Bronny Going Undrafted a Blessing in Disguise for LeBron James, Claims NBA Analyst

Published 01/25/2024, 9:38 AM EST

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With Bronny James being draft eligible in 2024, NBA fans could witness one of the rarest moments in sporting history in the 2024-25 season. In its 77-year history, the league has never witnessed a father-son duo share the court. However, LeBron James and Bronny could change that if Bronny gets selected in the 2024 NBA Draft. But could LeBron’s eldest son, Bronny, take over the mantle from him?

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While it is a big ask for anyone to follow in LeBron’s footsteps, many people have touted Bronny to continue his father’s legacy forward in the NBA. Before suffering a cardiac arrest in July 2023, analysts projected Bronny to become a lottery pick. However, these unfortunate circumstances could work in favor of the Lakers and LeBron, according to an NBA insider, Brian Windhorst.

Brian Windhorst recently made an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show. During a conversation with the host, Windhorst claimed Bronny falling in the draft could be a blessing in disguise for the Lakers. He said, “If Bronny’s potentially a lottery pick, the Lakers might not have a shot at him. If Bronny looks like more of a project and he slides into the second-round, it becomes much more feasible for the Lakers to acquire him… This becomes a cleaner process. It’s counterintuitive, but it’s one of the other facets that’s just fascinating about the situation.” While Bronny’s draft stocks have declined in recent months after the unfortunate events of July 2023, there’s almost 100% certainty that he will be drafted by a franchise because of his association with LeBron.

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Following his congenital heart defect diagnosis, many people feared that Bronny might never play basketball. However, the 19-year-old made a swift recovery and was declared fit to play basketball in December 2023. He currently plays for the USC Trojans and is doing quite well for himself.

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How has Bronny fared for the USC Trojans?

As part of his collegiate career with the University of Southern California Bronny shares the court with highly touted NBA prospects like Isaiah Collier and Boogie Ellis. Bronny made his long-awaited USC debut on 11th December against the Long Beach state. Coming off the bench, Bronny recorded 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in just 17 minutes of playing time.

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Since then, Bronny has played in ten other games for USC. He has averaged 5.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assist in 19.6 minutes of playing time. Despite the best efforts of Bronny, the USC Trojans currently rank second bottom in the Pac-12 Conference standings. With underwhelming performances from Bronny and the Trojans, is Bronny’s selection in the 2024 NBA Draft still likely? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dushyant Singh

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers? triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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