Lakers Select Bronny James in the Second Round of the 2024 NBA Draft

Lebron "Bronny" James Jr with Sierra Canyon in 2021
Lebron "Bronny" James Jr with Sierra Canyon in 2021. Photo by Cassy Athena/London Entertainment/Shutterstock (12072771u)

The Los Angeles Lakers have made the expected move with their 55th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. They used it on Bronny James, the son of the franchise’s superstar LeBron James.

If they step on the floor together in 2024-25, Bronny James and LeBron James will become the first father and son duo to play in the NBA at the same time. 

“NBA history could be made next season and should be made in a Lakers uniform,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said after making the pick.

Bronny James had an unusual path to the NBA. He came out of high school as a four-star recruit and committed to the USC Trojans. But before playing his first college game, Bronny suffered a cardiac arrest with his future in basketball being briefly doubted. Fortunately, he recovered and made his USC debut midway through the 2023 season.

Bronny’s time at USC was disappointing, to say the least, as he averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 36% from the floor. After wrapping up his freshman year, Bronny entered the transfer portal while also entering the NBA Draft.

Following a promising showing at the NBA Combine and the Lakers’ interest in drafting him, Bronny decided to stay in the draft. It turned out to be a great move, as he will now suit up alongside his father for the most-storied franchise in NBA.