The eldest son of Lakers star LeBron James recently celebrated his 17th birthday. The youngster is following in his father’s footsteps on the basketball court, but when will Bronny James be drafted in the NBA?
LeBron James is in his 19th season in the NBA and 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 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.”
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 34th-ranked recruit in the class of 2023.
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, and he may even elect to go down the NBA G League route.
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.
For now, though, Bronny will be focusing on his upcoming season with Sierra Canyon High School.