Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Stats: 26.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.4 SPG
Salary: $27,849,149

Kobe Bryant is playing out of his mind right now. And to think, going into the season, we thought Kobe would've been able to step back a little more and let Nash and Dwight do their thing. Instead, at 34, Bryant is playing harder than ever, toning down on the scoring while dishing more often, and while his performances aren't racking up W's, it's hard to imagine where the Lakers would be without the effort that the Black Mamba is putting in, night in and night out. Possible cellar dwellers? Laugh all you want, but it could be true. We have faith that they'll get it together. If not for themselves, then for Dr. Buss.