Growing up with brothers is one of the most beautiful things in life, and if you’re a professional athlete, who could be a better mentor for you than your very own sibling? As they can both develop together and play alongside and against each other on a daily basis.
Of course, things aren’t always pretty between brothers, with a lot of bullying, trash talking, tears and punches; but that kind of healthy competition among siblings has come a long way, with several pairs of brothers making it to the greatest of stages: the NBA.
It’s got to be a huge honor for parents and a major reason to be proud to have not one but two of their sons in the NBA, but what would happen if we were to face younger brothers against their older peers? Let’s pretend that’s bound to happen in this scrimmage game between siblings.
Older Brothers Team
Point Guard: Stephen Curry
The team captain and ultimate leader has to be Stephen Curry, the older son of Dell Curry, a two time MVP and the best shooter in NBA history. Obviously, the Older Brother Team’s offense would flow through curry with his constant cuts, sick handles and outstanding shooting from downtown, making him the most difficult guy to guard in the whole squad.
Shooting Guard: Justin Holiday
Justin Holiday isn’t the most talented of the Holiday brothers, and he’s currently merely a role player for the Chicago Bulls. Nonetheless, he’s proven to be a very streaky shooter and versatile scorer, so you just can’t leave him wide open or you know he’s going to find different ways to hurt you.
Small Forward: Markieff Morris
Markieff Morris is slightly older than his brother Marcus, and he’s perhaps the better defender out of the two, although they’re both quite similar players. Nowadays, he’s one of the main forces down low for the Washington Wizards, but the biggest issue with him would be to know which one of the Morris brother is actually taking the court for each team.
Power Forward: Pau Gasol
At the 4, we’ve got to go with one of the best foreign players in NBA history: Pau Gasol, who’s currently looking for another ring with the San Antonio Spurs before retiring. With his range, his great bag of tricks and even ability to block a couple of shots per contest, the older of the Gasol Brothers would provide a lot of dynamism to this offense as one of the best passing big men in the league.
Center: Brook Lopez
Just like Morris, Brook is slightly older than his brother Robin, and he’s way better than him in the offensive end of the floor, although his defense is quite questionable at times. Lopez offensive repertoire keeps improving and he’s even added the three-point shoot to it, and he’s a huge threat from everywhere on the floor.
Bench: Willy Hernangomez, Miles Plumlee, Jerian Grant
Well, the Older Brother squad is kind of shorthanded on their bench, at least position-wise, with most substitutes being big men. We’ve got Miles Plumlee, by far the worst and less talented of the brothers, who’s there likely more for moral support than anything else.
Besides him, we’ve got a young Jerian Grant that has proven that can be a very good playmaker, but that has mightily struggled with consistency on his shot, and Willy Hernangomez, a standout center that has lost a lot of ground under Jeff Hornacek, but that’s definitely way more talented than his younger sibling.
Younger Brothers Team
Point Guard: Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday is one of the most underrated and skilled combo guards in the league, he’s a terrific playmaker and extremely versatile scorer, although his shooting stroke seems lost at times. Still, the Older Brothers are going to have a handful trying to contain the former UCLA Bruin, and the better player in the Holiday family.
Shooting Guard: Seth Curry
We’ve got the undersized combo guard Seth Curry at the shooting guard spot, a guy that’s nowhere nearly as good of a shooter as his older brother, but that can still definitely light it up from distance and get hot in a heartbeat. Curry’s also improving his playmaking, and he’s become a huge part of the Mavericks’ core although he hasn’t been able to play so far this season.
Small Forward: Marcus Morris
Marcus Morris is a slightly better scorer than his brother Markieff, and he’s a major part of the Boston Celtics’ scheme with his ability to stretch the floor and play at either forward spot with great ease, bullying his way into the paint against bigger opposition with great ease with his physical dominance, and not backing down from anybody regardless of who it is.
Power Forward: Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol entered the league as Pau Gasol’s little brother but has grown to become one of the most skilled big men in both ends of the hardwood. So, the former Defensive Player of the Year is also now a threat from beyond the arc, and he’s one of the most difficult players to guard in the world with his vast skill set and feet movement.
Center: Robin Lopez
The Younger Brothers Team relies on Robin Lopez to lock down the glass and protect the rim, a couple of areas where he has vastly improved since leaving the Phoenix Suns several seasons ago, and even though he’s nowhere near Brook Lopez when it comes to his offensive skills, he can still provide a lot of second chances for his team.
Bench: Mason Plumlee, Jerami Grant, Juancho Hernangomez
Just like with the Older Brothers, the Youngs aren’t the most stacked or deep team if you take a look at their bench, with Mason Plumlee fighting with Robin Lopez for the right to be their main guy down low.
Besides Plumlee, the young brothers will trust Juancho Hernangomez, a very versatile combo forward that’s still finding his touch from distance, but that has proven to be quite productive below the rim and from close range, as well as Jerami Grant, who’s trying to establish himself as a consistent backup big man, but lacks the kind of talent to actually make an impact in either side of the hardwood.
This game is definitely going to bring back a lot of childhood memories, as the Older Brothers are in clear advantage here and are going to have the upper hand in pretty much every single aspect of the game but the rim protection area.
With Steph Curry and that all shooting lineup, the Older Brothers are going to make their young siblings cry as if they were playing in their backyard, with Pau and Brook completely torching his younger brothers, spreading the floor and pushing up-tempo to kill them from distance.
The Younger Brothers have a very dynamic backcourt and Marc Gasol is a terrific Pick and Roll player, one of Jrue Holiday’s strong points as well, but that’s just not going to be enough to contain that kind of firepower the Older Brothers have.
At the end of the game, the young siblings are going to have to do the dishes, mow the lawn and do errands, losing the bet and the game against their Older Brothers 117 to 85 behind Stephen Curry’s 35 points and 9 dimes, and despite Marc Gasol’s 22 and 15 boards.