2024 NBA draft: Bronny James joins LeBron with Lakers as father-son duo makes history (2024)

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Opinion: Bronny James achieving his dream is all about heart A picture is worth … Teams told not to draft Bronny James, per ESPN No. 58 Dallas Mavericks, Ariel Hukporti, Riesen Ludwigsburg (Germany) No. 57 Memphis Grizzlies, Ulrich Chomche, Cameroon No. 56 Denver Nuggets, Kevin McCullar Jr., Kansas No. 55 Los Angeles Lakers, Bronny James, USC No. 54 Boston Celtics, Anton Watson, Gonzaga No. 53 Detroit Pistons, Cam Spencer, Connecticut No. 52 Golden State Warriors, Quinten Post, Boston College No. 51 New York Knicks, Melvin Ajinça, Saint-Quentin (France) No. 50 Indiana Pacers, Enrique Freeman, Akron No. 49 Indiana Pacers: Tristen Newton, Connecticut No. 48 San Antonio Spurs, Harrison Ingram, North Carolina No. 47 Orlando Magic, Antonio Reeves, Kentucky No. 46 Los Angeles Clippers, Cam Christie, Minnesota No. 45 Sacramento Kings, Jamal Shead, Houston No. 44 Atlanta Hawks, Pelle Larsson, Arizona No. 43 Miami Heat, Nikola Đurišić, Serbia No. 42 Charlotte Hornets, KJ Simpson, Colorado No. 41 Philadelphia 76ers, Adem Bona, UCLA No. 40 Portland Trail Blazers, Osasere Ighodaro, Marquette No. 39 Memphis Grizzlies, Jaylen Wells, Washington State No. 38 New York Knicks, Ajay Mitchell, UC-Santa Barbara No. 37 Minnesota Timberwolves, Bobi Klintman, Sweden No. 36 Indiana Pacers, Juan Núñez, Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany) No. 35. San Antonio Spurs, Johnny Furphy, Kansas No. 34, Portland Trail Blazers, Tyler Kolek, Marquette No. 33 Milwaukee Bucks, Tyler Smith, G League Ignite No. 32 Utah Jazz, Kyle Filipowski, Duke No. 31 Toronto Raptors, Jonathan Mogbo, San Francisco Bronny James is not among green room guests How to watch the NBA draft When is the NBA draft? How to stream the NBA draft How many rounds are the NBA draft? What time does the draft start and when do teams pick? Where is the NBA draft? How many picks are in the NBA draft? Second-round trades in motion NBA second-round draft order Projected landing spots for Bronny James LeBron makes emotional social media post about Bronny NBA draft first-round highlights NBA draft first-round picks Opinion: Hawks don't need a savior in Risacher. They just need him to be good Opinion: Knicks taking big swings. Risk is worth it NBA draft winners and losers Three biggest surprise picks from first round Historic draft for France ESPN cameras show incorrect player when displaying graphic Donovan Clingan honors mom at draft Teams with most, fewest picks in 2024 NBA draft NBA draft eligibility requirements No. 1 NBA draft picks FAQs

NEW YORK — Bronny James heard his named called in the NBA draft, and history was made.

With theNo. 55 pick in the second round, the Los Angeles Lakersselected James. Deputy commissioner Mark Tatum announced the pick from ESPN’s Seaport studio on the edge of lower Manhattan’s Financial District where the second round took place.

Bronny, and his dad, NBA star LeBron James, are the first father-son player pair in the NBA at the same time. Bronny, 19, was drafted nearly 21 years to the date after LeBron was chosen No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003.

He is a 6-2 guard with exceptional leaping ability and a strong defensive disposition.

Bronny has had a scary and exciting year. He sustained a life-threatening cardiac arrest while working out on Southern California’s campus in July, leaving his basketball future unclear.

Before his cardiac arrest, Bronny had a strong senior season in high school and had become a potential first-round pick. The cardiac arrest, which was the result of a congenital heart defect, set back his development. He had surgery to repair the defect, was cleared to play for the Trojans and averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists and shot 36.6% from the field and 26.7% on 3-pointers in 25 games during his freshman season in 2023-24.

The NBA’s Fitness to Play Panel also cleared James for NBA play.

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At one point, LeBron said he wanted to play alongside Bronny, but the elder James has distanced himself from that sentiment saying as far back as a year ago that what the son wants isn’t always what the dad wants.

“I never thought about just playing with my dad, but of course he’s, he’s brought it up a couple times. But yeah, I don’t think about it,” Bronny said at the draft combine in May.

