LeBron “Bronny” James Jr. is celebrating his 16th birthday today (October 6). The son of NBA icon LeBron James, Bronny is a skilled and talented basketball player like his father and he has no shortage of potential to make a name for himself in the future. Below are 16 fun facts about Bronny James in honor of his 16th birthday.
1. He is the oldest of LeBron James Sr.’s three children
2. His godfather is Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul
Bronny’s godfather is none other than NBA star Chris Paul, who is a longtime friend and former Olympic teammate of LeBron James.
3. He is pretty tall for his age
Bronny’s height and weight are listed at 6’4″ and 176 pounds. Though Bronny is not as tall as his 6’9″, 250-pound physical beast of a dad, his size is good for his age and position. In any case, Bronny is still growing, so he might end up reaching between 6’6″ and 6’8″ when he reaches adulthood.
4. He is featured in top rankings for the Class of 2023
In June 2020, Bronny was featured on ESPN’s Top 25 players of the class of 2023 list, where he was ranked #24. Three months later in September 2020, he was ranked #30 on 247 Sports Top 50 basketball recruits for the class of 2023.
5. He shoots better than his father
According to LeBron James himself, Bronny does indeed shoot better than him. In 2019, ESPN National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi said on Twitter that Bronny’s jump shot was better than his dad’s. LeBron James agreed with him, saying that both Bronny and his second son Bryce have better jump shots than him.
6. He has received many college scholarship offers
Bronny has received scholarship offers and has drawn interest from many schools. In January 2020, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) offered James Jr. a scholarship. More recently, Bronnny received an offer from Kentucky, with Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, and UCLA all showing interest as reported by 247sports. In fact, Bronny has been receiving college letters and scholarship offers since he was 10-years-old, which drew the ire of his famous father, who said: “It should be a violation. You shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.”
7. He wears a no. 0 jersey
Bronny currently wears no. 0. LeBron James mentioned in a 2015 Sports Illustrated interview that Bronny refuses to wear his numbers (no. 23 or no. 6 as a Miami Heat player) because “he doesn’t want people to know who he is,” which is difficult considering his name is literally LeBron James Jr. However, Bronny did surprise his father by wearing his no. 23 in 2018.
8. He is a gamer
Bronny has always been passionate about gaming, as he streams (and gets trolled) on Twitch regularly and has 330,000 followers. In August 2020, he joined the professional gaming organization FaZe Clan, playing under the handle FaZe Bronny.
9. He has 5.7 million followers on Instagram
10. He attends Sierra Canyon High School in California
11. He is rumored to be dating TikTok star Peyton Sama
In September 2020, Bronny went viral for a TikTok video he did with Peyton, which caused rumors to spread that the two were dating, although neither Bronny nor Peyton have yet confirmed or denied the rumors.
12. He loves to TikTok
13. He can play multiple positions
Just like his esteemed father, Bronny can play multiple positions, such as playing both point guard and shooting guard.
14. Bronny’s Favorite Player Isn’t Even His Own Father
Although his father is one of the greatest NBA players ever, Bronny says that his actual favorite player is Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets and even wears his no. 0 after him.
15. Won Championship with his AAU team
In 2018. Bronny James won the USBA (United States Basketball Association) with his AAU team the Blue Chips, in a game in Charlotte, North Carolina. Bronny played quite well and his father was in attendance at the game cheering him on from the sidelines
16. Magic Johnson says Bronny could surpass his dad
In a 2019 interview, NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson stated: “Normally what happens is sometimes with all that skill and talent that LeBron has, it passes to his son,” says Johnson. “I think that he has a chance to be unbelievable and either just as good as his dad or a little better.”