Bronny Is Back! LeBron James Jr. Makes Season Debut

5-star guard and potential first round pick LeBron James Jr. made his season debut for USC, playing 17 minutes and scoring 4 points in a loss to Long Beach State. He added 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot.

The 6-3 guard had a health scare this summer, suffering a cardiac arrest during a USC practice. Since then all indications have been that he would return to action at some point this season, and it’s awesome to see him back so soon.

In his first game back Bronny game off the bench and played somewhat limited minutes as he works his way back into game shape. USC has a strong group of guards including potential top 10 pick Isaiah Collier and high scoring Boogie Ellis, so Bronny could continue to come off the bench this season.

The Famous Name

Bronny obviously gets a lot of attention because of his famous name/dad but he’s a high level prospect in his own right who would be on draft radars, regardless of his name. At 6-3 he’s a bit undersized for a scoring guard but he’s got a very strong frame and really good athleticism. He’s become a deadly accurate outside shooter with deep range on his jumper and a beautiful shooting form. He’s also a high level decision maker, excellent connective passer and solid team and one on one defender.

His draft stock will be largely based on how he plays but there are also a few other factors in play. For one, he would bring a tremendous amount of media attention to whichever franchise drafts him. There’s also a chance that his dad, who will be 39 years old by the time Bronny is in the league, could join the franchise that drafts him. My best guess is that the Lakers will find a way to draft Bronny, bringing the James’ family together in L.A.

Bronny James NBA Comparisons

In a previous article I took a look at which current or former NBA players Bronny James can be compared too. You can read the full analysis here but in short there are four players that Bronny reminds me of: Avery Bradley, George Hill, Robert Pack and Marcus Smart.

I think Bronny is a NBA player. I don’t necessarily see him as a star and possibly not a high level starter but, regardless of his famous name, he has a chance to stick in the league and be a long-term contributor to a franchise.

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