Youngest NBA Player Ever Drafted In The World Exclusive List

Youngest NBA Player Ever Drafted In The World Exclusive List

Andrew Bynum is the NBA youngest player ever to get drafted, debuting six days after his 18th birthday. The NBA’s youngest active player is Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren, the 13th overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft, who is currently 18 years old and was born on Nov 18, 2003.

This is an exclusive list of the youngest NBA players ever drafted in history. It doesn’t get much tougher for young players than competing against the best basketball players in the world. Every year, a few young players enter the NBA. But do you know who is the youngest player ever draafted in the NBA history? And how does a player’s age compare to the youngest player ever to make his NBA debut? Here are the youngest players ever drafted in league history:

1. Andrew Bynum- 18 years, 6 days

Andrew Bynum youngest NBA player to get drafted ever- 18 years, 6 days

Andrew Bynum is an American former professional basketball player who was drafted by the Lakers with the 10th pick in the 2005 NBA draught. At the age of 18 years and 6 days, Andrew Bynum became the NBA’s youngest player ever to get drafted in the 2005-06 season. Bynum finished the majority of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Andrew Bynum Career NBA statistics:

Points- 4,822 (11.5 PPG)
Rebounds- 3,221 (7.7 RPG)
Blocks -657 (1.6 BPG)


2005–2012 – Los Angeles Lakers
2013–2014 -Cleveland Cavaliers
2014 – Indiana Pacers

Playing Career – 2005 to 2014

2. Jermaine O’Neal- 18 years, 53 days

Jermaine O’Neal youngest NBA player to get drafted ever- 18 years, 53 days

Jermaine O’Neal is a former professional basketball player from the United States who was drafted into the NBA at the age of 18 years and 53 days. He was the 17th pick in the 1996 NBA draught by the Portland Trail Blazers. The center-power forward had a successful high school career and declared his NBA draught eligibility straight out of high school in 1996.


Points- 13,309 (13.2 PPG)
Rebounds- 7,261 (7.2 RPG)
Blocks- 1,820 (1.8 BPG)


1996–2000- Portland Trail Blazers
2000–2008- Indiana Pacers
2008–2009- Toronto Raptors
2009–2010- Miami Heat
2010–2012- Boston Celtics
2012–2013- Phoenix Suns
2013–2014- Golden State Warriors

Playing Career: 1996 to 2014

3. Kobe Bryant- 18 years, 72 days

Kobe Bryant was drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft at the age of 18 years, 72 days

Kobe Bryant was the greatest American basketball player of all time. He was drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft at the age of 18 years, 72 days before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on draught night. After reaching an agreement, the Lakers told the Hornets who to pick just minutes before the pick. Kobe was a shooting guard for the LA Lakers in the NBA for his entire 20-year career. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, having won five NBA championships, being an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA Team member, a 12-time All-Defensive Team member, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a two-time NBA Finals MVP.

Kobe Bryant’s Career NBA Statistics:

Points- 33,643 (25.0 PPG)
Rebounds- 7,047 (5.2 RPG)
Assists- 6,306 (4.7 APG)


1996–2016 (Los Angeles Lakers)

4. Darko Milicic- 18 years, 133 days

Darko Milicic- 18 years, 133 days

Darko Milicic is an ex-basketball player from Serbia. He stood 2.13 meters tall and played center. The Detroit Pistons had plenty of talent to choose from in the 2003 NBA Draft pool, but he was drafted at the age of 18 years and 133 days in 2003 (Round: 1 / Pick: 2) and became the youngest NBA player ever from 2003 to 2013.


Points- 2,813 (6 PPG)
Rebounds- 1,971  (4.2 RPG)
Blocks- 613 (1.3 BPG)


2001–2003- Hemofarm
2003–2006- Detroit Pistons
2006–2007- Orlando Magic
2007–2009- Memphis Grizzlies
2009–2010- New York Knicks
2010–2012- Minnesota Timberwolves
2012- Boston Celtics
2019–2020- I Came to Play

Playing Career: 2001–2012, 2019 to 2020

5. Bill Willoughby- 18 years, 156 days

Bill Willoughby- 18 years, 156 days

Bill Willoughby is a retired American basketball player who was born in Englewood. After graduating from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1975 NBA draught as the first pick in the second round (19th overall), making him the fifth youngest player ever to play in an NBA game.


Points- 2,930 (6.0 PPG)
Rebounds- 1,891 (3.9 RPG)
Assists- 413 (0.8 APG)


1975–1977 – (Atlanta Hawks)
1977–1978 – (Buffalo Braves)
1979–1980 – (Cleveland Cavaliers)
1980–1982 – (Houston Rockets)
1982–1983 – (San Antonio Spurs)
1983–1984 – (New Jersey Nets)

Playing Career: 1975–1984

6. Tracy McGrady- 18 years, 160 days

Tracy McGrady NBA

Tracy McGrady is a well-known American former professional basketball player best known for his NBA career. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, two-time NBA scoring champion, and the 2001 NBA Most Improved Player Award winner. Tracy McGrady was selected ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 1997 NBA draught at the age of 18 years and 160 days, making him one of the youngest NBA players ever drafted.


