Would Kobe Bryant really beat LeBron James?

Fri, Oct 15

Kobe Bryant recently said he would beat LeBron James if the two ever squared off in a game of one-on-one.

So ESPN decided to run the numbers.

Synergy Sports Tech's video tracking allows us to look at times in which Kobe and LeBron guarded each other on ball in "isolation" situations -- the closest thing to a one-on-one matchup in an NBA game.

Bryant and James have guarded each other on ball in seven different meetings.

So there you have it. If you look at it on a points-per-play basis, Bryant wins this matchup, 0.74 to 0.54.