Kobe Bryant is a legend in the NBA.
The former All-Star has captured the hearts of fans around the world and earned numerous trophies over his career.
The Lakers superstar has been voted the greatest player of all-time by ESPN, ESPN’s All-Time Players, Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
But this year marks the 40th anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s last NBA title.
In honor of the milestone, Mashable decided to take a look at what the NBA legend accomplished during his illustrious career.
Kobe Bryant won his first title at the age of 27.
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LeBron James was born on March 4, 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio.
The NBA champion in 1984 and the only player to win his first championship with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The only player with more championships than Bryant, averaging over 15 wins per season, as well as winning more than 50 games in a season for the first time.
Kobe scored his first NBA championship in 1998 and went on to win eight more championships.
He holds the record for most championships in the franchise’s history with 15.
The first NBA player to score a triple-double with three different players.
He was the first player to be selected to the All-NBA First Team five times and the first since Shaquille O’Neal in 1995.
He led the league in scoring for three consecutive seasons from 2003-04.
He won his second championship in 2006 and his fifth in 2010.
He scored a triple double in the final game of the regular season with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Lakers loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Kobe led the NBA in scoring in every season he was a member of the Lakers from 1998-2007.
Kobe has never missed a game in a championship season, making him the longest active player with at least 20,000 regular season and playoff games.
He’s also the only active player in the league to have won a championship in his second season with the team.
He became the first NBA champion to score 100 points in his first career playoff game when he scored a career-high 50 points in Game 7 of the 2004 Western Conference Finals.
He and his teammates scored the most points in the playoffs in history with 1,099, and surpassed Kobe’s previous best of 1,006 points in 2008.
Bryant led the Lakers to their first NBA title since 2000, a franchise record.
The franchise record for points in a game is 1,000, which would tie the NBA record set by Larry Bird in 1997.
Bryant has averaged 23.5 points and 14.3 rebounds per game during the Lakers tenure.
He has the most triple-doubles in franchise history, surpassing Larry Bird’s record of 23.
The last Lakers player to do so was Mike Bibby.
Bryant and his Lakers are in first place in the Western Conference and will host the defending champions Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the Finals on June 10.
Bryant’s 17th championship was his second in three seasons, joining a three-year stretch in which he was named All-Defensive First Team and All-Dorothy Award winner.
The 2014 NBA All-Rookie Team, which featured five rookies, was voted the most important honor in basketball by NBA writers.
Bryant was voted as the 2014 MVP of the NBA’s annual All-star Game in January.
Bryant is the only rookie to win a championship as a member the Lakers.
Bryant holds the franchise record with 20 consecutive seasons of triple-digit scoring (23 games, 23 rebounds).
Bryant made his only NBA All/NBA First team in 2013, a season in which the Lakers were swept by the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.
Kobe is the first member of this historic franchise to win five consecutive championships, including four consecutive NBA titles, since Magic Johnson in 1997-98.
Kobe became the sixth player in NBA history to win 10 titles in a single season, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1961-62), Magic Johnson (1975-76), Magic Scott (1989-90), Shaquilles ’97-98 (1999-2000) and Michael Jordan (2001-02).
Bryant joined Hall of Famers Kareem and Magic as the only players to win three titles in the same season, which is the longest streak in NBA annals.
Bryant surpassed the all-star scoring mark of 3,091 points set by Kareem, Kareem’s second-best season as a point guard.
Bryant ranks fourth in NBA franchise history in scoring (2,541 points) and third in assists (1,847) for his career,