Bronny James NBA Draft rumors: Why LeBron’s son could be a first-round pick in 2024

Bronny James continues to make waves as the NBA Draft season heats up.

The USC product and son of NBA great LeBron James seems to be staying in the 2024 NBA Draft rather than returning to college. James previously entered the transfer portal while simultaneously putting his name into the draft.

James has been in the spotlight for years now, especially since he became a legit basketball prospect. His freshman year at USC was mostly underwhelming, but scouts believe he played out of position and is better than his numbers show. Not to mention, James began his collegiate career just months after suffering cardiac arrest.

The NBA Draft order is set as the Hawks won this year’s lottery
 and 78 prospects have made their way to Chicago for the NBA Draft Combine. James is among that bunch and has already impressed those in attendance, notably with his measurements and

As long as James keeps his name in the draft, he’ll dominate headlines. It’s possible that he can team up with his dad in the NBA
. The draft isn’t until June 26, so there is time for opinions to mature and draft boards to change, which will certainly affect James.

The Sporting News is tracking all the latest rumors, news and updates on James leading up to the 2024 NBA Draft.

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Bronny James NBA Draft rumors

Multiple teams plan to schedule workouts with Bronny James

Date: May 13

James has already drawn some interest from a few teams, including the Lakers. Los Angeles has long been the favorite to land the point guard since it would like to pair the father and son together.

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That said, there are a couple more undisclosed teams interested in scheduling workouts and meetings with James, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

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Bronny James’ financial impact could improve his draft stock

Date: May 13

NBA teams may consider drafting James for more than just his talent or a chance to sign his dad. The financial impact James would bring to any organization is expected to be great, even if he plays in the G League.

“Bronny James is going to have an impact for organizations not just on the basketball side, but potentially on the business side,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said. “He’s almost assuredly going to start in the G League. He will pack G League arenas, merchandising.

“All of those make him an attractive player, whether it’s late first round or second round.”

In his latest mock draft
, TSN’s draft expert Kyle Irving has James going to the Lakers with the No. 55 pick. Irving has James ranked as the 46th-best prospect in the class

Bronny James impresses on vertical leap, shooting and agility drills

Date: May 13

James made some noise during the first day of the NBA Combine with his vertical leap, shooting and agility numbers.

Despite shooting just 26.7 percent from 3 in 25 games at USC, his jumper looked fluid during the combine shooting drills.

Furthermore, James posted a 40.5-inch max vertical, which ranked as the fourth highest among 2024 participants. 

The raw combine numbers have helped James’ stock after a mostly disappointing freshman season.

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