Top 10 best father-son duos in NBA history
The NBA is a league full of the best talent in the world, and the majority of players have world-class genetics. Specifically, some of the most important stars of the modern era were the sons of former NBA players. It certainly helps to have family members as professional athletes as it sets the tone for players to have successful careers.
Looking at the most relevant stars in modern history, it’s clear which father and son duos were the best in history. It’s time to rank them all, based on their combined careers as professionals. Here are the 5 best father-son basketball pairs in NBA history, based on individual success and stats.
10. Stan Love and Kevin Love
Stan Love has only played 4 NBA seasons, averaging 6.6 PPG and 3.9 RPG. Love was the 9th pick in the 1971 Draft, and his 6’9 “height was a major factor in his draft position. Love was not a star but he was a capable role player who could deliver 15 MPG. Stan’s son Kevin Love was a much better player.
Kevin Love was a Minnesota Timberwolves superstar, but he sacrificed his individual accolades to help LeBron James and Kyrie Irving win an NBA title in 2016. On top of that, Love is a 5-time and 2-time All-Star. All-NBA. the forward who is one of the best shooters of the last decade.
9. Larry Nance and Larry Nance Jr
Larry Nance was truly a consistent player for the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers during his distinguished career. Larry averaged 17.1 PPG and 8.0 RPG over his 13-season career, and he even managed to form 3 All-Star and 3 All-Defensive teams.
His son, Larry Nance Jr, was not the player his father was but he is more athletic. Nance Jr has played for the Lakers and Cavaliers so far in his career, averaging 8.3 PPG and 6.7 RPG over his career. Nance Jr is only 28, so he has time to solidify his status as a starting striker in the league, but he has been a role player so far.
8. Dolph Schayes and Danny Schayes
Dolph Schayes is a Hall of Fame member and one of the best great men of all time. Schayes made 12 All-Star teams during his legendary career with 12 All-NBA teams. His career average of 18.5 PPG and 12.1 RPG as well as his NBA title in 1955 bolstered his status as the all-time dominant forward in his day.
His son, Danny Schayes, was not the same player at all. He was never on an All-Star team and played a role for most of his career. Danny has still played 18 huge seasons in his career, so his longevity as a player associated with his superstar father easily ranks them in the top ten.
7. Tim Hardaway and Tim Hardaway Jr
Tim Hardaway is one of the most underrated stars in NBA history. For some reason, he’s not yet in the Hall of Fame. Hardaway averaged 17.7 PPG and 8.2 APG during his career and made 5 All-Star and 5 All-NBA teams. Hardaway’s numbers were All-Star caliber, but he’s one of the best ball handlers of all time and he popularized the crossover for guys like Allen Iverson and Steve Francis to take it to the next level.
His son, Tim Hardaway Jr, is a current Dallas Mavericks sniper. Hardaway Jr is averaging 13.8 PPG over his career with 35.9% of three shots and is a very capable scorer who can get hot when his shot falls. Hardaway Jr doesn’t have his father’s ball handling, but he’s a better shot and their combination places him 7th all-time.
6. Bill Walton and Luke Walton
The great Bill Walton could have been taller. Walton suffered injuries that kept him from being recognized as one of the best players of all time, but he was still a dominant superstar. Walton averaged 13.3 PPG and 10.5 RPGs for his career, but the accolades he won in a short period of time were truly impressive. Walton has won an MVP, 2 NBA titles and a playoff MVP during his career.
Luke Walton was never a star, but an average actor. He is best known for his time spent as a Los Angeles Laker alongside Kobe Bryant, and he averages 4.7 PPGs and 2.8 RPGs. Walton had his best season in 2007 averaging 11.4 PPG in 33.0 MPG, and he also won 2 NBA titles with the Lakers.
5. Jimmy Walker and Jalen Rose
Jimmy Walker, Jalen Rose’s father, was a very good player in his day. Jimmy made 2 All-Star appearances in 1970 and 1972, averaging 20.8 PPG and 21.3 PPG respectively. Jimmy also holds career averages of 16.7 PPG and 3.5 APG, spending most of his career with the Detroit Pistons. His son, Jalen Rose, was in the Fab Five and was also a good player in the pros.