Points- 18,381 (19.6 PPG)
Rebounds- 5,276 (5.6 RPG)
Assists- 4,161 (4.4 APG)


1997–2000- Toronto Raptors
2000–2004- Orlando Magic
2004–2010- Houston Rockets
2010- New York Knicks
2010–2011- Detroit Pistons
2011–2012- Atlanta Hawks
2012–2013- Qingdao Eagles
2013- San Antonio Spurs

Playing Career: 1997 to 2013

7. Yaroslav Korolev- 18 years, 181 days

Yaroslav Korolev- 18 years, 181 days

Yaroslav Korolev was the youngest NBA player to be drafted, being selected 12th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2005 NBA Draft at the age of 18 years, 181 days.


2003–2004- Avtodor Saratov
2004–2005- CSKA Moscow
2005–2007- Los Angeles Clippers
2007–2009- Dynamo Moscow
2009–2010- Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2010- Reno Bighorns
2010–2011- CB Granada
2011–2012- Gipuzkoa BC
2012–2014- Spartak Saint Petersburg
2014–2015- Panionios
2015- Rethymno Cretan Kings
2016- Navarra

Playing Career: 2003 to 2016

8. Andris Biedrins- 18 years, 217 days

Andris Biedrins NBA

Andris Biedrins is a former professional basketball player from Latvia. He became the youngest NBA player to be drafted at the age of 18 years, 217 days when the Golden State Warriors selected him with the 11th overall pick in the 2004 NBA draught.


2002–2004- BK Skonto
2004–2013- Golden State Warriors
2013–2014- Utah Jazz

Playing Career: 2002 to 2014

9. C. J. Miles- 18 years, 241 days

C. J. Miles- 18 years, 241 days

CJ Miles was the best basketball player for the NBA G League Ignite of the NBA G League at the age of 18 years, 241 days. After graduating from high school, CJ Miles was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the second round (pick 34) in 2005. In six of his 15 NBA seasons, he averaged 10.0 points, including four straight double-digit scoring seasons from 2014-15 to 2017-18.


2005–2012- Utah Jazz
2006- Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2007- Idaho Stampede
2012–2014- Cleveland Cavaliers
2014–2017- Indiana Pacers
2017–2019- Toronto Raptors
2019- Memphis Grizzlies
2019–2020- Washington Wizards
2021- NBA G League Ignite
2021- Boston Celtics
2022–present- NBA G League Ignite

Playing Career – 2005 to Present

10. Amir Johnson- 18 years, 268 days

Amir Johnson- 18 years, 268 days

Amir Johnson is the NBA’s youngest drafter, having last played for the NBA G League Ignite of the NBA G League. Before that, he played for the Detroit Pistons, who drafted him in the second round of the 2005 NBA draught at the age of 18 years, 268 days. He is one of the final players to be drafted directly out of high school into the NBA.


2005–2009- Detroit Pistons
2006- Fayetteville Patriots
2007- Sioux Falls Skyforce
2009–2015- Toronto Raptors
2015–2017- Boston Celtics
2017–2019- Philadelphia 76ers
2019- Delaware Blue Coats
2020–2022- NBA G League Ignite

