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How Many Championship Rings Does Kobe Bryant Have?

Written by: Christian Jope
Published June 13, 2023
8 min read

Kobe Bryant, a basketball legend, left an unforgettable mark on the NBA with his exceptional skills and achievements. With an impressive five NBA championship rings to his name, Bryant's greatness on the court is unquestionable. His unwavering competitiveness and clutch performances propelled him to the top of the game.

Beyond his championship triumphs, Bryant's influence extended far beyond basketball. He became an iconic figure who inspired countless individuals with his work ethic and dedication. From his unforgettable performances to his indomitable spirit, Bryant's legacy resonates with fans worldwide.

We'll celebrate Kobe Bryant's monumental achievements and explore his lasting impact on the sport of basketball while also comparing his impressive accomplishments with those of his peers.

Kobe Bryant Championship Rings

Kobe Bryant Career Profile, Awards, & Accomplishments

Name: Kobe Bean Bryant

Position: Shooting Guard

Height: 6-6 (198 cm) Weight: 212 lbs (96 kg)

School: Lower Merion HS Draft: Charlotte Hornets (13th Pick, 13th Overall)

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2016)

  • NBA Champion (2000-02, 2009, 2010)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2009-10)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
  • NBA All-Star (1998, 2000-2016)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
  • All-NBA First Team (2002-04, 2006-13)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2000, 2001)
  • All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006-11)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001, 2002, 2012)
  • NBA Scoring Champion (2006, 2007)
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion (1997)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)

2000: Los Angeles Lakers

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1999-0067-15107.398.2100.847.023.47.56.5.459/38.3.329/4.2
League Rank1st (West)5th1st6th1st10th19th4th7th/6th25th/18th

After a disappointing Second Round sweep in the 1998-99 lockout-shortened season, the Lakers bounced back in 1999-00 to win the Western Conference and their first NBA Championship since 1988.

Bryant earned his second All-Star appearance that season and helped the Lakers defeat the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, and Indiana Pacers on the way to his first NBA title.

Through the Lakers' championship run, Bryant averaged 21.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists on 44.2% from the field and 34.4% from three-point range.

2001: Los Angeles Lakers

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
2000-0156-26108.4104.8100.644.723.06.96.0.465/81.5.344/5.4
League Rank2nd (West)2nd21st3rd5th9th24th6th3rd/4th20th/11th

Off the back of their first NBA Championship since 1988, the Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2000-01 NBA season aiming to prove that their previous title run wasn't a fluke. While Shaquille O'Neal was the star of the show, Bryant was developing into the young leader that would carry the Lakers to more than a decade of success.

The Los Angeles Lakers finished second in the Western Conference behind the dynamic duo of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. Bryant led the Lakers to a near-perfect post-season run, going 15-1 against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, and Philadelphia 76ers to earn their second consecutive NBA title.

Bryant continued his growth at 22 years old, averaging 29.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists on 46.9% from the field and 32.4% from three in the post-season.

2002: Los Angeles Lakers

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
2001-0258-24109.4101.7101.344.323.07.65.8.461/38.4.354/6.2
League Rank2nd (West)2nd7th3rd3rd9th18th8th6th/4th13th/6th

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers capped off their three-peat through the 2001-02 NBA season. As +200 favorites to win the NBA Championship to open the season, Bryant and his Lakers earned their third consecutive title with relative ease.

After finishing second in the Western Conference, the Lakers had to overcome some adversity as they entered the post-season. Bryant led his Lakers by eliminating the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, and New Jersey Nets with a 15-4 playoff record.

Still developing as a young star, Bryant averaged 26.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.6 assists on 43.4% shooting from the field and 37.9% from beyond the arc in the 2002 Playoffs.

2009: Los Angeles Lakers

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
2008-0965-17112.8104.7106.943.923.38.85.1.474/40.3.361/6.7
League Rank1st (West)3rd6th3rd1st2nd2nd10th4th/2nd19th/17th

After losing the 2008 NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers tried to redeem themselves through the 2008-09 season. Bryant and his Lakers dominated the Western Conference through the regular season and quickly claimed victory in the NBA Finals.

In his first season with Pau Gasol as his Lakers secondary, Bryant showed off a two-man game that troubled opponents. After finishing first in the West, Bryant's Lakers eliminated the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, and Orlando Magic with a 16-7 post-season record to earn his fourth NBA Championship.

