Bronny James ‘Reportedly Expected’ to Stay in the 2024 NBA Draft

The worst-kept secret about the 2024 NBA Draft has seemingly now become widespread news. According to famed NBA journalist Shams Charania, Bronny James — son of NBA star LeBron James — is expected to stay in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Long has this news been rumored ever since the younger James played his only college season at USC this past year. The shooting guard has a rough go of it — averaging 4.8 PPG and 2.1 APG on 36.6 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from three. When James went into cardiac arrest last summer, it dramatically slowed his progression as a first-year collegiate player.

When finally cleared in the second half of the regular season, James had to play catch up with both conditioning and rhythm. Charania also reported that James will be participating in all of the combine activities with the hopes of boosting his stock. On the surface, James does not look like an NBA player.

He’s an undersized two-guard with struggles shooting the basketball in his only season on a higher level. With that said, James is a plus-athlete, and has a strong feel for the game. In terms of a potential NBA comparison, one could see James functioning similarly to Avery Bradley or De’Anthony Melton.

The biggest picture revolves around his father. Will the Lakers end up taking James as a favor to his father? Will another team draft the younger James with the hopes of luring LeBron via trade or free agency? Either way, this will be a fun story to watch moving forward.