The greatest hurdle Bronny James must clear to make the NBA might be one which his dad cannot enhance him over. Partially misplaced in NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s many feedback throughout the summer season league a couple of weeks in the past was his help for reducing the age limit from 19 to 18one thing that should occur previous to the 2023-24 season for Bronny to make the soar like LeBron did so a few years in the past.
The rule change has to be made throughout the new CBA negotiations, that are in the early phases between the league and the NBPA, in keeping with Silver. While ESPN reported that the two sides expressed optimism a deal will be agreed upon earlier than the winter opt-out date, NBC Sports mentioned not all gamers and groups are on board with dropping the minimal age for draft eligibility. There are solely so many roster spots, and understandably not all members of the gamers affiliation are enthusiastic about having elevated competitors. If talks aren’t finalized earlier than the opt-out date, the CBA might expire subsequent summer season.
There’s nothing about LeBron’s dedication to staying in form that claims he will be bodily unable to play NBA basketball in 2024-25. So no matter if Bronny has to fill his gap year overseas or on a school campus, we’ll in all probability nonetheless see the father-son tandem on an NBA roster. It might simply be extra Giannis Antetokuonmpo household photograph op than the Griffeys hitting back-to-back dwelling runs. (LeBron’s different son, Bryce, is heading into his sophomore season at Sierra Canyon, and at nearly 6-foot-6 already, he seems extra like his dad bodily than his older brother.)
Bronny is at the moment ranked by 247 Sports as the fiftieth finest highschool prospect heading into his senior season. Over the previous decade, there’s solely been a few gamers who completed ranked in that vary to make an affect in the league. The greatest names are Zach Levine (No. 50 in 2013), Norm Powell (No. 52 in 2011), Dejounte Murray (No. 49 in 2015), Chuma Okeke and Jordan Poole (Nos. 50 and 51 respectively in 2017), and Robert Williams and Kevin Huerter (Nos. 50 and 51 respectively in 2016). And, predictably sufficient, there aren’t a lot of brief guards on that listing.
Obviously, all of these gamers had been drafted, the highest being Levine at No. 13 in 2014. The distinction is these gamers probably would not have been chosen had they put their names into the draft after highschool. If NBA groups had been solely selecting from a pool of highschool expertise, it’d be possible that a child coming in at No. 50 on 247’s massive board would be chosen. They’re not although as worldwide expertise and current school prospects just about assure that a participant of Bronny’s stature and ability set — not household title or lineage — must spend a year in school.
The different wrinkle if the age is decreased: It turns into a double draft, and Prince James (no slight meant) will be in a group along with his highschool class and final year’s graduates at the moment slogging via their one-and-done season. The solely approach Bronny will get drafted coming straight out of highschool is if he grows 5 inches and goes ballistic throughout his senior year — or a staff simply desires to fuck with the Lakers and pressure them to both commerce for Bronny or commerce LeBron to them.
A recruiting skilled lately informed Sports Illustrated that there aren’t a lot of faculties courting Bronny as a result of the assumption is he is going straight to the NBA. (My guess is he indicators with no matter staff his dad is on as an undrafted free agent.)
“I feel all people is in settlement that he’s a good participant who can affect profitable just about from day one at the school degree. I simply suppose the notion — though we’ve not heard something definitive in any respect out of Bronny’s camp — is that he’s not prone to play school basketball,” mentioned Adam Finkelstein of 247 Sports.
On his official recruitment web pagehe does not have a single provide, though Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina are on his curiosity listing.
I completely get why a son would wish to forgo school to play on the Lakers along with his pops, and why LeBron actually desires that to occur. It’s simply… except it is in the G League, which I do not suppose dad would permit or stoop to, I do not know the way a lot Bronny will truly play. Maybe they share the flooring throughout rubbish time, and we get a nonetheless cool son-to-father alley-oop. Judging by his social media presence, I’m positive Bronny would excel at bench celebrations.
That mentioned, I’d be extra entertained if the age limit stays intact (at the very least for a little bit longer), so Bronny has to spend a year truly taking part in basketball at a type of blue blood applications. I imply NBA Twitter has invested sufficient power into his profession that they should see how good he actually is earlier than being relegated to a puff piece in warmups.
And if I’m Bronny, I’d prefer to learn how a lot of my basketball success is a product of my very own arduous work, too.