For a father, there must be nothing better than seeing his son rise through the ranks of professional sport after doing it himself, following in his footsteps.
Sons of former NBA stars
When recent reports broke that the sons of Basketball Hall of Fame members Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O’Neal would be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers Summer League team after the two failed to not been drafted, many heads turned. With fathers as famous as Pippen and O’Neal, could these boys have what it takes? Still, it’s worth noting that they aren’t the only sons of former NBA stars today. Quite the contrary, because today they are a host of second-generation talents in the league. Here we have a list for you so you can see exactly who they are. Let’s go inside:
Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
The reigning NBA champion and Finals MVP is perhaps the epitome of a player‘s son in the league today and may well be forever. Dell Curry’s His son has four NBA championships under his belt in eight years and is without a doubt the best shooter we have 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 still has it.
Devin Booker – Phoenix Suns
The son of Melvin Booker and star of the Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker once appeared in the NBA Finals, was recently selected to the 2022 All-NBA First Team for the first time in his career and even scored 70 points – tied for 10th all-time in a single game – against the Boston Celtics in March 2017. That’s all to say, averaging 22 points per game in six of his seven seasons at Phoenix, the 25-year-old should only get better.
Darius Garland – Cleveland Cavaliers
The 2021-22 season has definitely been a deal breaker 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 a former NBA player Winston garland was selected to the NBA All-Star Team for the first time in his career. It probably won’t be the last.
Andrew Wiggins – Golden State Warriors
What a year it has been for the Toronto native. Undoubtedly one of the main reasons the Warriors were able to win a 4th NBA championship this year and a first NBA All-Star appearance to boot, the son of Mitchell Wiggins was simply outstanding this past 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 straight season that he has averaged a double-double in points and rebounds. With 6 years under his belt in the league, it looks like he also inherited his dad’s passing game as he averaged 5.2 assists per game.
Jaren Jackson Jr. – Memphis Grizzlies
At 22 years old, JJJ as he is known is part of one of the most exciting teams in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies. Selected for the first time in the NBA All-Defensive First Team, 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
by Rick Brunson kid took his game to the next level in the postseason this year. Alongside Luka Doncic, the rising star averaged 21.6 points per game on 46.6% shooting as he helped the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals. It goes without saying, Brunson was one of the hottest commodities in free agency this year, before the New York Knicks finally signed him 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, you could say that 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 averaged 20.9 points per game last season with the Detroit Pistons.
Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors
At Mychel Thompson’s son is the third Golden State Warrior on the list and is most definitely part of the conversation of the greatest shooters of all time – Steph dominates this discussion. It was, however, a long road back for Klay after missing two seasons with an ACL and Achilles issue. In the end, however, that didn’t stop him from helping the Warriors to another title while showing that his shooting hadn’t deteriorated in any way.
Al Horford – Boston Celtics
This past season has been memorable for the son of Tito Horford – the first NBA player of Dominican descent – as he became the first NBA player of Dominican descent to make it to the NBA Finals and play, he did. Horford was a central part of the Celtics set-up that pushed the Warriors to the limit and he did it at 36.