NBA Champion Metta World Peace Says Bronny James Could Have NBA All-Star Potential

Former NBA star Metta World Peace remains optimistic about Bronny James’ potential despite a lackluster freshman season at USC.

World Peace expressed to TMZ Sports that James “has the potential to become a standout point guard” and even an NBA All-Star. The former champion isn’t overly concerned about the struggles of the 6’4″ guard during his time with the Trojans.

James faced challenges throughout his freshman year, starting with a cardiac arrest during the offseason, which delayed his college debut until mid-December. Despite this setback, he managed to play in 25 games, averaging 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.

In the early projections of the 2024 NBA mock drafts, some speculated that James could be a first-round or even a lottery pick. However, as the 2023-24 season unfolded, staying at USC and further developing his skills seems to be the wisest course of action.

Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report excluded James from his recent mock draft, offering a comprehensive assessment of his game and draft prospects. Wasserman acknowledged the allure of James’ potential as a three-and-D guard and the added incentive of potentially being associated with Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

“However, concerns have arisen regarding his scoring efficiency, ability to create opportunities, execute in the half court, and consistency in hitting jump shots,” Wasserman noted. “He has yet to showcase a singular, compelling skill for scoring at the NBA level. Some teams may question whether James’ defensive abilities and basketball IQ are sufficient for NBA minutes.”

Despite James’ underwhelming performance at USC thus far, his potential in the NBA remains considerable. Returning to USC for another season would afford him the opportunity to demonstrate his capabilities and potentially elevate his draft stock.

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