Year: 2002-'03
Top Performance: March 28, 2003 win vs. Michael Jordan and Wizards: 41 mins, 55 points (15-29), 5 rebounds
Sneaker: Air Jordan VIII PE

Kobe's top statistical year to date was also his most fun sneaker season. In the year between leaving adidas and signing with Nike, Kobe wore everything from Converse Weapons to Reebok Questions to exclusive PE Air Jordans. In March of '03, Kobe dropped 55 on Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards while wearing an exclusive pair of Air Jordan VIIIs draped in Lakers purple and gold. Kobe kept sneakerheads and big brands guessing where he was going to sign throughout the season, before ultimately inking a deal with Nike during the '03 offseason.