Kobe Bryant Passes Jerry West on Lakers’ All-Time Assist List

By Staff  |  01/18/2016

Kobe Bryant

While Kobe Bryant is known as a scoring, he is a capable passer as well.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Houston Rockets on Sunday (Jan. 17), but Kobe moved higher in all-time stats, when he passed Jerry West for second place on the team's career assist list.

"It means a lot," said Bryant, who trails only Magic Johnson (10,141) on the Lakers' franchise list. "It's an accomplishment I'm really, really proud of."

Kobe went on to explain that his skills as a passer is what's made him such a dominant scorer.

"You have to keep the defense honest," he said. "You've got to be able to make plays and make passes to have the defense fear you as a passer. If they don't, you can't score 40 points, you can't score 50 points, because they can just load up on you. So you've got to be able to be feared as a passer."

In addition to assists, the Lakers star has more than 25,000 career field-goal attempts, the third-most in NBA history behind Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And, is third all-time leading scorer in league history and has the second-most points in a game in league history (81) behind Wilt Chamberlain (100 in 1962).