Cool, nate. I really appreciate that and absolutely agree. Cheers!
At first glance, I think... what a mess. Then I begin to really look into all the pieces of the puzzle and see that you've actually built a very effective Kobe team.
Shooting Struggle: As I've said before, I'm just not a fan of the high volume, average efg% scorer. However, it does afford you some advantages and you're absolutely using many of them. Firstly, you've got solid ast% to bump up Kobe's shooting percentage. Secondly... every single other player on the team (minus Kobe's backup) gives you good shooting percentages... meaning that when Kobe isn't chucking up duds, they're going to give you some easy points. The team is a very, very good defensive squad which you absolutely HAVE to do when building around an average shooter like Kobe. I think you'll have some trouble against some of the extreme efg% squads, but I think they'll have some trouble against you as well. I'd say you have a good competitive advantage in the SS.
Possession Battle: Having your high usage guy be extremely efficient when it comes to turning the ball over is a very, very good thing. This severely dampens the impact of the other players' medium to high tov%. You also have some thieves on the squad, which should help you with the turnover battle even more. I'd say there's a good chance you'll average less turnovers than your opponent, which coupled with your aggregate rebounding, gives you a competitive advantage in the PB.
Foul Factor: You're going to foul. A lot. Kobe will get some opponents into foul trouble, but his fta/poss ratio isn't that high to be honest. Not a lot of inside/outside contrast going on, either. I'd say that you're a wash in the FF while leaning towards being on the bad end of it.
All in all, this is a well built squad that, when working properly, should stay in most games and come out on top in many of them. The foul situation is a concern. I'd probably give you a nod in many playoff matchups, but if you end up against a team like nc7s (Barkley + Billups is one of the most powerful combos if not the most powerful present in this league), a lot of your competitive advantages go away. I'd be really surprised to see this team finish under .500, but I don't have a ton of confidence in the playoffs. That lies mostly with the fact that I've been burned by Kobe (and other) high volume scorers before. Occasionally they go off in a good way at the right time for you... and when that happens, you can't be stopped... but I think you've got enough good shooters surrounding him that a few 13/39 games won't kill you too bad. Just hope that you don't hit 4 in a row.