The 2024 NBA Draft is just about two weeks away and one of the biggest questions is where Bronny James will be drafted. Most mock drafts have had him being selected in the second round amid reports that he was only willing to workout for certain teams.

On a recent appearance on ‘The Green Light with Chris Long,' Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle was put on the spot by being asked if the Pacers would select Bronny James with one of their second round picks. Obviously Carlisle wasn't going to reveal the Pacers plans, but his answer was a little bit surprising.

“Well I'm gonna go out on a limb here and predict that he goes quite a bit higher than that,” Rick Carlisle said. “I'm not going to say who, I don't want to get in trouble. I've been fined enough this year during the playoffs.”

The Pacers have three second round picks in the 2024 NBA Draft at No. 36, N0. 49 and N0. 50. Carlisle was asked if the Pacers would be selecting Bronny with one of their lower second round picks. James had a strong showing at the combine and could possibly have played his way into a higher pick than late second round.

Bronny James might not end up with Lakers in NBA Draft

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shakes hands with his son Bronny James during the second half against the Houston Rockets at Arena.
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Following a not so stellar freshman season at USC, the general consensus was that Bronny James would be a late second round pick in the NBA Draft, if selected at all. But that might not be the case anymore following his performance at the recent combine last month.

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly been interested in drafting Bronny to pair alongside with his father LeBron James. LeBron has made it known in the past that he would like to play alongside his son in the NBA.

The Lakers hold two pick in the draft, one first rounder at No. 17 and one second rounder at No. 55. It's a bit of a stretch for the Lakers to select Bronny with the No. 17 pick and if what Rick Carlisle said was true, he'll already be off the board when they come up again at No. 55.

Bronny appeared in 25 games for USC this past season, including six starts, at a little over 19 minutes per game. He averaged 4.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists with splits of 36.6 percent shooting from the field, 26.7 percent shooting from the three-point line and 67.6 percent shooting from the free-throw line.

Even with a limited sample size, Bronny's strengths were considered to be his playmaking and his defense. He declared for the NBA Draft while simultaneously maintaining his college eligibility. He ultimately decided to remain in the draft. There's no question that he has NBA skills, it just remains to be seen which NBA team will take a shot on him.