Stepping up his game in the playoffs, Bryant averaged 30.2 points, 5.5 assists, and 5.3 rebounds on 45.7% from the field and 34.9% from three-point range. He earned his first NBA Finals MVP Award after his performance.

2010: Los Angeles Lakers

SeasonRecordOff RtfDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
2009-1057-25108.8103.7101.744.321.17.54.9.457/38.3.341/6.5
League Rank1st (West)11th4th12th2nd15th11th16th18th/9th24th/13th

The 2009-10 NBA season would be the last title-winning year for Kobe Bryant before retiring in 2016. It was also the second consecutive NBA Championship for Bryant, earning revenge over his rival Boston Celtics after losing the 2008 NBA title to them.

While their offense came and went through the regular season, the Lakers were known for their excellent defensive play. Led by Kobe Bryant at the point of attack, the Lakers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz, and Phoenix Suns en route to their seven-game NBA Finals win over the Boston Celtics.

As always, Bryant was brilliant through the playoffs by averaging 29.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists on 45.8% from the field and 37.4% from three-point range. Bryant earned his second and last NBA Finals MVP from this performance.

Comparing Kobe Bryant's Rings to the Winningest Players in NBA History

Kobe Bryant's five NBA Championship rings ranks him among some of the most successful players in the history of the NBA. While his teams have looked different through each championship iteration, Bryant is the pillar of that success.

Reaching the success of Bill Russell is unrealistic for any player at this point in NBA history, but as the star man leading his team, Kobe Bryant sits with fellow legends Tim Duncan and Magic Johnson.

The loss of Kobe Bryant was felt by the basketball world on January 26, 2020, but his success on the court reminds many of his brilliance as a basketball player. The late Bryant is regarded as one of the greatest players in NBA history.

PlayerNo. of RingsYears WonTeam(s)
Bill Russell111957, 1959-69Boston Celtics
Sam Jones101959-66, 1968-69Boston Celtics
Robert Horry71994-95, 2000-2002, 2005, 2007Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar61971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Jordan61991-93, 1996-98Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen61991-93, 1996-98Chicago Bulls
Magic Johnson51980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88Los Angeles Lakers
Tim Duncan51999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant52000-02, 2009-10Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James42012-13, 2016, 2020Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant NBA Finals Appearances Compared to NBA Legends

Kobe Bryant played 20 seasons in the NBA and appeared in the NBA Finals seven times. While the Los Angeles Lakers' post-season success was inconsistent through Bryant's tenure, they were always a credible threat due to Bryant's ability to carry his team to victory single-handedly.

The only team that Bryant faced multiple times in the NBA Finals was the Boston Celtics, whose Finals matchups he split 1-1. Beyond the Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, and Orlando Magic in the NBA Finals.

Bryant is among some of the greatest players in NBA history in terms of NBA Finals appearances, and he has been the definitive leader of his team nearly every time. While not at the top of the pack, he's been very efficient when he can earn another championship ring.

PlayerFinals AppearancesYearTeam(s)
Bill Russell121957, 1959-66, 1968-69Boston Celtics
Sam Jones111958-1966, 1968-1969Boston Celtics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar101971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1989Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James102007, 2011-2014, 2015-2018, 2020Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

Tom Heinsohn

9

1957-1965

Boston Celtics

Magic Johnson

9

1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991

Los Angeles Lakers
Jerry West9

1962-1966, 1968-1970

Los Angeles Lakers

Frank Ramsey

8

1957-1964

Boston Celtics
K. C. Jones81959-1966Boston Celtics
John Havlicek81963-1966, 1968-1969, 1974, 1976Boston Celtics
Bob Cousy71957-1963Boston Celtics
Robert Horry71994-1995, 2000-2002, 2005-2007Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant72000-2002 2004, 2008-2010Los Angeles Lakers
James Worthy61984-1985, 1987-1989, 1991Los Angeles Lakers 
Michael Jordan61991-1993, 1996-1998Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen61991-1993, 1996-1998Chicago Bulls
Shaquille O'Neal61995, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat
Tim Duncan61999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker52003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Larry Bird51981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987Boston Celtics

Owning a 71.4% win rate when he reaches the NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant is one of the most clinical players in NBA history. While the quality of his team has varied, Bryant's talent and ability have been the constant that carried the Lakers to their tremendous success.

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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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