After deciding to sign to play basketball at the University of Southern California, Bronny James is one step closer to the NBA.
James, who is ranked by 247Sports as player number 21 of the high school class of 2023, he is poised to make an immediate impact for the Trojans during his freshman season, leading many to speculate about his future in the NBA.
Of course, that helps too James is the son of the greatest scorer in NBA history, LeBron Jameswho has long expressed his desire to play with his son before he finishes his career.
Now that LeBron James is considering retirement, it’s worth reconsidering how soon his son Bronny could enter the NBA ranks.
When could Bronny James come to the NBA?
Bronny James could play in the NBA from the 2024-2025 season.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NGA and the Players’ Association, a player must be at least 19 years old in the calendar year in which the Draft will be held and at least one year must have passed since they graduated from school.
As a 2023 high school graduate, Bronny must wait until 2024 to enter the NBA Draft.
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Although the 2023 NBA Draft hasn’t arrived yet, Bronny James has promising prospects for the 2024 NBA Draft.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony ranked James in the top 10 in his 2024 NBA mock draft, which was released in February. Since then, James has helped himself to notable performances at the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit.
As mentioned above, his commitment to USC is one more step towards his NBA dream.
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How old is Bronny James?
Bronny James is 18 years old. He was born on October 6, 2004, so he will be 19 in a few months.
Although James meets the minimum age to enter the NBA, his school classification prevents him from registering for the NBA Draft before 2024.
Could LeBron James play with his son Bronny in the NBA?
During Bronny James’ junior year in high school, LeBron opened up about his wishes for his son, saying: “I want to make it to the NBA … I want to be on the court with him, I think it would be an incredible moment.”
After Bronny committed to USC in early May, LeBron doubled down on his goal, reaffirming that “I was serious, and I’m still serious (about playing with my son in the NBA).”
LeBron clarified, saying that “Just because that’s my wish or my goal, doesn’t mean it’s yours. And I’m fine with that.”
It remains to be seen if Bronny shares the goal of playing with his father, but as a highly sought-after commitment, he is still on track.
Will LeBron James retire from the NBA in 2023?
After the Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets in the 2023 Western Conference Finals, James took a dire tone regarding his future in the NBA, saying: “I have a lot to think about, to be honest. Just for me personally, going forward in the game of basketball, a lot to think about.”
Chris Haynes of Turner Sports reported that James is “uncertain” if he will be with the Lakers to start next season, adding that retirement is “under consideration.”
James expressed a similar sentiment to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, saying: “I have to think about (walking out).”
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