The Kobe Bryant reason Kevin Garnett believes in Bronny James’ NBA Draft prospects

Tony Nguyen | Los Angeles Lakers
May 24, 2024

The NBA Draft is just weeks away and fans everywhere are wondering what could happen with the Bronny James situation. James turned in an incredibly underwhelming performance last season with USC basketball, adding to confusion over his status as a potential draftee.

Recently the man known as the ‘The Big Ticket,’ Kevin Garnett, came to Bronny James’ defense with comments on the fast-rising prospect.

Garnett’s words came during comments from NBA personnel on a successful pro day for the former Trojans star. A re-ordering of the 2023 NBA Draft included a surprise guard entrant in the top ten.

Now, Garnett’s comments are being put under the microscope.

Garnett: All In On Bronny 

Garnett compared Bronny James to Kobe Bryant in a video posted to his X account about the upcoming NBA Draft on Thursday afternoon.

He said that Bronny James has ‘greatness’ in his veins and added that he looked ‘really good’ at the NBA Draft Combine.

“He’s got a great framework and potential to build off of plus greatness in his DNA,” Garnett said. “If he stay at it he gonna have a chance in the league.”

Kobe Bryant Comparison, Revealed 

Garnett also compared James’ NBA Draft situation to Kobe Bryant, calling to mind a comparison between James and the 18-year-old version of the Los Angeles Lakers legend. Garnett noted that Bryant was quite raw during his time as a teenage prospect and didn’t fully develop into the player he would eventually become until he matured and learned on the job with the Lake Show.

While James isn’t expected to have a Kobe Bryant like career at the next level, he is expected to be a contributor, once he grows into his considerable talents and finds his sea legs at the next level. Garnett also stated that he believes Bronny James, who is currently just 19 years old, could have a growth spurt at some time in the near future giving him the ability to become an even more dangerous player several years after the 2024 NBA Draft.