With a major assist from ESPN.com's own Adam Reisinger, we present a pretty fascinating compilation of the numbers at play when comparing the comebacks of Dominique Wilkins and Kobe Bryant from their respective Achilles tears.
A pretty daunting compilation of numbers for Bryant, actually, because he already has played more games and logged more minutes than Wilkins did in his entire career ... pre- and post-injury.
How does all of this data impact how you feel about Kobe's ability to make it all the way back?
Date of Achilles tear: Jan. 28, 1992
Age: 32 years, 16 days old
Mileage at time of injury (including NBA playoff games and college): 888 games (810 in NBA) and 32,865 minutes logged (30,117 in NBA)
Date of return: Nov. 6, 1992 (283 days later)
First season back: Played in 71 games and averaged 29.9 points per game, missing time because of a broken finger, not the Achilles
Per 36-minute averages in last full season before injury (1990-91): 24.6 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 47.0% FG
Per 36-minute averages in first full season after injury (1992-93): 28.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.1 APG, 46.8% FG
Career: After making his comeback, Wilkins played in 312 more NBA games spread over the course of five seasons, plus two additional seasons in Europe
Date of Achilles tear: April 12, 2013
Age: 34 years, 232 days old (two years and 216 days older than Wilkins)
Mileage at time of injury (including NBA playoff games): 1,459 games played and 54,031 minutes logged
If he comes back on Nique's timetable: 283 days from date of Bryant's injury would be Jan. 20, 2014