N.B. Most of this post originally appeared in a different thread; but I think the part I am repeating here is worthy of having its own thread; because it IS important to the Lakers and us fans; and it's just fun to think and talk about
THE MORE PLAYOFF APPEARANCES, THE HIGHER OUR GREATS MOVE UP THE ALL-TIME LISTS
Kobe (& Pau & Nash) can rack up more playoff stats and move up the All-Time Lists. Kobe has a chance to be the #1 player ever in some individual categories, end up very high in others, and will move up in all of them:
games: With just 25 more games, Kobe = #1 All-Time Playoff Games; with 30, he'd be the first to 250 games,
minutes : With only 210 more minutes, Kobe = #1 All-Time Playoff Minutes; with 359 he'd be the first to 9,000), and
points: With 123 more points, Kobe passes KAJ for 2nd, with 348 more points, he passes MJ, so Kobe = #1 All-Time Playoff Points, and with 360 more points, he'd be the first with 6,000 pts).
assists: Currently Nash is 5th, 1 assist behind Bird, and Kobe is 7th, 22 assists behind Bird. So, soon Kobe & Nash = #4 and #5 in All-Time Playoff Assists. The sooner the better, especially in Nash's case, due to his health issues.
steals: Kobe is currently 5th, and with 29 more, would pass Stockton for Kobe = #4 All-Time in Playoff Steals.
rebounds: Kobe is not renowned as a rebounder, yet he currently IS 41st All-Time, and 3rd Rebounding Guard All-Time (one spot behind MJ; though way behind Magic); with just 34 more rebounds he passes MJ so Kobe = #2 Guard All-Time in Playoff Rebounds and Kobe = All-Time Top 40 Playoff Rebounds. Pau is currently All-Time 38th, and with just 38 more rebounds, Pau = All-Time Top 50 in Playoff Rebounds. With 88 rebounds, he'd move all the way up to Pau = 42nd All-Time in Playoff Rebounds.
blocks: Kobe is not renowned as a shot-blocker, yet he currently IS 38th and, with only 30 rebounds more, Kobe = All-Time Top 25 in Blocks. He'd also pass MJ for Kobe = 2nd All-Time Guard; and be just behind DWade (at the least). Pau, currently All-Time 18th, with 196, needs only 4 to be only the 18th to reach 200. With 54, he'd be only the 12th to ever reach 250, and with 56, Pau = #10 All-Time Playoff Rebounder.
Not a small thing to include amongst his/their personal achievements; and not a small thing to have a LAKER atop those lists (and to have another Laker, KAJ also in the top 2-3 All-Time in all three of these categories too); and to have other (partial-career) Lakers (like Pau and Nash) moving high up on those lists too.
I'm NOT opposed to Lakers dominating the All-Time Play-Off lists, for sure.
N.B. For those who would point out that Kobe will have achieved these various great Play-Off Stats Heights because he played more games than most others on the lists:
1) In the first place, the number of games one has played does not matter to these lists, if you have the most points, you have the most points (with nobody ever citing that one player had more games than another; why should an exception be made only in Kobe's case; only to downplay Kobe's achievements); in particular:
2) KAJ played in the 3rd most Playoff Games ever (and is #1 in total minutes played); yet nobody has ever attempted to put-down that he is the All-Time Play-Off Leader in several categories; and
3) MJ played in the 16th most Playoff Games ever (and is #10 in total minutes played); yet nobody has ever attempted to put-down that he is the All-Time Play-Off Leader in several categories.