What is Bronny James' draft year and when could we see him in the NBA?

Joshua Rogers October 12, 2022
What is Bronny James' draft year and when could we see him in the NBA?
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The eldest son of Lakers star LeBron James recently celebrated his 18th birthday. The youngster is following in his father’s footsteps on the basketball court, but what is Bronny James draft year and when could he be in the NBA?

LeBron James is heading into his 20th season in the NBA and is signed with the Lakers through the 2022-23 season. The NBA legend has long maintained that it’s his desire to play with his son Bronny in the NBA. Over All-Star weekend last season he reiterated that desire, basically putting every GM in the league on notice that he will play for whoever drafts his son.

“My last year will be played with my son,” James said in an interview with Jason Lloyd of The Athletic. “Wherever Bronny is at, that’s where I’ll be. I would do whatever it takes to play with my son for one year. It’s not about the money at that point.”

On 10 October 2022, it was revealed that Bronny had finalized an NIL endorsement deal with Nike.

In a statement, Bronny said, “For as long as I can remember, Nike’s been a part of my family.

“Getting a chance to team up with them and continue my family’s legacy both on the court and in the community is wild — it really means a lot to me.”

Bronny James’ basketball career

LeBron James has been an example on and off the court during his 19-year NBA career. As one of the league’s biggest stars, it’s no surprise Bronny has followed in his father’s footsteps.

Bronny James is currently playing at Sierra Canyon High School in Southern California. Coming off a stellar freshman season Bronny, who is a 6ft 3in combo guard, is considered a four-star prospect by 247Sports and the 35th-ranked recruit in the class of 2023.

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When will Bronny James be drafted in the NBA?

Bronny is expected to attract serious attention from various colleges around the country. However, the status of Bronny’s recruitment is currently undecided.

What we do know is Bronny will graduate from high school in 2023 and play for a college the following year. That means because of the NBA’s one-and-done rules, Bronny will only be able to enter the NBA Draft in 2024.

Initially, NBA Draft Room predicted Bronny being drafted no. 34 overall in the 2024 NBA Draft. However, his standing as a prospect has slipped since he reached high-school level. Per CBS Sports, on merit, he is unlikely to be selected in the first round.

However, The Athletic’s Shams Charania recently reported that the NBA and NBPA are in “serious talks” on new items pertaining to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, one of which would lower the draft age from 19-years-old to 18.

This means he could skip college, like his dad, and start preparing for the 2024 NBA Draft. Right now though he is preparing for his senior year at Sierra Canyon.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.