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WHERE ARE PLAYERS FROM?NBA draft's first two picks show league's global reach

Read on for USA TODAY Sports' analysis for all 28 picks from the second round of the 2024 NBA draft, news, trades and highlights:

Opinion: Bronny James achieving his dream is all about heart

NEW YORK – Heart. That’s whatBronny James’selection in the second round of theNBA draftThursday is about.

James’ physical heart, the one that sustained a cardiac arrest 11 months ago while he worked out on Southern California’s campus. And his metaphorical heart, the one that helped him get back on the basketball court and in position to be drafted after a life-threatening incident required a procedure to fix his congenital heart defect.

And our hearts, the hardened ones that can’t find the joy in a young adult reaching his dreams, and the warm hearts that can. Read Jeff Zillgitt's column.

A picture is worth …

Like father, like son.

Bronny James and LeBron James became the first father-and-son player duo in NBA history to be in the league at the same time. A photo shared on NBA’s official Instagram account highlighted just how amazing a feat that is. The photo from June 2, 2007, shows LeBron holding a young Bronny after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals. LeBron was 22 years, 5 months and 8 days and Bronny was 2 years, 8 months and 1 day. — Cydney Henderson

Teams told not to draft Bronny James, per ESPN

The Los Angeles Lakers draftedBronny Jameswith the 55th pick in the second round of the2024 NBA drafton Thursday.

The 19-year-old, 6-foot-2, 210-pound guard left USC after one season amid speculation about his future and possibly playing alongside his father, Los Angeles Lakers forwardLeBron James. The superstar has until Saturday to inform the Lakers whether he is returning or opting out of his contract. Even if he opts out, he still could return to the Lakers.

OPINION:Bronny James must earn his spot with Lakers, but no one should question his heart

Rich Paul, the agent for father and son, said Bronny James ending up with the right team so he can develop was more important than where he was selected in the draft. According to ESPN, Paul even threatened that James would play in Australia and asked certain unnamed teams not to draft him.

Several teams, such as the Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, had expressed interest in drafting James but according to reports, he only worked out for the Suns and Lakers. — Scooby Axson

No. 58 Dallas Mavericks, Ariel Hukporti, Riesen Ludwigsburg (Germany)

The Mavericks closed out the draft by selecting Hukporti, who averaged 8.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks last season on Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany. — Cydney Henderson

No. 57 Memphis Grizzlies, Ulrich Chomche, Cameroon

The youngest player in this year’s draft, turning 18 in December. He played a few games in the NBA Academy Africa, so his inexperience is a concern. But in the limited amount of games he’s played, he’s shown off his defensive presence. He will need tons of development and there’s uncertainty of how far his offensive game can go, yet he does have the tools to make it in the NBA. — Jordan Mendoza

No. 56 Denver Nuggets, Kevin McCullar Jr., Kansas

A semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award in each of the past three seasons, McCullar is a long wing who can guard multiple positions. He has natural instincts on both sides, but averaged 18.3 points and 6 rebounds per game last season. — Jordan Mendoza

The Nuggets traded the No. 56 pick to the Knicks, via the Suns, per ESPN.

No. 55 Los Angeles Lakers, Bronny James, USC

The Lakers did the expected and paired LeBron James with his son, Bronny. Assuming Bronny plays in a game next season, it will mark the first-ever father-son player duo in NBA history. Bronny flashed speed, jumping ability, athleticism and defense in the NBA draft combine and pre-draft process. He’ll have to continue to polish his jump shot, but his quickest path to the court is as a willing, pesky defender in a “3-and-D” role. — Lorenzo Reyes

No. 54 Boston Celtics, Anton Watson, Gonzaga

The reigning champion Boston Celtics are adding Anton Watson to their squad with the No. 54 overall pick. He averaged 14.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists last season. Watson led the Bulldogs in steals per game (1.5).— Cydney Henderson

No. 53 Detroit Pistons, Cam Spencer, Connecticut

Likely the best 3-point shooter in the draft, Spence shot 44% from deep during the national championship season. He’s better suited as a shooter coming off screens and he has great vision in finding the right spots to get open. He averaged 14.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game last season. — Jordan Mendoza

The Pistons traded the No. 53 pick to the Grizzlies, via the Timberwolves, per ESPN.

