Who in the NBA can replace Kobe alone, is the omnipotent James? Is it the year in the first prize Iverson? Or the peak of Maddie? These are not, if according to the peak of three consecutive Kobe, the NBA should not be able to replace him. Because if the Lakers chose O’Neal that year, trade Kobe, only to have the opportunity to see the person who can single for Kobe.
Today to talk about the 1996 single-for-Kobe man, Divac, who was drafted by the Lakers in 1989, just a 26th pick and also a 2.16-meter inside big center. But his rookie season averaged 8.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.5 caps turning him into the best rookie ace at center. His best season was 1994-95, averaging 16 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.2 caps per game, which is considered a very good center, but in that era of the Big Four centers, such numbers were not nearly as good.
So, in the 1996 season, the Lakers’ general manager West traded for O’Neal, and traded Divac for Kobe, the Hornets’ No. 13 pick, and thus, the OK team pulled back the curtain on the history of the title race. After two seasons with the Hornets, Divac moved on to the Kings and his numbers slowly began to decline. In his final year, 2004-05, he returned to the Lakers as a backup and played with Kobe for one season, before retiring.
This one once single for Kobe’s man, his NBA career no championship, only one all-star replacement, career average 11.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 caps of qualified data. Divac got the honor of retiring the Kings’ jersey, and he also gave Kobe a No. 8 Hornets jersey as a souvenir, and Kobe addressed him and hugged him fondly, after all, he is the only man on earth who has ever single swapped Kobe.