3. Kobe Bryant

He started as a lottery steal who became a playoff-airball launcher. Next was a run as second-banana on a three-peat championship squad, followed by a demand to "play on Pluto." In '09, he won a title on a team he could call his own. Bryant is 16th all-time in points, including 81 in a single game. He'll be No. 1 on this list when he makes his final transformation into a retiree. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)