No. 52 Golden State Warriors, Quinten Post, Boston College

Post is a true big that can dominate near the basket with his frame, but what’s remarkable is his 3-point shooting ability; last season, he shot 43.1% from beyond the arc. He isn’t fast and can be exploited if he has to defend around the perimeter, but he gives Golden State another possible scoring threat off the bench. — Jordan Mendoza

No. 51 New York Knicks, Melvin Ajinça, Saint-Quentin (France)

Another French player is off the board. The Knicks picked up Ajinça, a 6-8 wing that shot 30.9% from three last season on Saint-Quentin. He averaged 13.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. — Cydney Henderson

The Knicks traded the No. 51 pick to the Mavericks, per ESPN.

No. 50 Indiana Pacers, Enrique Freeman, Akron

The Pacers are looking to solidify the glass. After ranking 28th in the league in rebounding last season, Freeman should find minutes by collecting boards. He led the country with 12.9 rebounds per game, but he can also contribute on offense with high energy; last season, he tied the NCAA Divsion I single-season record for double-doubles (31). He is the first Zip to be drafted since 1987 and just the second to go in one of the first two rounds. — Lorenzo Reyes

No. 49 Indiana Pacers: Tristen Newton, Connecticut

The leader of the back-to-back national champion Huskies, Newton led UConn in nearly every statistical category, including points (15.1) and assists (6.2) per game. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and one of his strengths is driving to the basket. There are concerns about his age and outlook, but he continued to grow in every college season. — Jordan Mendoza

No. 48 San Antonio Spurs, Harrison Ingram, North Carolina

Ingram is an impact player and spot-up shooter, shooting 43% from the field and 38.5% from three. He nearly averaged a double-double last season, with a career-high 12.2 points and 8.8 rebounds. He was named third-team All-ACC team.— Cydney Henderson

No. 47 Orlando Magic, Antonio Reeves, Kentucky

This is a pick made with scoring and experience in mind. As a senior, Reeves averaged 20.2 points per game, but it wasn’t just his pure 3-point stroke. Reeves can score from different levels on the floor, though going 44.7% from beyond the arc should get him instant playing time. — Lorenzo Reyes

The Magic traded the No. 47 pick to the Pelicans, per ESPN.

No. 46 Los Angeles Clippers, Cam Christie, Minnesota

Lakers second-year player Max Christie is getting company in Los Angeles. His younger brother Cam Christie was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers. The younger Christie is a threat from beyond the arc, shooting 39.1%. He averaged 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists at Minnesota last season.— Cydney Henderson

No. 45 Sacramento Kings, Jamal Shead, Houston

The leader of a dominant run at Houston, Shead was a menace for one of the best defensive teams in Division I as he was named 2023-24 Naismith National Defensive Player of the Year. He will be able to handle most defensive assignments in the perimeter despite being just 6-foot. Shead dished the ball effectively on offense and can be a pass-first guard. — Jordan Mendoza

The Kings traded the No. 45 pick to the Raptors, per ESPN.

No. 44 Atlanta Hawks, Pelle Larsson, Arizona

The Atlanta Hawks selected Pelle Larsson out of Arizona with the No. 44 overall pick of the 2024 NBA draft. Last season, the Swedish basketball player averaged a career-high 12.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists, which led the Wildcats. — Cydney Henderson

The Hawks traded the No. 44 pick to the Heat for the No. 43 pick, which was the Hawks’ selection from an earlier trade with the Houston Rockets for AJ Griffin, per ESPN.

No. 43 Miami Heat, Nikola Đurišić, Serbia

He’s a candidate to be stashed in the G League, but Đurišić is a versatile wing who thrived as a playmaker, though his play most closely resembles something seen in a traditional 2-guard. He has pure shooting mechanics, but he will need to work on his defense at the next level. — Lorenzo Reyes

The Heat traded the No. 43 pick to the Hawks for the No. 44 pick, which was the Hawks’ selection from an earlier trade with the Houston Rockets for AJ Griffin, per ESPN.

No. 42 Charlotte Hornets, KJ Simpson, Colorado

NEW YORK — Simpson is a 6-0 guard who can score, rebound and pass. He averaged 19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists – just one of five Division I players to average at least 19-5-4 in 2023-24. He also shot 43.4% on 3-pointers and averaged 1.6 steals for the Buffaloes.— Jeff Zillgitt

No. 41 Philadelphia 76ers, Adem Bona, UCLA

A player all about hustle, Bona makes his presence known on the defensive end with his long, athletic frame, and he can bring explosiveness inside the paint on the offensive side. He was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and led the Bruins in blocks with 1.8 per game. He will give Philadelphia a true big to come off the bench for Joel Embiid and bring intensity to the second unit. Something he will need to develop in the pros is his discipline as he dealt with foul troubles throughout his two years at UCLA. — Jordan Mendoza

No. 40 Portland Trail Blazers, Osasere Ighodaro, Marquette

Ighodaro is a versatile big man that can score in a number of ways, averaging 13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season. And Portland is in desperate need of scoring. Portland, who finished with the third-worst record (21-61) in the league, was also second-to-last in field goal percentage (43.9%) last season.— Cydney Henderson

The Trailblazers traded Ighodaro to the Suns, per ESPN. Ighodaro is returning home — he’s from Mesa, Arizona, and attended high school in Phoenix.

