that season. He averaged 35.4 points per game, which led the league that season. Bryant also averaged 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.8 steals. His points per game were the most he’s averaged in his career.
Bryant was the star on that team. Looking at that roster, no one on that team averaged more than 15 points a game. Their second-leading scorer was Lamar Odom, who averaged 14.8 points per game. Bryant did everything for that team. That entire season he dominated in every facet of the game.
The numbers spoke for themselves, and he was in the driver seat to win the MVP award. If you watched him play at any point during that season, you were amazed by how well he competed. There was nothing else that this man could possibly do. But at the end of the season, that wasn’t the case. Bryant would not win the second MVP award of his career.
Winner of the 2006 MVP award
Steve Nash, who played for the Phoenix Suns at the time, was given the MVP award. The Suns finished with the second-best record in the Western Conference at 54-28. Nash was fourth on the team in scoring averaging 18.8 points per game. He led the team in assists with 10.5 per game. This was Nash’s second MVP award in a row.
The Suns had a better record than the Lakers during the season, and that’s a big reason why Nash won the award. Nash played the point on a talented Suns’ team, and that season was one of the best of his career.
How Kobe Bryant got snubbed
No disrespect to Steve Nash, but Bryant deserved that award. Bryant’s numbers were much better than Nash’s, plus Bryant did more with a less talented team. If you compare the Lakers’ and Suns’ roster during that season, on paper, you will pick the Suns.
Bryant played with some guys that people had no prior knowledge of. You can’t forget that this was the season Bryant dropped 81 points on the Toronto Raptors. Individually, Bryant was playing on another level that season. If the Lakers would have had a better record that season than Bryant, they would have had a higher chance to win the award. That should not have mattered because he still led his team to the playoffs and dominated on the court with an average group of players surrou