Kobe Bryant shooting lights out

Kobe Bryant drives the lane against Klay Thompson at Staples Center on Friday.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Despite suffering a bruised foot in training camp, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is off to the most efficient start of his career.

Through six games, Bryant is averaging 27.2 points a game while shooting 55.9% from the field, 44% from three-point range and 90.5% from the line.

To put that in perspective, Bryant’s best year from the field was in 2008-9 when he shot 46.7% from the field. His career high from behind the arc (38.3%) was in 2002-3. He converted 86.8% from the line in 2006-7.

Bryant has averaged more points per game in a season but never with this level of accuracy.

He’s also neck and neck with James Harden (27.8 points per game) and Carmelo Anthony (27.3 points) for the early league-wide scoring lead.


Given how well Bryant has shot the ball, it might be perplexing that the Lakers are only 2-4, but turnovers, free-throw shooting and defense have been problems for the team.

Bryant didn’t have any real answers as to why his team wasn’t able to come together under Coach Mike Brown.

If there’s a specific area Bryant needs to improve on, it’s turnovers (4.3 a game).

The Lakers host the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night at Staples Center.


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