Are Kobe Bryant, Nikola Jokić, and Michael Jordan the best draft choices in NBA history?

When discussing who the best NBA draft selection ever was, Skip Bayless, Paul Pierce, and Keyshawn Johnson bring up Michael Jordan and Nikola Jokić.

It’s historical, it’s endearing, and it’s the happiest headline for a team in dire need of some positive news. It’s not that clever, though. And it’s not really fair to two of the primary players. Therefore, the Lakers’ creation of the most renowned 55th overall pick in NBA draft history deserves to be written out with a wet blanket. Yes, they did really succeed in selecting an unproven 19-year-old player called Bronny James on Thursday, joining forces with his father LeBron to become the first father-son team in NBA history.

Even though almost every other NBA team with the opportunity to choose Bronny passed on him, they still went ahead and did it. They succeeded despite Bronny’s difficult season at USC following a five-month-long cardiac arrest incident. Read more: Lakers select Bronny James in the draft, bringing father LeBron to the NBA They did so despite the consensus among experts that he should have had at least one more year of collegiate tutoring given his stats, which included five points, three rebounds, and two assists per game for the Trojans.

However, that seems like a steep price to pay. Of course, the Lakers won’t pay the highest price because, let’s be honest, they weren’t going to choose a star with the 55th pick in the first place. They incurred no staff costs at all in making this no-lose choice. LeBron will not bear the highest price either; after all, what could be better than him playing with his son and creating history? No, tragically, Bronny himself will have to pay the biggest price here.

No, tragically, Bronny himself will have to pay the biggest price here. Commentators have spoken poetically about the beauty of a father-son relationship, but they have neglected to consider it from the son’s perspective. Is Bronny truly in need of this much pressure? Is it really reasonable to expect him to improve when he shares the bench with his father, who is probably the greatest player in history?

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