Jalen Rose never made an All-Star team like his father did, but he made the rookie squad in 1995 and also won the Most Improved Player award in 2000. Jalen averaged 14.3 PPG and 3.8 APG, with his best season (23.8 PPG and 5.3 APG) coming in 2002 with the Chicago Bulls. Jalen and Jimmy were a strong father-son duo who enjoyed success in the league and they start the roster at number five.
4. Rick Barry, Brent Barry, Jon Barry and Drew Barry
A lot of younger generations don’t know how awesome Rick Barry was. Barry, the Hall of Famer, was 12 times All-Star with the NBA and ABA and even won the NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors in 1975. Rick Barry also won the MVP of the Finals that season. , and his career has many more. honors. Rick also won the 1966 Rookie of the Year award, averaging 25.7 PPG and 10.6 RPG.
His son, Brent Barry, had a long career that spanned 14 seasons. A three-point shooter by nature, Barry averaged 9.3 PPG on 40.5% shots from depth. Brent has played a role throughout his career, using his shooting ability to make an impact when his star teammates garnered defensive attention. He also won the 1996 Slam Dunk Contest which included a free throw line dunk.
Jon Barry was a role player averaging 5.7 PPG during his career while Drew Barry only played 3 seasons in the league and averaging 2.2 PPG. Still, the fact that 4 Barrys made it to the NBA is very impressive and it’s mainly thanks to Rick Barry’s greatness as a player.
3. Mychal Thompson and Klay Thompson
Mychal Thompson was a legitimate star in the league in his prime. Thompson averaged 13.7 PPG and 7.4 RPG for his career, winning two NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. Thompson had his best season in 1982 with the Portland Trail Blazers averaging 20.8 PPG and 11.7 RPG, and it’s no wonder his son is turning out to be another great player.
Klay Thompson is one of the best shooters in NBA history and also one of the most underrated players of all time. Klay is a 5-time All-Star, 3-time NBA champion and 2-time member of the All-NBA team. Thompson is averaging 19.5 PPG for his career, with 41.9% shooting from depth. Thompson’s role as Stephen Curry’s Splash Brother was one of the main reasons the Warriors won 3 NBA titles in 4 final appearances.
2. Joe Bryant and Kobe Bryant
Joe Bryant was a 6’9 “forward who spent most of his time in paint. Unlike his son, Bryant didn’t have tremendous explosiveness and the ability to score from the perimeter. Joe Bryant had his best season with the San Diego Clippers averaging 11.8 PPG and 3.7 RPG His son, Kobe Bryant, was a much more special player.
Kobe Bryant is the best player on this list, and his father was a solid NBA player as well. Bryant won 5 NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and won 2 playoff MVPs and the 2008 MVP Award. Bryant, with his career average of 25.0 PPG, is one of the top scorers in the history of the NBA and also one of the most successful of all time.
1. Dell Curry, Stephen Curry and Seth Curry
Dell Curry was also an all-time excellent shooter, averaging 11.7 PPG on 40.2% 3-point shots. Dell Curry played 16 seasons in the NBA, averaging over 15 PPGs over 5 separate seasons in the league. While Kobe ranks over Stephen Curry on the list of the best players of all time, his duo with Dell Curry usurp Kobe and Joe.
Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter in NBA history, with a total of 3 NBA titles and 2 MVP awards. Curry is the man responsible for turning the league into what it is today and the face of the most dominant dynasty over the past 10 years. Stephen’s younger brother Seth Curry is also an NBA player.
While he hasn’t had as much of an impact as his father or brother, Seth has averaged 44.4% out of three over his career, making him one of the top shooters in the world. NBA. Kobe and Steph are all-time great talents, but Dell Curry had a better NBA career than Joe Bryant and Seth’s extra marksmanship makes Curry the best father-son duo ever.