Which NBA players are the youngest in history? 

Basketball hopefuls may enter the NBA right out of high school before 2006 

NBA legends LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and Tracy McGrady entered the league this way. 

The NBA ended the prep-to-pros pipeline in 2006 by requiring draft-eligible players to be 19 years old. 

Recent NBA and NBPA discussions over lowering the age limit stalled. 

Who were the NBA's youngest players before the age limit? 

How did they do? Check out 10 NBA players who played shortly after their proms. 

18 years, 6 days: Andrew Bynum 

The Los Angeles Lakers drafted 17-year-old Andrew Bynum 10th overall in 2005. 

Almost a week before his first NBA game, he turned 18. In 46 games as a rookie, the 7-foot center averaged 1.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks in 7.3 minutes. Bynum later became an All-Star and helped the Lakers win two titles 

Bynum averaged 11.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in nine NBA seasons while shooting 55.6%. 

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