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Bronny James NBA Draft Odds: Which Team Will Unite LeBron with his Son?




As the 2024 NBA Draft draws near, Bronny James odds are garnering more and more attention at sportsbooks.

While a highly nebulous and shallow class is clouding the overall draft picture, the NBA odds are going to get interesting further down the draft board. 

James — you might know of his dad, LeBron — has spawned a chase to secure his rights among teams interested in LeBron's services, despite wide claims by scouts that Bronny himself is a fringe NBA talent.

As potential suitors position themselves to reach for the junior James — what perfect drama for the Association's inaugural two-night draft event — let's take a look at Bronny James NBA draft odds. 

Odds to select Bronny James in the 2024 NBA Draft

Bronny James is sure to be a hot target for teams hoping to either lure his father away from the Lakers, or command a healthy return in a trade as Bron Sr. angles to play the twilight of his career with his son. 

With Bronny declaring for the Draft on Friday, books re-launched a market that had been dormant for a few months — which team will draft Bronny — and more are surely on the way.

Team DraftKings FanDuel
Lakers Los Angeles Lakers +160 +150
Suns Phoenix Suns +800 +850
76ers Philadelphia 76ers +1,000 +1,600
Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder +1,000 +2,200
Cavs Cleveland Cavaliers +1,000 +1,600
Jazz Utah Jazz +1,200 +1,600
Spurs San Antonio Spurs +1,200 +4,000
Knicks New York Knicks +1,200 +2,000
Clippers Los Angeles Clippers +1,500 +2,500
Heat Miami Heat +1,600 +2,200

Odds as of 6-7-2024.

Bronny James NBA Draft analysis

Surprising nobody, Bronny James declared for the 2024 NBA Draft in April, and is expected to remain in the player pool, despite widespread skepticism from scouts. 

Of course, that whole angle can be overlooked, since James’ draft stock is likely less tied to his actual NBA-level ability than any prospect in league History.

You may be aware that Bronny’s dad (LeBron James) is entering the twilight of one of professional sports’ most accomplished careers, and has expressed a very public desire to finish his career playing with his son. 

This Ken Griffey-esque dynamic introduces all sorts of interesting scenarios  — and ensuing props markets — for 2024’s NBA Draft odds. How likely are the Los Angeles Lakers, or perhaps some other team with their eye on luring LeBron, to reach for Bronny to endear themselves to a legend?

The Los Angeles Lakers (+180 at DraftKings) are the favorites to land Bronny. After all, they currently have LeBron under contract, with his player option for 2024-25 conveniently set to trigger two days after this year’s draft. With the most direct incentive, you can count on the Lakers being the most willing to reach on Draft night. They’ll possibly be sending this year’s first-rounder to New Orleans, pending the Pelicans' right to defer, and will know their fate on June 1 at the latest.

It also makes sense narrative-wise for LeBron, who’s now as much a media mogul and businessman as he is a basketball player, to remain in L.A., and drafting Bronny would make it next to impossible for him to walk away.

But what if another franchise feels like swiping Bronny in an attempt to lure LeBron?

The Philadelphia 76ers (+1,800 at FanDuel) are about to have more cap room than a size 8-1/8 at Lidz, and could snare Bronny in the late first round, able to absorb LeBron’s incoming salary. The 76ers can also offer a pairing alongside 2023 MVP Joel Embiid and ascendent Tyrese Maxey, forming a core that would compete for a title if healthy.

Books also point to the New York Knicks (+1,800 at FanDuel), a far more competent franchise than when LeBron ignored their much-trumpeted overtures in 2010. While New York did just land OG Anunoby as their presumptive small forward of the future, the opportunity to finally market LeBron under MSG’s bright lights might be too much for their media vacuum to ignore.

There's already been movement since the Draft Lottery, with the Utah Jazz emerging as a contender as well (although it's tough to see LeBron following his son to a rebuilding project in a small market with low-key-racist fanbase).

An emerging angle has been that of the Phoenix Suns (+850 at FanDuel), rising up odds boards to become the second favorite. The Suns just flamed out in the first round after their maligned big three spent little time on the court together in 2023-24. With serious depth and defense issues, the Suns have stripped themselves of pretty much all tradeable assets, leaving a desperate ploy for Bronny & LeBron as a possible desperate measure. 

The Lakers’ swift playoff dismissal and LeBron's ensuing "it's about family" presser comments could be read into, coming from the often-cryptic megastar, although he's kept fairly quiet on his overt intentions. But one thing’s for sure: Bronny’s presence, especially in a weak 2024 draft class, presents a catalyst unlike we’ve ever seen.

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