If having an NBA player in the family is something memorable, imagine how great would it be to have more than one professional baller in the family to keep the torch lit for at least an extra generation.
Some of the most talented players have had incredibly talented songs that have also made the greatest competitive basketball league in the world, some of them outplaying their old men, while others don’t find the success their folks once found.
And nowadays, we’re desperately waiting to see the next generation of future All-Stars, with the sons of LeBron James, Chris Paul and Shaquille O’Neal called to be NBA studs when they’re old enough to make the league.
So today, we’re going to let you know about 10 of the most memorable father and son NBA duos in the history of the game.
Honorable Mentions: Henry Bibby and Mike Bibby, Patrick Ewing and Patrick Ewing Jr, Michael Wiggins and Andrew Wiggins
15. Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers
Doc Rivers was an extremely smart player and an above the average playmaker, creating a very dominant 1-2 punch alongside Dominique Wilkins for the Atlanta Hawks before spending a brief tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks, but he found way more success as a coach with the Boston Celtics and Clippers. Throughout his player career, he averaged just over 10 points and almost 6 assists per game.
Austin Rivers was called to be a major stud but was never able to replicate his NCAA success at the NBA, and most people believe he’s only playing right now because his father is the coach. On a side note, he’s the first player in NBA history to face his father as the opposing coach. So far, the former Blue Devil has put career averages of roughly 9 points and a couple of dimes per matchup.
14. Tito Horford and Al Horford
Before Al Horford, there was Tito Horford, a Dominican Center that was drafted 39th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1988, where he stayed until 1990 before heading overseas to play in Spain, also trying to make a comeback to the league with a 1-year tenure with the Bullets during the 1993-94 campaign. Struggling to make an impact, Tito posted career averages of 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
So, Al Horford is yet another example of a young man that has outplayed his father, becoming a perennial All-Star and improving his overall game as a very crafty two way big man, and one of the main pieces in the Boston Celtics new core for their title run. So far, the 11-year veteran has put career averages of 14.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists to go along with 1.2 blocks.
13. Gerald Henderson and Gerald Henderson Jr
Gerald Henderson was a key element in 2 different Championship teams, winning 3 Larry O’Brien trophies as a member of the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons, having a very successful 13 year NBA career as a backup point guard, also playing for the Sonics, Knicks, Sixers, Bucks and Rockets with averages of 8.9 points and 3.6 dimes per game.
His son, Gerald Henderson Jr, is still trying to make a comeback to the league after suffering an injury that has kept him sidelined for over a season, and after 8 campaigns as a member of the Bobcats, Blazers and Sixers, he’s posted averages of 11.2 points and 1.9 dimes at the shooting guard spot.
12. Arvydas Sabonis and Domantas Sabonis
Arvydas Sabonis came into the league being already a veteran but was able to make a huge impact for the Portland Trail Blazers despite only staying in the NBA for 6 seasons before heading back to Europe and mate a late comeback push. Sabonis was incredibly gifted in both ends of the floor and was an outstanding passer and shooter from beyond the arc, posting career averages of 12 points, 7.3 boards, 2.1 dimes and 1.1 blocks per game.
His son is just getting started in the league and has been extremely productive off the bench for the Indiana Pacers after spending one season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Domantas isn’t as crafty as his old man but he also has a very sweet touch from long range and is a very effective scorer and rebounder, although his defense is still a work in progress. So far, he’s averaged 8.5 point and 5.5 rebounds a game.
11. Wes Matthews and Wesley Matthews
Wes Matthews wasn’t the most productive or prominent player of his time, but he was a very important part in back-to-back NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, also thriving overseas. Throughout his career, the combo guard averaged almost 8 points and 5 dimes with 1.3 steals per game.
Wesley Matthews Jr has come a long way in the NBA, as the shooting guard when undrafted but found his niche with the Portland Trail Blazers as a standout 3 and D guard/forward and a lethal stroke from beyond the arc. Up to this date, the Dallas Mavericks starting sg has posted career averages of 13.9 points, 3.2 boards, 2.7 dimes and 1.1 steals per game.
