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USC Trojans guard Bronny James controls the ball against the Washington State Cougars in the first half at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum. The Lakers are the favorites to draft Bronny by the 2024 NBA Draft Odds.
USC Trojans guard Bronny James controls the ball against the Washington State Cougars in the first half at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum. Photo by James Snook/USA TODAY Sports via Imagn.

We're looking at the 2024 NBA Draft odds across our best NBA betting sites with the Los Angeles Lakers the favorites to select Bronny James.

The 2024 NBA Draft's first round is in the books, and for as unpredictable as it was expected to be, it was quite chalky.

The Atlanta Hawks drafted France's Zaccharie Risacher No. 1, and his odds were as short as -430 to go there leading up to the draft. Following him were France's Alex Sarr, Kentucky's Reed Sheppard, and UConn's Stephon Castle, all of whom were projected by draftniks to go to the teams that selected them.

While there were some noteworthy surprises - Donovan Clingan not going top six, Zach Edey being drafted No. 9 to the Memphis Grizzlies, Dalton Knecht falling to the Lakers at No. 17 - the talent level in the class wasn't good enough to lead to many hot takes.

One hot take throughout the process was that LeBron James' son would be drafted on the first night. He was even being bet to go No. 1 by casual bettors across our best sportsbooks.

Instead, he didn't go in the top 30 and remains the most well-known prospect on the board as the second round gets started today at 4 p.m. ET (ESPN) from ESPN's studio in lower Manhattan. The Bronny James draft odds are driving the discourse entering Day 2 of the draft.

So as the final 30 picks are made, will James be selected, and could he realistically be a useful player to an NBA championship odds contender?

NBA draft odds 2024: Which team will draft Bronny James?

NBA draft odds from our best sports betting sites as of June 27

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Bronny James is an enigma. There was once a time when many thought he would develop into a lottery pick, but a lackluster season at USC has resulted in his draft stock being all over the place. James averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists during his lone season with the Trojans. 

So, will James be selected before the Lakers pick at 55? It's tough to say, as his draft position Over/Under is set at 54.5 at our best sportsbooks for reason. Who would be willing to take him that early? And would his father join him?

The LeBron James next team odds are pegging the Lakers as the clear favorite to retain the NBA superstar. But L.A.'s only pick left is at 55.

These odds suggest the Lakers will still find a way to draft the son of their superstar. The -390 odds represent an implied probability of 79.59% that the Lakers select him, with a $10 winning bet paying a $2.56 profit.

The Phoenix Suns have also been a riser lately to draft James. A recent report noted that James was offered workouts with 10 NBA teams, but he declined each one except for sessions with the Lakers and Suns. The development coincides with a rumor of Phoenix hoping to land LeBron James.

Agent Rich Paul recently said working out for just those teams was part of the plan. But Paul also said LeBron and Bronny aren't a package deal. 

"LeBron is off this idea of having to play with Bronny," Paul told ESPN. "If he does, he does. But if he doesn't, he doesn't. There's no deal made that it's guaranteed that if the Lakers draft Bronny at 55, he (LeBron) will re-sign. If that was the case, I would force them to take him at 17. We don't need leverage. The Lakers can draft Bronny, and LeBron doesn't re-sign. LeBron is also not going to Phoenix for a minimum deal. We can squash that now."

Past NBA draft 1st overall picks

YearPickPositionSchool/Former Club
2023Victor WembanyamaC/FMetropolitans 92 (France)
2022Paolo BancheroFDuke
2021Cade CunninghamGOklahoma State
2020Anthony EdwardsGGeorgia
2019Zion WilliamsonFDuke
2018Deandre AytonCArizona
2017Markelle FultzGWashington
2016Ben SimmonsG/FLSU
2015Karl-Anthony TownsC/FKentucky
2014Andrew WigginsG/FKansas

NBA draft FAQs

Who was the favorite to go first overall in the 2024 NBA Draft?

France's Zaccharie Risacher was the favorites to be selected No. 1 in the 2024 NBA Draft. Risacher's shortest odds are -430, which imply a 81.13% probability he'll go No. 1. The Hawks surprised nobody when they took him first.

When is the NBA draft?

The 2024 NBA Draft will take place June 26-27.

Where is the NBA draft?

The first round of the NBA draft on Wednesday, June 26, was held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Thursday's second round will be held at ESPN's Seaport District Studios in New York.

Who had the first pick in the NBA draft?

The Atlanta Hawks hold the first pick of the NBA draft after winning the NBA draft lottery. They selected Risacher with it.

When do the Lakers pick?

The Los Angeles Lakers hold the the 55th overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. They also had the 17th pick, which they used on Tennessee's Dalton Knecht.

Where will Bronny James get drafted?

James, the son of LeBron James has been projected to fall as far as the end of second round, though the potential to lure his father as a package deal could bump him into the first round. His draft position Over/Under is set at 54.5 at our best sports betting apps.

Here are our best NBA betting sites:

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