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Bronny James 2024 NBA Draft Profile

Bronny James
Bronny James at the 2024 NBA Draft Combine. (David Banks-USA TODAY Sports)

Bronny James 2024 NBA Draft Profile

Bronny James, as I’m sure we’re all aware, has mostly made a name for himself by being the son of LeBron James. While it’s true that he earned McDonald’s All-American accolades in high school, his collegiate performance leaves much to be desired. So much to be desired, in fact, that it’s almost surprising he declared for the 2024 NBA Draft. Regardless of who his father is and his high school career, let’s analyze Bronny James based on his ability as of right now.

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 210lbs

Age: 19 years old

Position: Combo guard

Bronny James entered college as the number 28 prospect in the country, according to 247sports. He has only completed a single year of NCAA basketball as a member of the USC Trojans. Both Bronny and the Trojans had a frustrating 2023-2024 season. In 25 games, Bronny only averaged a scant 4.8 PTS, 2.1 AST, and 2.8 REB, as the Trojans limped along to a 15-18 overall record.

On top of declaring for the 2024 NBA Draft, Bronny has also entered the collegiate transfer portal. His transfer ranking at this time is 107.

Strengths:

Most scouting reports describe Bronny James as having fantastic passing abilities and a willingness to share the ball. Highlight reels show Bronny’s ability to thread the needle in tough situations, something NBA teams will always desire.

Bronny James displayed excellent 3-point shooting at the NBA combine this year, coming in second place with 19 of 25 shots made. Though this has not yet translated to his in-season stats, it proves that he does have the potential to become a threat from distance. He also impressed scouts during 5 on 5 scrimmages.

These same scouting reports also sing his praises on defense. Bronny is able to put consistent pressure on the ball, and is effective at limiting shooting from opposing guards. He has a high basketball IQ and is able to read his opponents.

Furthermore, Bronny has very quick hands, making him a constant deflection or steal threat. He’s clean on defense as well, averaging only 1.7 fouls in 19.4 minutes per game at USC last year.

Weaknesses:

Bronny James’s shooting is holding back his draft value more than any other variable. According to an anonymous NBA GM interviewed by The Ringer, Bronny would go in the first round “if he shot better.” His catch-and-shoot stats are awful, to put it simply. He averages less than 20% on attempts. His misses are inconsistent, coming in short, long, side to side, and everywhere else.

Deeper stat analysis shows his shooting is poor from basically all areas. In high school and college combined, he has shot 30% or less on floaters, pull-up 2s, and dribble 3s. His free throw shooting is pitiful for his position and size at only 67.6%.

Bronny is most comfortable playing off the ball. Pairing this with his poor catch-and-shoot abilities translates into him being generally ineffective offensively. Plus he does not drive the ball up the court himself, it is unlikely that he will score or even take a shot. He had less than ten attempts in all but two games last season.

Projected position: Late Second Round At Best, Likely Undrafted

A word you will see repeated time and time again on scouting reports of Bronny James is potential. Though it reads positively, it means that he is not ready yet.

If it were not for his father, Bronny James would not be on anyone’s radar for this draft. His stats are subpar even for the college level, much less as a professional. It’s possible that a truly desperate team may pick him up in an attempt to lure LeBron, but it’s hard to seriously imagine this scenario playing out well for anyone.

If I had to bet, Bronny James is going to go undrafted. His skills are not at the NBA level yet, and no teams are desperate enough to gamble a pick on him and hope his dad comes with. Bronny’s best bet is to remain in college and continue to work on his game. He is very athletic, and shows a solid theoretical understanding of the sport. His skills are simply not NBA level at this time.

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