Ever since LeBron James entered the league in 2003, he’s been compared with all-time greats due to all he’s achieved since day one, taking the league for assault from day one and never slowing down since then.
Over his entire career, he’s only been out of the starting five in 1 out of 1122 possible games, as well as never missing more than 13 games throughout a 15 year NBA career, something that talks about his longevity and health as well as his talents.
14 time NBA All-Star, 3 times NBA Champion, 6-time All-Defensive, 3-time All-Star MVP, 1-time Scoring Champion, Rookie of the Year, 4 MVPs, 1- time All-NBA and winner of 5 medals with Team USA make James a great part of basketball history and most likely the greatest small forward ever.
So, year in and year out, scouts and agents obviously try to sell their prospects as “the new LeBron James”, constantly overhyping young men like Andrew Wiggins that even though wind up being pretty solid, are ages away from even being close to him.
More often than not, this comparison are pretty far from accurate, but we actually believe that there’s going to be a player with quite a similar skill set that may carry his torch when he finally decides to retire. Today, we’re going to let you know about those 4 young men.
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo keeps improving on a yearly basis and he’s already one of the most dominant players in the league, being able to just bully his way to the rim and put huge scoring lines with 10.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
The Greek Freak never ceases to put work and he’s constantly trying to improve on the defensive end of the floor, as well as being the first player in the gym and the last night to leave it all season long.
If Antetokounmpo develops even a slight stroke from beyond the arc, he’s going to win multiple MVPs and lead the Bucks to a Championship run, having the kind of skill set to become a top 10 player in the history of the game.
3. Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons was one of the players that drew a lot of comparisons between him and James ever since his youth years, and we can clearly see why, although Simmons is way more rough offensively than James when he first entered the league.
You could even argue that Simmons is a better passer than James, and has the tools to record nightly triple-doubles, but he needs to take better care of the rock and know when to push up-tempo in half court and when not to, but that’s pretty normal considering he’s still a rookie.
Simmons has even been part of James’ camps and clearly admires it, and -just like Giannis- if he ever develops a shooting stroke he’s going to be the most dominant player in the league, even though it seems like he doesn’t need to be a shooter to already become a perennial All-Star.
2. Zion Williamson
Zion Williamson hasn’t even reached college yet but he’s been one of the highest ranked prospects in the league for years now, recently deciding to commit to playing at Duke under Coach K’s tutelage.
Williamson looks like a man among kids and he’s been unstoppable ever since entering high school, having a very strong and developed body as well as freakish athleticism and hops to just put defenders on a poster on every play.
Naturally, he’s still extremely rough, and he scores most of his mates just driving to the lane like a human train on a LeBron James’ kind of way, but his outside shot needs to improve a lot if he wants to be a successful combo forward in the league.
1. LeBron James Jr
And finally, who would be better suited to carry LeBron’s torch other than his very own son, LeBron James Jr? Already considered as a lock to make the NBA despite being just 13 years old at the time.
James Jr has shown glimpses of similitudes with his old man and some may even state that he’s a bit more polished than LeBron was at his age, being a very smooth shooter from distance, something the King has never excelled at.
Also, like his father, “Bronny” is one of the most unselfish players on the court and is always more than willing to make a crafty pass to try and get all players involved. So, with his old man leading him to stardom, he might as well be even better than him, but there’s still ages before we get to see how this pays off.