No. 39 Memphis Grizzlies, Jaylen Wells, Washington State

The Grizzlies are joining the trend of taking athletic wings and stashing them. Wells led the Cougars in 3-point percentage last season at 41.7%, but he’s more than just a shooter. Wells chipped in on the glass, grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. — Lorenzo Reyes

No. 38 New York Knicks, Ajay Mitchell, UC-Santa Barbara

NEW YORK — Mitchell is an efficient offensive player – he averaged 20 points 50.4% shooting from the field, 39.3% on 3-pointers and 85.8% on free throws in 2023-24. The 6-3 guard also averaged 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He was the 2022-23 Big West player of the year. — Jeff Zillgitt

The Knicks traded this pick to Oklahoma City who will acquire Mitchell, per ESPN.

No. 37 Minnesota Timberwolves, Bobi Klintman, Sweden

Klintman played one season at Wake Forest before going to Australia to play for Cairns Taipans. He had a productive season in the Australian National Basketball League with 9.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Klintman can space the floor and he is excellent in transition. His defensive prowess is another plus. — Jordan Mendoza

No. 36 Indiana Pacers, Juan Núñez, Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)

Núñez has excellent court vision, is a great passer and a threat on the pick and roll. Núñez averaged 10.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists last season at Ratiopharm Ulm, a professional club in Germany, where he played with Pacome Dadiet, the 25th overall pick of the 2024 NBA draft.— Cydney Henderson

The Pacers traded Núñez to the Spurs for the No. 35 pick, per ESPN.

No. 35. San Antonio Spurs, Johnny Furphy, Kansas

Furphy, who played his junior basketball in Australia, runs the court well, finishes in transition and can knock down spot-up 3s. He was one of 21 players to receive an invite to the green room for the first round, but did not hear his name called. — Lorenzo Reyes

The Spurs traded Furphy to the Indiana Pacers for the No. 36 pick, per ESPN.

No. 34, Portland Trail Blazers, Tyler Kolek, Marquette

NEW YORK — A playmaker and scorer, especially off the dribble, Kolek sees the court well, operates with savvy in the pick-and-roll and is clever with his finishes at the rim. He had six double-doubles in points and assists this season. He averaged 15.3 points, 7.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals and shot 49.6% from the field and 38.8% on 3-pointers. — Jeff Zillgitt

The Trail Blazers will send Kolek to the Knicks for future second-round picks, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the deal was official.

No. 33 Milwaukee Bucks, Tyler Smith, G League Ignite

A versatile stretch-four that can shoot from just about anywhere on the court. He shot 36% from 3-point land last season, a big boost for a Bucks team that was a top 10 3-point shooting team. Smith started his professional career as a 16-year-old and opted to skip the final two years of high school. — Jordan Mendoza

No. 32 Utah Jazz, Kyle Filipowski, Duke

Filipowski averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks last season. Filipowski is a versatile low-post big who can pull up for a three or drive to the bucket. He will also add a defensive boost to the Jazz, who finished dead last in the league in defensive rating. Filipowski will team up with Lauri Markkanen, who Filipowski says he models his game after. — Cydney Henderson and Jeff Zillgitt

No. 31 Toronto Raptors, Jonathan Mogbo, San Francisco

The Raptors start the second round with some experience, taking Mogbo, a senior forward. Mogbo is a two-way player who is comfortable in transition with the ball in his hands and is a double-double machine. He averaged 14.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game last season, though he is not a 3-point threat. — Lorenzo Reyes

Bronny James is not among green room guests

NEW YORK — Bronny James was not among the 10 green room attendees, per the NBA. But that doesn’t mean Bronny is not at ESPN’s Seaport studio in lower Manhattan where the second round of the draft is taking place.

