Youngest NBA Players In 2021

LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets looks to pass during a game against the Toronto Raptors at Amalie Arena on January 16, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Want to feel old? There are several NBA players that are 2000 babies. We are hitting the point where people born after the 1990s are playing professional sports.

Young players have always been a thing in the NBA, whether it was allowing players to enter the draft right out of high school, or the more current one-and-done rule for those that spend one year in college before going pro. Every team — from the struggling franchises to the NBA Finals betting favorites — relies on these youngsters to make an impact.

You have to wonder, pre-COVID, of course, how it impacts team camaraderie when some players can’t go out and enjoy an adult beverage with their teammates. All joking aside, it truly is impressive when you think of how young some players are across the league.

Youngest NBA Players

As of Jan. 20, 2021

Aleksej PokuševskiOklahoma City Thunder19 years, 26 days
Patrick WilliamsChicago Bulls19 years, 148 days
LaMelo BallCharlotte Hornets19 years, 152 days
Anthony EdwardsMinnesota Timberwolves19 years, 169 days
Killian HayesDetroit Pistons19 years, 178 days
Théo MaledonOklahoma City Thunder19 years, 223 days
Jahmi’us RamseySacramento Kings19 years, 226 days
Isaiah StewartDetroit Pistons19 years, 244 days
Kira Lewis Jr.New Orleans Pelicans19 years, 290 days
James WisemanGolden State Warriors19 years, 296 days
Nico MannionGolden State Warriors19 years, 313 days
Vernon Carey Jr.Charlotte Hornets19 years, 331 days
R.J. HamptonDenver Nuggets19 years, 349 days
Isaac OkoroCleveland Cavaliers19 years, 361 days
Zeke NnajiDenver Nuggets20 years, 12 days
Kenyon Martin Jr.Houston Rockets20 years, 15 days
Deni AvdijaWashington Wizards20 years, 18 days
Sekou DoumbouyaDetroit Pistons20 years, 29 days
Onyeka OkongwuAtlanta Hawks20 years, 41 days
Talen Horton-TuckerLos Angeles Lakers20 years, 57 days

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Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM and HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.