NBA Draft talk heats up for Caitlin Clark as Bronny James struggles to keep up

No woman has ever played in the NBA, but Caitlin Clark has many people wondering if she belongs there.

Clark will be the first overall pick in next Monday’s WNBA Draft, but some, including FOX Sports presenter Skip Bayless, would take her in the NBA Draft over one of the most highly hyped prospects in years: LeBron James’ son, Bronny James. It’s the latest sign that Clark’s game-changing skill has, for better or worse, influenced basketball analysis in the United States, as top female players close the gap on their male peers.

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In contrast to Clark’s amazing collegiate career, which included straight championship game appearances for Iowa, James’ NCAA experience has been more chaotic. The 19-year-old started only six games in a harrowing freshman season that began with a near-fatal cardiac crisis last summer. James has since entered the transfer portal, but he is also draft eligible, having submitted his name for consideration.

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Despite his father’s fame as probably the NBA’s greatest player, James is unlikely to be picked, particularly in the first round. He averaged only 4.8 points in 19.3 minutes per game and was not a regular starter on a poor USC squad this season, which is why he is ready to transfer.

Clark has been a game changer.

Clark’s supremacy at Iowa, on the other hand, injected new life into women’s basketball that had not existed in the twenty-first century before. Her Hawkeyes shattered viewership records throughout the recently concluded NCAA Tournament, culminating in 18.7 million viewers watching the national championship game between Iowa and South Carolina Gamecocks.

Clark, the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer and a two-time Naismith Player of the Year, has recently been compared to NBA legends such as Stephen Curry for her unrivaled 3-point range and ability to score on shots few others would attempt. Her limitless confidence has altered many people’s perceptions of the women’s game, despite the fact that comparisons to the NBA are flawed.

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