Duke’s Kyle Filipowski and Kansas’ Johnny Furphy, who were first-round green room attendees and not drafted on Wednesday, are not expected to attend the second round in person. — Jeff Zillgitt

The 10 green room players for the second round:

  • Adem Bona, UCLA
  • Cam Christie, Minnesota
  • Nikola Djurisic, Mega (Serbia)
  • Boogie Ellis, USC
  • Oso Ighodaro, Marquette
  • Harrison Ingram, North Carolina
  • Bobi Klintman, Cairns (Australia) Taipans
  • Juan Nunez, Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
  • KJ Simpson, Colorado
  • Jaylen Wells, Washington State

How to watch the NBA draft

The second round will be broadcast on ESPN.

When is the NBA draft?

The second round is Thursday at 4 p.m. ET

How to stream the NBA draft

The draft will be streamed on ESPN+, YouTube TV and fuboTV.

How many rounds are the NBA draft?

The draft has two rounds. The first was Wednesday, for picks No. 1-30. The second is Thursday, for picks No. 31-58.

What time does the draft start and when do teams pick?

The second round begins Thursday afternoon, at 4 p.m. ET. During the second round, each team will have four minutes to make its selection.

Where is the NBA draft?

The first round was at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The second round is at ESPN Seaport District Studio in Manhattan, N.Y.

How many picks are in the NBA draft?

The NBA draft usually has 60 picks. This year, there are 58 picks as the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers each forfeited a second-round pick for violating rules around free agency talks.

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Second-round trades in motion

The Atlanta Hawks have reached a deal to trade AJ Griffin to the Houston Rockets for the No. 44 pick in Thursday’s second round, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the deal was official.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will trade Wendell Moore Jr. to the Detroit Pistons for the No. 53 pick Thursday, The Athletic reported.

Oklahoma City plans to trade Lindy Waters III to Golden State for the No. 52 pick Thursday, a a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the deal was official. — Jeff Zillgitt

NBA second-round draft order

  • 31. Raptors(from Pistons via Knicks and Clippers)
  • 32. Jazz(from Wizards via Pistons and Nets)
  • 33. Bucks(from Blazers via Kings)
  • 34. Trail Blazers(from Hornets via Nuggets, Thunder and Pelicans)
  • 35. Spurs
  • 36. Pacers(from Raptors via 76ers, Clippers and Grizzlies)
  • 37. Timberwolves(from Grizzlies via Lakers, Wizards and Thunder)
  • 38. Knicks(from Jazz)
  • 39. Grizzlies(from Nets via Rockets)
  • 40. Trail Blazers(from Hawks)
  • 41. 76ers(from Bulls via Celtics, Spurs and Pelicans)
  • 42. Hornets(from Rockets via Thunder)
  • 43. Heat
  • 44. Rockets (from Warrios via Hawks) —traded to Hawks
  • 45. Kings
  • 46. Clippers(from Pacers via Grizzlies and Bucks)
  • 47. Magic
  • 48. Spurs(from Lakers via Grizzlies)
  • 49. Pacers(from Cavaliers)
  • 50. Pacers(from Pelicans)
  • 51. Wizards(from Suns) —traded to Knicks
  • 52. Warriors(from Bucks via Pacers) —traded to Oklahoma City
  • 53. Pistons(from Knicks via 76ers and Hornets) —traded to Timberwolves
  • 54. Celtics(from Mavericks via Kings)
  • 55. Lakers(from Clippers)
  • 56. Nuggets(from Timberwolves via Thunder) —traded to Suns
  • 57. Grizzlies(from Thunder via Rockets and Hawks)
  • 58. Mavericks(from Celtics via Hornets)

*Sunsand76erseach lost a 2024 draft second-round pick due to league penalty.

Projected landing spots for Bronny James

Outside of the lottery picks, the most intrigue of the NBA draft will be to see which team takes a flier on Bronny James.

With his medical concerns behind him, the 6-foot-2 James certainly isn’t the first prospect to have an underwhelming collegiate career and was drafted strictly on future potential.

For someone who averaged less than five points a game during his lone season at USC with scouts and executives split on his actual NBA skills, James’ name being attached to certain teams and working out for others could be a smokescreen to keep other teams from really evaluating him. It also may have something to do with his namesake’s future employer. Read more here. — Scooby Axson

LeBron makes emotional social media post about Bronny

Twenty-one years ago, LeBron James strode across the stage at the 2003 NBA draft in an oversized, all-white suit and shook the league commissioner’s hand while flashing a wide, radiant smile.

This week, one of his children might get to do the same.

Among the players hoping to hear their name called is Bronny James, the oldest son of the Los Angeles Lakers superstar, who is attempting to enter the NBA after one season at USC.

For his father, a four-time NBA MVP who is coming off his 21st season in the league, it’s a full-circle moment, with the elder James taking to social media Wednesday to express those feelings.

