According to the latest NBA mock drafts, experts predict Bronny James to potentially end up as a lottery pick.
Moreover, they believe he’ll be a top-10 pick — namely the 10th overall pick.
That’s way higher than most scouts and analysts predicted one year ago — in fact, most of them thought of Bronny as a second-round pick, while others claimed he wouldn’t even be a one-and-done player in college if he wasn’t LeBron James’ firstborn.
That seems to be the case with Chris Broussard.
Recently, the sports analyst praised Bronny’s feel for the game and admitted that he would love to see him be a lottery pick.
However, he just doesn’t think any team will use a lottery pick on him, even if that means getting LeBron James for the final year of his career as well:
“I’d love to see Bronny be a lottery pick. Watching him, I love his feel for the game; I think he has his dad’s court vision, sense and intelligence,” Broussard said. “But I don’t think a team would draft Bronny in lottery to get LeBron two years from now.”
"I'd love to see Bronny be a lottery pick. Watching him, I love his feel for the game, I think he has his dad's court vision, sense & intelligence. … But I don't think a team would draft Bronny in lottery to get LeBron 2 years from now." — @Chris_Broussard pic.twitter.com/k4IwDOlKDG
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) February 23, 2023
James has openly admitted that he’s willing to play at a major discount for whichever team takes Bronny.
Whatever the case, scouts claim that Bronny’s draft stock rise has nothing to do with his last name or privileged gene pool.
Bronny is reportedly making a case for being the best off-ball defender in his class, and his pass-first mentality and basketball IQ make him a guy whose skills would translate to the pros.
Also, he’s bulked up, and his athleticism has never been in question.
Bronny has yet to commit to any college, and it’ll be a while before we see him in the NBA.
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