LeBron James vs Kobe Bryant Career Comparison

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant
NBA legends Kobe Bryant and LeBron James | John McCoy/Getty Images

The NBA's primetime Saturday night fixture will see the Los Angeles Lakers slated against the Philadelphia 76ers.

While the Lakers' top priority lies with them finishing their road trip on a high note, all eyes will be on LeBron James, who is just 18 points shy of passing Kobe Bryant for No.3 on the all-time scoring list.

In honor of The King likely making history by displacing The Black Mamba against Philly, it's only fitting that we dive into a meticulous comparison of their legendary careers.

LeBron James vs Kobe Bryant Career Stats

LeBron Averages: 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 3.5 turnovers per game, while shooting 50.4% from the floor, 34.4% from three, and 73.5% on free throws.

Kobe Averages: 25 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.5 blocks, and 3 turnovers, while shooting 44.7% from the floor, 32.9% from three, and 83.7% on free throws.

LeBron Totals: 33,626 points, 9,126 assists, 9,210 rebounds, 1,995 steals, 942 blocks, and 4,328 turnovers

Kobe Totals: 33,643 points, 7,047 rebounds, 6,306 assists, 1,944 steals, 640 blocks, and 4,010 turnovers.

LeBron James vs Kobe Bryant Career Championships

LeBron: Three-time champion (2012, 2013, 2016)

Kobe: Five-time champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010)

LeBron James vs Kobe Bryant Career Awards:

LeBron: Three-time champion, four-time MVP, Scoring Champ (2007-08), three-time Finals MVP, 16-time All-Star, three-time ASG MVP, six-time All Defense, 15-time All-NBA, Rookie of the Year (2003-04), All Rookie.

Kobe: Five-time champion, MVP (2007-08), two-time Scoring Champ, two-time Finals MVP, 18-time All-Star, four-time ASG MVP, 12-time All-Defense, 15-time All-NBA, All-Rookie.

There you have it, folks.

Let's save the debate for who is the superior player for another day. Tonight is all about recognizing the greatness of James and Bryant, and the historic imprints they have imposed on the NBA, and sport of basketball altogether.