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NBA Scout Comps Bronny James as 'Poor Man's Davion Mitchell' Before 2024 Draft

Scott Polacek

It doesn't seem like NBA scouts are excited about Bronny James' overall ceiling as he eyes the next level.

On Thursday, ESPN's Marc J. Spears (2:30 mark) shared during an appearance on NBA Today some comments from two scouts that weren't exactly kind when describing the son of the legendary LeBron James:

Using Mitchell as a player comparison is notable, as he isn't exactly an NBA All-Star.

The Sacramento Kings selected him with the No. 9 overall pick of the 2021 NBA draft, and it seemed like he was well on his way to a notable career as a rookie when he averaged 11.5 points, 4.2 assists and 0.7 steals per game.

However, his scoring totals dropped to 5.6 points per game in his second season and 5.3 points per game in his third. His minutes per game also fell from 27.7 to 18.1 to 15.3 during that span.

Teams surely aren't going to be falling over themselves to draft someone who is a "poor man's" version of that production, regardless of James' family connections. Frankly, he might not even be eyeing the NBA draft at this point of his career if he wasn't LeBron's son.

After all, he didn't even make his college debut until mid-December last year because he was recovering from the cardiac arrest he suffered during an offseason workout. Even though he showed flashes of his potential, he was largely inconsistent during his first season at USC as he worked his way back into the rotation throughout the campaign.

James ended up averaging 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting only 36.6 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from deep.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman did not project James being drafted in his latest mock draft, but the Lakers or someone else might take a chance on him late in the second round. After all, he was a 5-star prospect, per 247Sports' composite rankings, and perhaps could be used as something of a recruiting tool for his father, who has a player option for next season.

But the scouts that Spears talked to don't seem like they are trying to talk teams into drafting him.


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