10. Larry Nance and Larry Nance Jr
Larry Nance is mostly known for being the first winner ever in the slam dunk contest, but he was also one of the greatest players in Cleveland Cavaliers history, even having his jersey retired before his very own son was granted the green light to wear it. Over 13 years, the defensive standout big man made 3 All-Defensive Team and averaged just over 17 points with 8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
Larry Nance Jr has a shown a lot of glimpses of his father, bringing a lot of hustle in the defensive end of the floor, never giving up on any loose ball and always trying to make the most of his athleticism to gain position, but he’s lacked the sweet scoring tough his dad use to have. Still, he’s got a bright future ahead of him and he’s currently averaged 7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game.
9. Stan Love and Kevin Love
Stan Love is well more known for being Kevin Love’s father and the younger brother of the Beach Boys’ vocalist Mike Love, but he also had a brief career as a pro baller from 1971 to 1975, playing for the Baltimore Bullets, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs as a power forward. Over his short career, Stan averaged 6.6 points and almost 4 boards.
Obviously, Love has vastly outplayed his old man, becoming one of the league’s most dominant scorers and rebounders during his Minnesota Timberwolves years and now becoming a key element in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Championship run. So far, Love has put career averages of 18.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 dimes a game on 44% shooting and 36% from there point territory.
8. Dolph Schayes and Danny Schayes
Way back in the day, Dolph Schayes was an extremely dominant big man, and by far the most durable and healthy players of his era, retiring after appearing in 1059 games, more than other player at the time. Also, he was drafted by two different teams when he left the NCAA and led the Philadelphia 76ers to the Championship in 1955, posting career averages of 18.5 points, 12.1 boards and 3.1 dimes a game.
Just like his old man, Danny Schayes came out of Syracuse University straight to the NBA, playing as a center for the Jazz, Nuggets, Bucks, Lakers, Suns, Heat and Magic over an 18-year span, being as durable as his father but way less talented. Over his NBA tenure, he averaged 7.7 points and 5 boards per contest.
7. Tim Hardaway and Tim Hardaway Jr
Tim Hardaway was one of the deadliest dribblers in the NBA back in the day with his signature UTEP Two-Step, a master of the crossover and a scoring machine that averaged almost 18 points and 8 dimes per game throughout his career, getting his jersey retired by the Miami Heat after playing there as well as for the Warriors, Mavs and Pacers, also making it to 5 All-Stars. Over a 14 year span, Tim bug averaged 17.7 points and over 8 assists a game.
On the other hand, Tim Hardaway Jr is one of the league’s rising stars after a very slow start of his career, being dealt away from the New York Knicks to the Atlanta Hawks, where he took his career back from the ashes to make a comeback to the Big Apple. Up to this day, THJ has averaged 11.7 points and a couple of boards per game on 42% shooting.
6. Rick Barry, Jon Barry, Drew Barry and Brent Barry
Rick Barry managed to have not one, not two, but three sons playing in the NBA: Jon, Drew and Brent Barry. Rick Barry was by far the most successful out of the four with averages of 24.8 points, 4.9 dimes, and 6.7 boards per game to go along with 1 NBA ring an a Finals MVP as a member of the Warriors, Oaks, Capitols, Nets and Rockets at the small forward spot.
Among all of Barry’s sons, Brent Barry had the best career, winning a couple of rings to become the first duo of fathers and sons to become NBA Champions, and posting career averages of almost 10 points, just over 3 assists and 3 rebounds per game as a guard/forward for the Clippers, Heat, Bulls, Sonics, Spurs and Rockets.
Jon Barry didn’t find much success in the league, wandering around as a backup point guard for the Bucks, Warriors, Hawks, Lakers, Kings, Pistons, Nuggets and Rockets over a 15-year span with averages of 5.7 points and under 2 dimes per game.
