Kobe Bryant will be 36 by the end of this month, and injuries to his knee and Achilles limited him to six games last season. So it would be understandable if expectations were low heading into this season.

But new Lakers coach Byron Scott isn't buying into that line of thinking. In fact, Scott is projecting Bryant to produce numbers on par with his career averages in three major categories.

Kobe, even "with one leg, can average 20-something points a game," Scott told ThePostGame. "I think that's very realistic. I think he'll do something like that. Five rebounds and five assists a night as well. He's going to surprise a lot of people."

Bryant's career averages are 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists.

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