“Not a feeling in the (expletive) world better than being around raising my boys to MEN!” James wrote in a post on Instagram. “Pops over here getting emotional as hell just thinking about yall journey so far! Thank you both for allowing me to be your DAD and be apart of your compass through life’s trials and tribulations!” — Craig Meyer, USA TODAY NETWORK

NBA draft first-round highlights

Did you miss the first round Wednesday? Read our analysis of all 30 picks and catch up with these highlights:

NBA draft first-round picks

  • 1. Atlanta,Zaccharie Risacher (JL Bourg-en-Bresse)
  • 2. Washington,Alex Sarr (Perth)
  • 3. Houston,Reed Sheppard (Kentucky)
  • 4. San Antonio,Stephon Castle (Connecticut)
  • 5. Detroit,Ron Holland II (G League Ignite)
  • 6. Charlotte,Tidjane Salaun (Cholet Basket)
  • 7. Portland,Donovan Clingan (Connecticut)
  • 8. San Antonio,Rob Dillingham (Kentucky) — traded to Timberwolves
  • 9. Memphis,Zach Edey (Purdue)
  • 10. Utah,Cody Williams (Colorado)
  • 11. Chicago,Matas Buzelis (G League Ignite)
  • 12. Oklahoma City, Nikola Topic (KK Crvena Zvezda)
  • 13. Sacramento,Devin Carter (Providence)
  • 14. Portland, Carlton "Bub'' Carrington (Pittsburgh) — traded to Wizards
  • 15. Miami, Kel’el Ware (Indiana)
  • 16. Philadelphia, Jared McCain (Duke)
  • 17. L.A. Lakers,Dalton Knecht (Tennessee)
  • 18. Orlando, Tristan da Silva (Colorado)
  • 19. Toronto, Ja’Kobe Walter (Baylor)
  • 20. Cleveland, Jaylon Tyson (California)
  • 21. New Orleans, Yves Missi (Baylor)
  • 22. Phoenix, DaRon Holmes II (Dayton) — traded to Nuggets
  • 23. Milwaukee, AJ Johnson (Illawarra)
  • 24. New York, Kyshawn George (Miami) — traded to Wizards
  • 25. New York, Pacome Dadiet (Ratiopharm Ulm)
  • 26. Washington, Dillon Jones (Weber State) — traded to Thunder (via Knicks)
  • 27. Minnesota, Terrence Shannon Jr. (Illinois)
  • 28. Denver, Ryan Dunn (Virginia) — traded to Suns
  • 29. Utah, Isaiah Collier (USC)
  • 30. Boston, Baylor Scheierman (Creighton)

Opinion: Hawks don't need a savior in Risacher. They just need him to be good

ATLANTA — It would be difficult to have a strong opinion about Zaccharie Risacher, the NBA’s newly-minted No. 1 overall draft pick, unless JL Bourg of the LNB Élite league was somehow part of your basketball viewing menu last season. But there’s a reason that the people who actually get paid to pay attention to this stuff — and whose jobs depend on getting it right — have liked Risacher since he was 16 years old.

In the modern NBA, tall wings who can shoot from the perimeter and defend multiple positions are among the rarest commodities. Just ask the New York Knicks, who are about to pay OG Anunoby more than $200 million despite never averaging more than 17.1 points per game and just gave up a ransom of draft picks for Mikal Bridges. Read Dan Wolken's column.

Opinion: Knicks taking big swings. Risk is worth it

NEW YORK – The day before the first round of Wednesday’sNBA draftand just hours before the draft began, theNew York Knicksdominated the league’s headlines.

On Tuesday, the Knicks acquiredMikal Bridges from the Brooklyn Nets, and the following day, they reached a five-year, $212 million deal withOG Anunoby, their own free agent, to remain with New York.

The opening of NBA free agency is Sunday, and the Knicks’ front office, led by former player-agent Leon Rose, sent a message: the Knicks are going for it. They see a window to play for an NBA championship, and they’re taking a big-league swing. That should be commended. Read Jeff Zillgitt's column.

NBA draft winners and losers

BROOKLYN, N.Y. —The first roundof the 2024NBA draftwrapped up late Wednesday night, and though there's still one more round — comprising 28 selections — left, it's not too early to break down the implications from the night.

The biggest winner, arguably, wasn't a team or player or executive, but a country. France has had an unprecedented run of success in getting players drafted in the first round. No team made more selections than the Washington Wizards, who came into the night with two but aggressively added another in the middle of the round, and now they appear to have infused talent onto a roster that badly needed it. Read our winners and losers from the first round of the 2024 NBA draft here.