Drew Barry was by far the less talented out of the family and was only able to make 60 appearances over a 5-year span on an NBA roster before heading overseas to Australia, Italy and Poland, leaving averages of 2.2 points, 1.1 boards and 1.9 dimes as a tweener combo guard. On a side-note, all of the Barrys ended their careers with the Rockets, except for Drew.
5. Jimmy Walker and Jalen Rose
Jimmy Walker had a kind of average NBA career lasting 9 seasons as a member of the Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Kansas City Kings, but he was kind of a bust considering he was drafted 1st overall by the Pistons. On a side note, the 2-time All-Star shooting guard was also drafted with the last overall pick by the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. Throughout his career, he averaged almost 17 points and 3.5 dimes a game.
Also, Jimmy Walker is Jalen Rose’s father, although he abandoned his mother before birth and never showed up while he was growing up. Rose, on the other hand, had a 14 season NBA career as a guard/forward, winning the MIP award in 2000 and playing for the Nuggets, Pacers, Bulls, Raptors, Knicks and Suns. Also, Rose was able to post career averages of 14.3 points, 3.5 boards and 3.8 dimes a contest.
4. Bill Walton and Luke Walton
Bill Walton was one of the most dominant big men in the league during his prime and he’s one of the greatest players in Portland Trail Blazers history, also playing for the Clippers and Celtics and winning 2 NBA Championships, 1 MVP, 1 Finals MVP, 1 Rebounding title, 1 Sixth Man of the Year and led the league in blocks 1 season as well, averaging 2.2 blocks, 13.3 points and 10.5 boards throughout his career.
Meanwhile, Luke Walton was more of a role player and wasn’t nearly as talented as his old man, but he was a very smart and unselfish substitute that had a key role in the 2009 and 2010 NBA Championships before trying his luck as an NBA head coach, and his career averages of 4.7 points and 2.3 assists per game are far from impressive.
3. Joe Bryant and Kobe Bryant
Joe Bryant didn’t find much success in the NBA as a player, having some brief tenures with the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and San Diego Clippers before heading overseas to play in Italy, where he found way more success, eventually pursuing a career in pro basketball coaching. Over his career, he averaged roughly 8 points and 1 assists a game.
Kobe Bryant, on the other hand, doesn’t need an introduction, considered to be the greatest player in Lakers history, a 5 time NBA Champion, 1 time MVP, 2 times Finals MVP, 18 time All-Star and a first ballot hall of famer with both of his jerseys hanging high in the Staples Center forever. Through all of his career as a Laker, Kobe posted averages of 25 points, 5.2 boards, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
2. Mychal Thompson, Klay Thompson and Mychal Thompson
Mychal Thompson was a major factor during the Showtime Lakers era, playing alongside Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Elvin Hayes and helping the team win a couple of NBA Championships, also playing for the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs mostly as a backup PF/C. Over a 13 seasons span, he averaged almost 14 points and 7 boards per game.
Klay Thompson is now considered to be one of the best two-way players in the Association, while his older brother Mychel failed to even make an NBA roster. Klay has won a couple of Championships with the Golden State Warriors, is a terrific backcourt defender and one of the best shooters this game has ever seen. So far, Klay has averaged 19 points on 42% from beyond the arc.
1. Dell Curry and Seth and Stephen Curry
Dell Curry was one of the most consistent backups in the league during his prime, mostly remembered by his 10 season tenure with the Charlotte Hornets, although he always played for the Jazz, Cavs, Bucks and Raptors, always ready to shoot the ball with such a quick release and smooth stroke. Over his career, the first of the Currys averaged 11.7 points on over 40% from three-point land.
Seth Curry was having the best season of his young NBA career but hasn’t been able to play at all this year, while his older brother Stephen has already won a couple of MVPs and Championships, and will go down as the best shooter in the history of basketball, as well as owning one of the sickest handles in the game, and being the most important player in the one NBA team that was able to break the Bulls record and go 73-9 on a season. Also, Steph has put career averages of 23.1 points, 6.8 dimes and 1.8 steals per game.