Which current NBA players are sons of former players? Steph Curry, Jalen Brunson, Devin Booker and who else?
Join us for a look at who these present day players are and how they’re carrying on the family tradition in the NBA today.
For a father there must be nothing better than seeing your son scale the heights of professional sports after you’ve done so yourself, following on in your footsteps.
The sons of former NBA stars
When recent reports announced that the sons of Basketball Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O’Neal would play for the Los Angeles Lakers’ Summer League squad after both went undrafted, quite a few heads turned. With fathers as famous as Pippen and O’Neal, could these boys have what it takes? Yet, it’s interesting to note that they aren’t the only sons of former stars in the NBA today. Quite the opposite in fact, as they are a whole host of second-generation talents in the league today. Here we’ve got a list for you so that you can see exactly who they are. Let’s get into it:
Stephen Curry - Golden State Warriors
The reigning NBA champion and Finals MVP is perhaps THE example of a player’s son in the league today and may well be for all time. Dell Curry’s son has four NBA championships to his name in eight years and without doubt is the best shooter that we’ve ever seen in the history of the sport. Most recently he led his Golden State Warriors to victory over the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals at the age of 34. Needless to say, he’s still got it.
Devin Booker - Phoenix Suns
The son of Melvin Booker and star of the Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker has already been to the NBA Finals once, was most recently selected to the 2022 All-NBA First Team for the first time in his career and even scored 70 points — tied for 10th-most all-time in a single game — against the Boston Celtics back in March 2017. That’s all to say that with an average of 22 points per game in six of his seven seasons in Phoenix, the 25-year-old is only likely to get better.
Darius Garland - Cleveland Cavaliers
The 2021-22 season was definitely a break out one for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ talented ball-handler. On an average of 21.7 points and 8.6 assists per game, the 23-year-old son of former NBA player Winston Garland was selected to the NBA All-Star team for the first time in his career. It likely won’t be the last.
Andrew Wiggins - Golden State Warriors
What a year it was for the Toronto native. Undoubtedly one of the central reasons that the Warriors were able to win a 4th NBA championship this year and a first time NBA All-Star appearance to boot, the son of Mitchell Wiggins was simply outstanding this last season. Expect big things next season when the former No. 1 overall pick returns to help the Warriors defend their title.
Domantas Sabonis - Sacramento Kings
The son of the Lithuanian legend Arvydas Sabonis has averaged 18.9 points and 12.3 rebounds per game this season, making it the third consecutive season he that he’s averaged a double-double in points and rebounds. With 6 years under his belt in the league, it would appear that he’s also inherited his father’s passing game as he’s been averaging 5.2 assists per game.
Jaren Jackson Jr. - Memphis Grizzlies
At 22, JJJ as he’s known is part of one of the most exciting teams in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies. A first time NBA All-Defensive First Team selectee, the son of Jaren Jackson looks set to go even further next season with his young and hungry teammates. Rest assured the rest of the league would do well to take Jackson and the Grizzlies seriously.
Jalen Brunson - New York Knicks
Rick Brunson’s kid took his game to the next level in the post season this year. Alongside Luka Doncic, the rising star averaged an eye catching 21.6 points per game on 46.6% shooting as he helped the Mavericks all the way to the Western Conference finals. Needless to say, Brunson was one of the hottest commodities in free agency this year, before the New York Knicks finally snapped him up in a mammoth $104 million deal.
Jerami Grant - Portland Trail Blazers
With his uncle Horace Grant having been a member of the legendary Chicago Bulls of the 90s and his father Harvey having had a credible career, one could say Jerami has hoops in his DNA. Now set for a new path with the Portland Trail Blazers next season, it will be interesting to see what the young forward does having averaged 20.9 points per game this past season with the Detroit Pistons.
Klay Thompson - Golden State Warriors
Mychel Thompson’s son is the third Golden State Warrior on the list and most definitely part of the conversation of greatest shooters of all time - Steph dominates that discussion. It was, however, a long road back for Klay after missing two seasons due to an ACL and Achilles problem. In the end, however, that didn’t stop him from helping the Warriors to another title while demonstrating that his shooting had in no way deteriorated.
Al Horford - Boston Celtics
This last season was one to remember for the son of Tito Horford — the first Dominican-born NBA player — as he became the first NBA player of Dominican descent to play in the NBA finals and play, he did. Horford was a central part of the Celtics set up which pushed the Warriors to the limit and he did it at 36 years of age.