The Youngest NBA Players 2024

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New year, new players! Yes, we all know and love the top NBA ballers, but we’re also looking for something new. The Draft opened the doors of the NBA to many athletes who had just started writing their history. 

Depending on the projection, where they are selected, and what the teams can see from their time at training camp, some will have more opportunities than others. 

The majority are, at most, 20 years old, but there is also a younger group that is attracting a lot of attention and interest right now. we will analyze the five youngest NBA players who are trying to get a foothold in the best basketball league in the world, the 2024 edition.

Cam Whitmore (19 years old)

Some analysts listed him in the top five players, but he fell to 20th with the Houston Rockets. Reports indicate that the decline may have resulted from poor coaching and concern about his health, but he has begun to put to rest these concerns, as he won the Summer League MVP with 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.0 balls recovered – pretty impressive. 

It might be a surprise for those studying the NBA lines 2024 on the best teams and players! 

His talent is not in question, and he is even considered a potential all-star who can score 25 points per game. However, there are aspects to improve. 

The scouts did not overlook his low assist number (0.7), and at times, he seemed selfish when he could have passed to open teammates. Houston has a new technical direction with Ime Udoka, and he immediately takes the lead: “Whatever the coaching staff wants me to do, I’ll do,” he said.

Noah Clowney (19 years old)

In his final year at Alabama, he left good numbers of 9.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, and almost a wall per game. His debut on an NBA court did not leave the best impressions, however, as in Summer League, he recorded 4.8 points and a poor 22 percent shooting from the field. 

On the positive side, he made no excuses and assured viewers and fans that it would serve as a lesson for what is to come.

The forward measures 2.08 meters tall, making him one of the tallest five on the New York team, and since his main virtue is defense, head coach Jacque Vaughn may integrate him into the rotation. 

His offensive skills will be under the microscope, but as one of the youngest in his class, he will have time to develop on a team where the average age skews younger – and we can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.

Bilal Coulibaly (19 years old

Bilal Coulibaly, the other French rookie who won over the NBA, took advantage of all the media attention his Metropolitans 92 teammate Victor Wembanyama received to showcase himself. 

It was worth the effort, as he ended up a top 10 draft pick with the Washington Wizards’ seventh-round selection. Everyone’s eager to see how that’s going to shake out in the coming months.

Dariq Whitehead (19 years old)

He is the second in this quintet for the Brooklyn Nets, who selected him right after Clowney at No. 22 from prestigious Duke University. His 8.3 points per game in the NCAA is not surprising, but his 42.9 percent effectiveness from the perimeter is. 

Two surgeries on his right foot decreased his chances of moving up in the draft and also forced him to miss workouts and the Summer League.

He is scheduled to return to activity soon, but it’s not clear exactly how much time he will need to recover. 

According to Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report, Dariq will spend most of his time in the G League because the team prefers him to play before spending time on the first-team bench. When he is ready, Brooklyn will receive a triple forward.

Gregory Jackson II (19 years old)

The leader of the list of youngest NBA players is also the only one of these five to be selected in the second round at No. 45. Memphis extended him a two-way contract: he is spending the 2024 season between the Grizzlies and Hustle. 

After being rated as the institution’s best player in 2023, he decided to move on from the 2022 class and also ended his commitment to North Carolina in favor of South Carolina. Both changes have undermined his projection.

In the last Summer League, he averaged 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and nearly two triples per game in eight games. The ability to create his shot is a strength, and he is reportedly one of the most polished talents in the class. 

There are doubts about his character, however, as last year he used the social network Instagram to question the Gamecocks’ coaching and on several occasions separated himself from his teammates during timeouts.

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