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Greatest NBA Players Straight Out Of High School

Michael Caulfield | Associated Press

2 – Kobe Bryant

Lower Merion High School, 13th pick in 1996, Charlotte Hornets (traded to Lakers)

As a high school senior, Kobe Bryant averaged 30.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals, and 3.8 blocks leading his Aces team to the state championship. Bryant was also named Naismith High School Player of the Year and Gatorade Men’s National Basketball Player of the Year. To top it all off, he scored more career points than one particular Philly legend in the late great Wilt Chamberlain. When Bryant was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, he was immediately, shipped to Los Angeles for Vlade Divac where he went on to become one of the Lakers’ all-time greats and eclipsing Michael Jordan’s career scoring total.

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