Bronny James maybe doesn’t have as much hype around him as his father, LeBron James, did. But it’s pretty close. Many people think that Bronny has a chance to be a very talented college player and a stellar player in the NBA. In fact, Bronny is now receiving extremely high praise from a former NBA superstar. That former superstar is Gilbert Arenas.
Bronny James has the potential to become an NBA star
Bronny still has a few years left in high school, as he is in the 2023 class. However, there is already a ton of hype surrounding the son of one of the top two NBA players of all-time, LeBron James.
This is what 247Sports’ Evan Daniels had to say about Bronny in February 2020.
“Athletically, [Bronny] is impressive and he’s continued to become more athletic over the last year,” Daniels wrote. “Where he impresses the most is with his feel for the game, vision, and passing. While he’s projecting as an off guard/combo for now, the passing ability makes you wonder if he could eventually slide over to full time point guard with development. [Bronny] is also an impressive shooter with good shot mechanics. He’s comfortable pulling up for one and two dribble pull-ups, and has a lot of potential as a long-range shooter.”
Does that passing ability remind you of someone?
Well, now a former NBA superstar is impressed.
Gilbert Arenas is a former NBA superstar
The Golden State Warriors selected Gilbert Arenas in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft. He spent two seasons with the Warriors and even averaged 18.3 points per game, 6.3 assists, and 4.7 rebounds in his second season. However, he then went to the Washington Wizards in 2003-04 and ultimately became a star there.
He averaged 19.6 points per game and 4.6 rebounds in 2003-04, but he then had an excellent season in 2004-05. Arenas became an All-Star that season, as he scored 25.5 points per game to go with 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds. He then became one of the best scorers in the NBA in 2005-06, though, as he averaged 29.3 points per game to go with 6.1 assists.
Arenas then averaged 28.4 points per game and six assists in 2006-07, but injuries ultimately derailed his career. He only played in 134 games the rest of his career from 2007-08 through 2011-12. His last season in the NBA was in 2011-12.
Gilbert Arenas is really impressed with Bronny James
Arenas recently appeared on The Complex Sports Podcast, and he had a bunch of praise for Bronny’s basketball abilities.
“I’m watching him, looking at him,” Arenas said. “I text [LeBron] back, and I said, ‘Don’t even worry. He’s you.’ I said, ‘From what I can tell right now, he probably has a better shot than you did, dribbles better than you, you guys probably have the same passing ability, you were probably faster, taller, he probably jumped higher.’”
So, what was LeBron’s response?
“He said, ‘Yo, dead on,’” Arenas said. “I said, ‘The difference between you and him, at this point, is you needed basketball to get out of where you were getting out of. He doesn’t need basketball because you did it already. So, what he’s going to need is, he’s going to need just the internal love.”
Well, that’s some pretty high praise. Bronny is already as good as LeBron was at his age? That’s scary.
LeBron James has already cemented himself as one of the top two players of all-time. His son, Bronny, though, might be coming for him.
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