Three biggest surprise picks from first round

NEW YORK — The first round of the2024 NBA draftproduced expected results − a pair of French players inZaccharie RisacherandAlex Sarr, for example, were selected in the first two picks.

But the first round also yielded picks that were total surprises, ones that drew audible reactions from the crowd in attendance at the Barclays Center after Commissioner Adam Silver read off their names.

Whether it was teams in win-now mode drafting prospects who are projects, or players seemingly taken too high, here are the three biggest surprise picks from the first round of the 2024 NBA draft. Read story. — Lorenzo Reyes

Historic draft for France

It’s been a big day for France with one of its most successful drafts in NBA history.

With Zaccharie Risacher and Alex Sarr the first two picks in the draft, it’s the first time two Frenchmen went 1-2 in the NBA draft.

On top of that, with Tidjane Salaun taken sixth overall, it’s the first time three Frenchmen were selected in the top 10. It’s also the first time a country other than the U.S. has had three players drafted in the top 10. — Jordan Mendoza

ESPN cameras show incorrect player when displaying graphic

Dalton Knecht is at the 2024 NBA draft with his family and Tennessee coach Rick Barnes as he waits to live out a childhood dream of hearing his name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. But for a brief second ESPN's broadcast showed someone other than the Vols forward — the second production error for the network this week after missing the Florida Panthers hoist the Stanley Cup on Monday.

During the introduction of players at the 2024 NBA draft at the Barclays Center on Wednesday, ESPN broadcast a lower-third graphic with Knecht's name. However, the camera was trained on French forward Tidjane Salaun instead of Knecht. Salaun would go No. 6 overall to the Charlotte Hornets. — John Leuzzi, USA TODAY NETWORK

Donovan Clingan honors mom at draft

Donovan Clingan has dedicated his basketball career to his mother, and he made sure to have a piece of her with him when he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. Inside of his suit jacket he has pictures of his family, and on the other side are pictures of him and his mom.

Clingan’s mother, Stacey Clingan, died of breast cancer in 2018. — Jordan Mendoza

2024 NBA draft: Bronny James joins LeBron with Lakers as father-son duo makes history (5)

Teams with most, fewest picks in 2024 NBA draft

The Spurs and Trail Blazers are tied for most picks in the 2024 NBA draft with four picks each.

  • Spurs picks: 4, 8 35, 48
  • Trail Blazers picks: 7, 14, 34, 40

The Brooklyn Nets have the fewest picks in this year's draft as the only team with zero selections.

NBA draft eligibility requirements

Can anybody enter the draft? Here are the rules of eligibility for the NBA draft.

Age: The NBA's collective bargaining agreement says that all players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft.

One-and-done rule: The collective bargaining agreement says that "at least one (1) NBA Season has elapsed since the player’s graduation from high school (or, if the player did not graduate from high school, since the graduation of the class with which the player would have graduated had he graduated from high school)" in order for a player to be eligible for the NBA draft.

International players: According to the collective bargaining agreement, an international player is defined as one "(i) who has maintained a permanent residence outside of the United States for at least the three (3) years prior to the Draft, while participating in the game of basketball as an amateur or as a professional outside of the United States; (ii) who has never previously enrolled in a college or university in the United States; and (iii) who did not complete high school in the United States."

Draft limits: A player seeking to be a part of the NBA can only enter two drafts. A player also cannot join the NBA unless he has met the eligibility requirements for the draft.

No. 1 NBA draft picks

Here are the No. 1 picks this century.

  • 2024: Zaccharie Risacher (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 2023: Victor Wembanyama (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 2022: Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic)
  • 2021: Cade Cunningham (Detroit Pistons)
  • 2020: Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 2019: Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • 2018: Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)
  • 2017: Markelle Fultz (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 2016: Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 2015: Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 2014: Andrew Wiggins (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 2013: Anthony Bennett (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 2012: Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets)
  • 2011: Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 2010: John Wall (Washington Wizards)
  • 2009: Blake Griffin (LA Clippers)
  • 2008: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
  • 2007: Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 2006: Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors)
  • 2005: Andrew Bogut (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 2004: Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic)
  • 2003: LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 2002: Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)
  • 2001: Kwame Brown (Washington Wizards)
  • 2000: Kenyon Martin (New Jersey Nets)

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2024 NBA draft: Bronny James joins LeBron with Lakers as father-son duo makes history (2024)

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2024 NBA draft: Bronny James joins LeBron with Lakers as father-son duo makes history? ›

The Los Angeles Lakers select Bronny James with the 55th overall pick in the 2nd round of the 2024 NBA Draft. LeBron James can become teammates next season with his oldest son, Bronny, a dreamy development made possible by many collective efforts.

