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Chart of every shot Kobe Bryant made in NBA career is stunningly beautiful

Kobe Bryant was one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, capable of converting from anywhere on the court. A shot chart posted on social media illustrating every field goal the Los Angeles Lakers legend made during his 20-year NBA career is stunning, not only for how it showcases Bryant’s wide-ranging scoring ability but also for the image’s striking beauty.

ESPN NBA analyst Kirk Goldsberry on Tuesday shared the referenced graphic, which documents the 13,733 field goals Bryant made from 1996-2006, in both the regular season and postseason. The chart, with its gold and purple hues fittingly paying tribute to Bryant being a lifelong Laker, is simply mesmerizing.

Bryant, who tragically perished in a helicopter crash Sunday in Calabasas, Calif., along with 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people, finished his NBA career with 33,643 points. The Lakers icon now stands at No. 4 on the all-time scoring list after having just been passed by LeBron James over the weekend.

Having been retired for four seasons, Bryant is now eligible for enshrinement in the Naismith MemorialĀ Basketball Hall of Fame, though the sobering realization that Kobe will have to be immortalized posthumously is indeed heartbreaking.

The above chart illustrates in an elegantly poignant manner why the legend is bound for the Hall in the first place, and its breathtaking imagery reminds us in some small way why Bryant will live on forever in the hearts and minds of NBA fans.