In his first year in the NBA, he played 71 games (6 games as a starter). He averaged 15.5 MPG with 7.6 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.3 APG.
Who would thought the rookie straight out of high school drafted 13th overall back in 1996 who averaged only 7.6 PPG during his rookie year will go down as one of the greatest players in NBA history? Jerry West, of course.
Check Kobe Bryant's Top 10 Plays of the 1996-1997 NBA Season! This was a great rookie year.