It’s probably tough being the son of NBA legend LeBron James in terms of expectations and the limelight that comes with it. What’s even more difficult is when NBA insiders start to compare one brother to the other, as this has been the case as of late.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, some insiders already feel that the younger James brother, Bryce Maximus James, is expected to be a better basketball prospect than James’ oldest son, Bronny James. Bronny is currently a junior playing for Sierra Canyon High School, while Bryce is a ninth-grader also playing for the same school.
“There are people who told me that Bryce actually might be the better prospect amongst the two,” Windhorst said in his latest guesting at the Dan Patrick Show. “Bryce, I think, is 13 or something like that. I don’t know if we can go that far.”
Compare and contrast
Bronny currently ranks 34th in his draft class and is number five in his position. As a 6-foot-3 guard, Bronny has already established himself as a perennial perimeter defender who can knock down shots and pass the ball well.
Bronny also has a good feel for the game and has the instincts to turn defense into offense, thanks to his speed and ability to get in transition. As of writing, Bronny is expected to be selected in the second round of the NBA draft two years from now.
Meanwhile, the younger James sibling Bryce has developed a reputation for being an excellent shooter. He seems to have the score-first mentality that appeals to many scouts in the NBA today.
The middle child can pass, defend, and does his damage best by getting inside the paint to score or create a jumper for himself. More importantly, his confidence is very much evident in his game.
Both Bronny and Bryce seem to have two distinct playing styles, and it’s not a shocker that some insiders prefer a guard that likes to use his speed and physicality to score. Granted, Bryce still has a lot of games to play and prove his worth, but so far, his play has been impressive.
The competition awaits
Bronny and Bryce probably won’t cross paths in high school basketball, but the hype will grow louder now that the two brothers are being compared.
That’s just what happens when you’re the son of LeBron James. The camera will never leave your sight. Nevertheless, it’s incredible that The King can pass on his legacy to his princes.
Who knows, maybe Bronny and Bryce will go up against each other in the NBA one day.