Will Bronny be drafted in 2024? ›

Bronny James was drafted by the Lakers with the 55th pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

What team is most likely to draft Bronny James? ›

Bronny only worked out with two teams ahead of the draft — the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns. Despite the rumors, the Lakers are currently huge favorites to draft Bronny.

Who drafted Bronny James today? ›

Ricardo Sandoval | Jun 29, 2024

One of the worst-kept secrets in NBA draft history came to life Thursday when the Los Angeles Lakers selected one-and-done USC Trojans guard Bronny James, son of superstar forward LeBron James, with the No. 55 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.

Do both of LeBron's kids play basketball? ›

Like his father and older brother before him, Bryce Maximus James, the second of the James kids, is a basketball player. The 11th grader currently plays for the boys' basketball team at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California, the same team his brother Bronny played for and which their father sponsors.

Will Bronny play in the NBA? ›

There's another James — officially — in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers selected Bronny James, the son of icon and all-time leading scorer LeBron James, with the No. 55 overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday.

Who has the 55th pick in the NBA draft? ›

Lakers select Bronny James with 55th pick; 2024 NBA Draft winners & losers; USMNT takes a bad loss - CBSSports.com.

What year will Bryce James be drafted? ›

Bryce, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California, will be draft eligible in 2026.

How much will Bronny James make with the Lakers? ›

What is Bronny James' contract? Bronny James might land a salary floor deal that's worth $1.2 million, according to Sporting News. Bronny was the 55th pick in the second round of the draft.

What pick was LeBron James? ›

1 overall pick. LeBron James' career as a Cavalier officially started Thursday night as the overall No. 1 pick. Just call it Jamestown: The city of Cleveland is already in a frenzy over its hometown hero LeBron James.

What team is Bronny James joining? ›

From father and son to teammates -- Bronny James is officially in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday drafted James with the No. 55 overall pick during the second round, teaming him up with his father, LeBron.

Did Bronny James get signed? ›

The Athletic reported Bronny James is signing a multiyear contract and will start his career on the Lakers' roster. LeBron James attended the press conference with his arms folded, standing far clear of cameras, with the Lakers awaiting his next move.

Who is Bronny James teammate? ›

LeBron James' son was taken with the 55th overall pick to play alongside him with the Lakers, and Bronny's USC teammate Isaiah Collier — and now a member of the Jazz — gave a vote of confidence regarding the younger James' NBA prospects.

Who's better, Bryce or Bronny? ›

Bryce James scouting report

ESPN has him as the No. 22 player in the state of California and outside of their top 100 nationally. Bronny was hovering around the top 50 nationally-ranked prospects as a junior, so Bryce is a little behind him at the same stage. However, Bryce is a good prospect in his own right.

Will LeBron ever play with his son? ›

Los Angeles Lakers draft Bronny James, who will play with dad LeBron James. The Los Angeles team selected Bronny James as the No. 55 pick in the 2024 draft. It's official: Bronny James and LeBron James will become the first-ever father-son duo to play at the same time in the NBA — and they will be on the same team.

Who is the oldest player in the NBA? ›

The oldest active player is LeBron James, who is currently 39 years, 185 days old. The youngest active player in the NBA is Toronto Raptors forward Ulrich Chomche, the 57th overall pick in the 2024 NBA draft, who was born on December 30, 2005. LeBron James is currently the oldest active NBA player in the league.

Who is the number one prospect in the 2024 draft? ›

The No. 1 overall pick in 2024, Zaccharie Risacher says he feels 'no pressure' to live up to high expectations.

Who is the top prospect for the 2024 NBA Draft? ›

2024 NBA draft: Top Prospects entering First Round
  • Zaccharie Risacher, JL Bourg (France)
  • Alex Sarr, Perth (Australia) Wildcats.
  • Reed Sheppard, Kentucky.
  • Matas Buzelis, G League Ignite.
  • Cody Williams, Colorado.
  • Donovan Clingan, UConn.
  • Stephon Castle, UConn.
  • Rob Dillingham, Kentucky.
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How many points does Bronny average? ›

Fantasy Men's Basketball

James proceeded to average 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 19.4 minutes across 25 appearances (six starts). James' standout traits are his defense, athleticism and playmaking, though he doesn't shoot well from distance and isn't a true point guard.

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