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Brian Windhorst Gives An Honest Assessment Of Bronny James

LeBron James' oldest son Bronny James during a game for Sierra Canyon in Ohio.

COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 14: LeBron 'Bronny' James Jr. #0 of Sierra Canyon High School looks on during the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic against St. Vincent-St. Mary High School at Nationwide Arena on December 14, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Given the likely unattainable success that his father and namesake has set out in front of him, Bronny James no doubt feels quite a bit of pressure as he looks forward to the next steps of his basketball career.

During a recent appearance with The Dan Patrick Show, NBA insider Brian Windhorst shared his thoughts on Bronny's basketball future.

“He's very good,” Windhorst said. “I don't know if he's going to go play in college. If he were to go play in college, he would probably get a high major offer. Whether he would be a star on that team, I don't know.

"Having seen him play, he is in tremendous physical condition. He is in better condition than his dad was at the same age, because his dad never lifted a weight in his life until he was 16. This kid was having personal training, I don't know when he was 10? So he's done incredible work on his physique. He's very, very conditioned. But he is not the athlete LeBron was. LeBron was 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8, 240 pounds when he was 17. He came into the NBA, he was one of the few 18 year olds ever who physically wasn't intimidated. The only player that intimidated LeBron as a rookie was Ron Artest...

"Bronny is very skilled. I think he's listed as a four-star prospect. So think about that. A four-star prospect that's what Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA go after. How many four-star prospects make the NBA? I don't know what the percentage is, but it's not super duper high."

Bronny is a highly-touted recruit in the 2023 class, but his rankings and hype are nowhere close to the level that LeBron earned coming out of high school.

According to 247Sports, the Sierra Canyon junior is a four-star recruit and the No. 6-ranked combo guard in the nation. At 6-foot-3, 190 lbs, he doesn't have the same physical attributes that his father had as the No. 1 overall pick straight out of high school in the 2003 NBA Draft.

Even if Bronny doesn't have the best collegiate career, Windhorst believes his last name will carry him into the NBA at some point.

“Obviously if he wants to be in the NBA, he’ll get a chance in the NBA," he continued. "His last name will carry him as to that. But I think assuming that he's going to be ready at age 19, that's a big ask. Maybe he will be. I mean, that's two years from now. Maybe he will be.

"But when I saw him play, he was a freshman and there were two guys on his team that year that are now in the NBA, Ziaire Williams with the Grizzlies and Brandon Boston with the Clippers. Those guys, when you saw them, you were like, 'I will see that gentleman in the NBA in two years.’ I don't get that same vibe, and the people I talk to don't get that same vibe about Bronny.

"There are actually people, and I've never seen his younger son Bryce play, but people have told me that Bryce actually might be the better prospect amongst the two. But Bryce, I think, is 13 or something like that. I don't know if we can go that far down the list.”

LeBron has recently stated that he hopes to one day play alongside his son in the NBA. This statement will no doubt boost Bronny's potential stock once he becomes draft eligible in two years.