Who is the Youngest NBA Player in History?

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Andrew Bynum was the youngest player to appear in a NBA game.
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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Sep 09, 2022, 10:45 AM

They say the NBA is a man’s game. That may be true to an extent, but the reality is several players have and will continue to enter the league while still in their teenage years, as the days of top prospects spending multiple seasons in college appear all but over.

Star young players can drastically change their teams’ NBA championship odds.

Who’s the Youngest NBA Player in History?

Andrew Bynum.

Born October 27, 1987, Bynum made his NBA regular season debut on November 2, 2005, while a member of the Los Angeles Lakers – six days after turning 18 years old. He played six minutes, failing to score, but did record two rebounds and two blocks.

10 Youngest Players in NBA History

Player Position Birth Date Regular Season Debut Age of Debut
Andrew Bynum C October 27, 1987 November 2, 2005 18 Years, Six Days
Jermaine O’Neal F/C October 13, 1978 December 5, 1996 18 Years, 53 Days
Jim Browne C October 3, 1930 November 30, 1948 18 Years, 58 Days
Kobe Bryant G August 23, 1978 November 3, 1996 18 Years, 72 Days
Darko Milicic C June 20, 1985 October 31, 2003 18 Years, 133 Days
Stan Brown F June 27, 1929 November 13, 1947 18 Years, 139 Days
Bill Willoughby F/C May 20, 1957 October 23, 1975 18 Years, 156 Days
Tracy McGrady G/F May 24, 1979 October 31, 1997 18 Years, 160 Days
Yaroslav Korolev F May 7, 1987 November 4, 2005 18 Years, 181 Days
Andris Biedrins C April 2, 1986 November 5, 2004 18 Years, 217 Days

 

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