According to a report, some unnamed NBA executives believe LeBron James’ son, Bronny James currently projects to be a second-round draft pick. This was disclosed by Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus and here is what he wrote:
“Having polled several executives, Bronny James probably projects to be a second-round pick at this point, though it’s too early to say with any certainty. A team could reach for the son to lure the father.”
But according to Lakers Daily, Bronny James isn’t eligible to be selected by any team until the 2024 NBA Draft under the NBA rules.
There’s no guarantee that the younger James will be drafted as soon as he’s eligible. However, the elder James’ plans of joining his son wherever he lands make it almost a certainty that some team will scoop up the youngster.
For many teams, the idea of drafting the younger James and also getting one of the NBA’s greatest players ever is likely pretty enticing. This could help the younger James move up in the draft.
Of course, the younger James still has time to polish his own talents. Perhaps he could even turn into a legitimate first-round choice and silence the inevitable critics who will claim that his father is the reason he’s an NBA prospect.
For now, the elder James is simply trying to focus on getting the Lakers back on track as they get closer to the postseason. L.A. currently holds a poor 27-31 record.
There are going to be two critical things that will determine how this plays out. Bronny’s development over the next two years (his brother Bryce actually might be better) and how well LeBron is playing at 40-years-old.
He is 37 and is averaging 29-7-7, those are prime years LeBron type of stats. Even if he was to go down a little from those numbers it is possible a team with NBA Finals aspirations could draft Bronny a little higher to secure Bron’s services for one last year.
The teams I am thinking that will think real hard about that are the KNICKS and the CAVS.
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