LeBron James Sr. was the top-ranked NBA prospect in his class from practically the moment he could pick up a basketball. It’s fairly low for a prospect literally named “LeBron James.”
Were a prospect of that caliber not named “LeBron James,” he would probably be expected to spend multiple years in college developing his skill set and preparing to transition from collegiate star to professional role player.
Even a non-superstar version of James, earning below market value on what will likely be a minimum or mid-level contract, is worth a decent first-round pick based on what those picks tend to net on the trade market. His draft stock will depend on just how high a pick some team is willing to spend on a year of his father’s services, and the longer James Sr. remains one of the very best players in the NBA, the higher that pick is going to end up being.