Playing Career: 2005 to present

Exclusive List Of Youngest NBA players Drafted In The World

PlayerPlaying PositionDate of BirthFirst gameDrafted AgeDraft year & (pick)
Andrew BynumCenterOct 27, 1987Nov 2, 200518 years, 6 days2005 (10th)
Jermaine O’NealF/COct 13, 1978Dec 5, 199618 years, 53 days1996 (17th)
Jim BrowneCenterOct 3, 1930Nov 30, 194818 years, 58 daysUndrafted
Kobe BryantGuardAug 23, 1978Nov 3, 199618 years, 72 days1996 (13th)
Darko MilicicCenterJun 20, 1985Oct 31, 200318 years, 133 days2003 (2nd)
Stan BrownForwardJun 27, 1929Nov 13, 194718 years, 139 daysUndrafted
Bill WilloughbyF/CMay 20, 1957Oct 23, 197518 years, 156 days1975 (19th)
Tracy McGradyG/FMay 24, 1979Oct 31, 199718 years, 160 days1997 (9th)
Yaroslav KorolevForwardMay 7, 1987Nov 4, 200518 years, 181 days2005 (12th)
Andris BiedrinsCenterApr 2, 1986Nov 5, 200418 years, 217 days2004 (11th)
C. J. MilesG/FMar 18, 1987Nov 14, 200518 years, 241 days2005 (34th)
Amir JohnsonForwardMay 1, 1987Jan 24, 200618 years, 268 days2005 (56th)
Darryl DawkinsCenterJan 11, 1957Oct 27, 197518 years, 289 days1975 (5th)
Joe GraboskiF/CJan 15, 1930Nov 6, 194818 years, 296 daysUndrafted
Joshua PrimoGDec 24, 2002Oct 20, 202118 years, 300 days2021 (12th)
LeBron JamesForwardDec 30, 1984Oct 29, 200318 years, 303 days2003 (1st)
Jonathan BenderForwardJan 30, 1981Dec 10, 199918 years, 314 days1999 (5th)
Giannis AntetokounmpoG/FDec 6, 1994Oct 30, 201318 years, 318 days2013 (15th)
Eddy CurryCenterDec 5, 1982Oct 31, 200118 years, 330 days2001 (4th)
Dwight HowardCenterDec 8, 1985Nov 3, 200418 years, 331 days2004 (1st)
Josh SmithForwardDec 5, 1985Nov 3, 200418 years, 334 days2004 (17th)
Sekou DoumbouyaForwardDec 23, 2000Nov 23, 201918 years, 335 days2019 (15th)
Martell WebsterG/FDec 4, 1986Nov 4, 200518 years, 335 days2005 (6th)
Robert SwiftCenterDec 3, 1985Nov 3, 200418 years, 336 days2004 (12th)
Dragan BenderF/CNov 17, 1997Oct 26, 201618 years, 344 days2016 (4th)
Maciej LampeForwardFeb 5, 1985Jan 23, 200418 years, 352 days2003 (30th)
Al HarringtonForwardFeb 17, 1980Feb 5, 199918 years, 353 days1998 (25th)
Devin BookerGuardOct 30, 1996Oct 28, 201518 years, 363 days2015 (13th)
youngest NBA player ever

Who Is The Youngest Nba Player Right Now?

Jalen Duren - youngest player in the NBA

Jalen Duren is the NBA’s youngest player this season (2022-23). Jalen Duren made his NBA debut at the age of 18 years, 287 days after being drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 13th overall pick in the 2022 draught. Here’s a look at the list of the youngest NBA players expected to play in the 2022-2023 season, organized by birthday:

The current Youngest player in the NBAPlaying PositionDate of BirthAgeCurrent TeamDrafted year & pick
Jalen DurenCenterNov 18, 200318 years, 287 daysDetroit Pistons2022 (13th)
Trevor KeelsGuardAug 26, 200319 years, 6 daysNew York Knicks2022 (42nd)
AJ GriffinForwardAug 25, 200319 years, 7 daysAtlanta Hawks2022 (16th)
Nikola JovicG/FJun 9, 200319 years, 84 daysMiami Heat2022 (27th)
Shaedon SharpeGuardMay 30, 200319 years, 94 daysPortland Trail Blazers2022 (7th)
Ousmane DiengG/FMay 21, 200319 years, 103 daysOklahoma City Thunder 2022 (11th)
Jeremy SochanForwardMay 20, 200319 years, 104 daysSan Antonio Spurs 2022 (9th)
Jabari Smith Jr.ForwardMay 13, 200319 years, 111 daysHouston Rockets2022 (3rd)
Malaki BranhamG/FMay 12, 200319 years, 112 daysSan Antonio Spurs2022 (20th)
Kendall BrownG/FMay 11, 200319 years, 113 daysIndiana Pacers2022 (48th)
Dyson DanielsG/FMar 17, 200319 years, 168 daysNew Orleans Pelicans2022 (8th)
Blake WesleyGuardMar 16, 200319 years, 169 daysSan Antonio Spurs2022 (25th)
Max ChristieGuardFeb 10, 200319 years, 203 daysLos Angeles Lakers2022 (35th)
Caleb HoustanG/FJan 9, 200319 years, 235 daysOrlando Magic2022 (32nd)
Joshua PrimoGuardDec 24, 200219 years, 251 daysSan Antonio Spurs2021 (12th)
Josh MinottForwardNov 25, 200219 years, 280 daysMinnesota Timberwolves2022 (45th)
Patrick Baldwin Jr.ForwardNov 18, 200219 years, 287 daysGolden State Warriors2022 (28th)
Paolo BancheroForwardNov 12, 200219 years, 293 daysOrlando Magic2022 (1st)
Bryce McGowensGuardNov 8, 200219 years, 297 daysCharlotte Hornets2022 (40th)
Josh GiddeyGuardOct10, 200219 years, 326 daysOklahoma City Thunder2021 (6th)
Youngest Players In The NBA 2022-2023 Season

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