Kobe was more difficult to guard than LeBron, Durant – Jared Dudley

kobe-bryant-2Sometimes, the best evaluators of NBA players are players themselves. With an up-close-and-personal look at the best of the best, they can catch subtle nuances that fans will often miss.

Recently, Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley appeared on “In The Zone With Chris Broussard“, and one of the topics discussed was which player as the most difficult for Dudley to guard.

A ten-year NBA veteran known for his hard-nosed defense, Dudley has matched up with some of the best to ever set foot on the hardwood.

Dudley selected Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant as the most difficult to guard, putting him ahead of LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

When asked to explain, Dudley referenced Bryant’s mentality, which was certainly legendary. Bryant was a cerebral assassin, breaking down teams using his incredible basketball mind and ruthless demeanor.

Dudley also cited the triangle offense as making Bryant difficult to defend.

To top it all off, Dudley explained that Bryant was always in attack mode, which gave defenders little to no time to rest over the course of a game.

Of course, Dudley also praised the games of Durant and James, stating that James could drop 30 points on someone without feeling like he was destroying them because he would get 10 easy points in transition each game.

Arguably one of the best shooting guards in the history of the NBA, Kobe Bryant holds career averages of 25 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 4.7 apg in 36.1 mpg.

Bryant was a 18-time All-star and won the NBA title 5 times with the LA Lakers, where he played his entire 20-season career.


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