Bryant went to the NBA straight out of high school. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. At 18, he became the youngest player to win the competition. Bryant lead the Los Angeles Lakers to three straight NBA Championships from 2000-2003. He led the NBA in scoring in 2005-06 and 2006-07. He scored the second most points in a single game in NBA history with 81 against Toronto. He was the 2008 regular season MVP. Bryant would lead the Lakers to two more back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010.