With the 2021 NBA Draft officially in the books, scouts are already taking a look ahead to the future college recruiting classes and the top players to come. Unsurprisingly, LeBron James’ son, Bronny James, is already heavily under the microscope.
At just 16 years old, James is currently a 247Sports Composite four-star recruit. He is also the No. 30 ranked overall player and No. 6 ranked combo guard in the recruiting class of 2023.
Last week, Nike Peach Jam took place, showcasing some of the top NBA draft prospects to come. Bronny James participated in the event and was evaluated by an anonymous NBA scout.
“Bronny has been a positive surprise,” an NBA scout said, via Yahoo Sports. “He’s shown me he’s more than a last name, he can make shots and handle the ball. He’s very even-keeled for someone who’s under the microscope.”
On a recent edition of the “Smartless,” podcast, James’ legendary father said he hopes to retire as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
“I truly hope that I can finish my career with the Lakers,” James said on the podcast, according to CBS Sports. “However many years that is, if it’s four, five, six, whatever, seven. I hope I can continue to play the game. I love being in L.A., my family loves being in L.A. Being with a historical franchise like the Lakers is something ... It’s like me being in ‘Space Jam’ — I never thought it would be possible. You think about Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), and Magic (Johnson), and Wilt (Chamberlin), and Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, Kobe (Bryant), (Shaquille O’Neal) and all of them. The whole list goes on.”
The first overall pick out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in the 2003 NBA Draft, James is a native of Akron, Ohio, and began his career in his home state with the Cavaliers. James was there for seven years. But after failing to win a championship, he left for the Miami Heat, where he won two titles in a four-year stretch.
After finally getting the first titles of his career, James made a return to Cleveland, teaming up with Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and others to help bring a championship to the Cavaliers’ franchise. He did that in 2016 and looked like he might end up finishing his career with his hometown team and hang more banners. But after just four years back in Cleveland, James once again packed up his bags and went to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers, one of the most historic franchises in the history of the NBA.
James has been with Los Angeles for three seasons and won a championship in his second season, a season that ended in a COVID-19-caused bubble playoff format. In James’ first year with the Lakers, he missed the playoffs and this season, Los Angeles was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
If James does end his career with the Lakers, many will be eager to see how he is remembered in the franchise’s history. One of the most memorable players to play the game, James will still likely have to make a name for himself in order to have his number retired by a franchise that has just 10 players in team history retired.