Siblings competing against one another in professional sports is pretty cool. In some situations, brothers and sisters have found themselves on the same team trying to win championships for their organizations. Whatever the case may be one can only imagine what reunions are like for families like the Mannings, the Klitschkos and the Williams. I can already imagine Eli and Peyton arguing over who the better quarterback is. It’s amazing to have one child play a professional sport but to have multiple is a miracle. The NBA has seen its fair share of siblings partake in the game of basketball as well. There’s nothing better than seeing two siblings compete at the highest level. A little family-friendly competition never hurts anyone. We want drama in sports. Drama leads to heated rivalries and there is nothing better than a a rivalry between siblings.
Certain NBA players have achieved much more than their brothers and perhaps a bit of jealousy has come up between siblings because of these circumstances? While making it to the NBA is a feat in it of itself, it’s all about what a player is able to accomplish during his time in the league. Not every player can achieve fame and glory in the NBA and there are a number of them who find themselves being associated with their brothers long after their playing careers are over. It might not be very fair but it’s hard to step out of your sibling’s shadow when they’re dominating the game of basketball and your riding the pine like there’s no tomorrow. Here are the top 15 NBA players who lived in the shadow of their sibling.
15. Albert King
Albert King enjoyed success in the game of basketball but a majority of it came during his high school playing days. Albert, the younger brother of Hall-of-Famer Bernard King, was regarded as one of the best prep players in the nation during his four years (1973-1977) at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, New York. After attending the University of Maryland, Albert would enter the NBA through the 1981 draft and played for four teams (Nets, 76ers, Spurs and Bullets) during his eight years in the league. A brief tenure overseas with Italian professional team Olimpia Milano from 1989-1991 saw Albert win a title for the team with players such as Bob McAdoo and Mike D’Antoni.
Bernard spent his entire career in the NBA and achieved much more throughout it. His glory days came with the New York Knicks where he averaged 26.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG and 2.8 APG. He is 16th on the all-time NBA scoring list and was inducted into the hall of fame in 2013. Albert had his good days in the NBA but his brother is up there with some of the greatest who ever laced them up.
14. Jeremy Pargo
Jannero Pargo was never a big name in the NBA. His career numbers (6.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 2.0 APG) are nothing special so his brother Jeremy shouldn’t have had any problems outshining his sibling right? Wrong. After going undrafted in 2009 Jeremy bounced around various NBA Summer League and overseas teams before being signed by the Memphis Grizzlies to a two-year contract in 2011. He would end up playing for three different teams (Memphis, Cleveland and Philadelphia) during his three seasons in the league, unable to secure a roster spot on any of them.
The Chicago natives both played decent minutes for their respective teams but were never able to produce any performances worth mentioning. Jeremy really didn’t have any high expectations put out by his brother but he still fell short of them and couldn’t escape the proverbial sibling shadow.
13. Zoran Dragić
His NBA career didn’t last very long but when he was in the league, everyone knew him as Goran’s brother. After starting his career in Slovenia, Zoran would get his first shot in the NBA in 2012 when the Houston Rockets signed him to their Summer League team. Houston decided not to move Zoran up to the main roster so the 27-year-old signed with Unicaja Málaga, a Spanish professional basketball team in Málaga, Andalusia. In 2014 he became a member of the Phoenix Suns and joined his brother for a short period of time. Goran was already making a name for himself in Phoenix having averaged 20 PPG the season before.
Zoran played in only six games with the Suns before the team traded him and his brother in a packaged deal to the Miami Heat in February 2015 that also involved the New Orleans Pelicans. Goran would become the mainstay point guard for the Heat while Zoran would end up being traded after the 2014-15 season to the Boston Celtics on July 27th, 2015. Boston waived him two weeks later. Zoran’s first run in the league was over before it even began. We’ll see if he attempts another run in the NBA down the road.
12. Robin Lopez
The only entry on our list featuring two players currently in the league, Brooke and Robin Lopez are two centers with pretty different skill sets. Brooke (18.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.7 BPG) has made his name primarily on the offensive end of the spectrum while Robin (8.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.2 BPG) has been known more so for his work defending the paint. An All-Star back in 2013, Brooke’s offensive play is what sets him apart from his twin brother. He’s currently playing in his 9th season in the league and has spent all of them with the Nets. The team has made the playoffs three times during his tenure but have recently become one of the worst in the league.
Despite the poor play Brooke continues to put up strong numbers while Robin keeps attacking mascots as a member of the Chicago Bulls. We have yet to see Brooke take out his frustrations on any furry creatures.
11. Gerald Wilkins
A small forward with a dunking ability almost, but not quite as impressive as his brothers, Gerald Wilkins had a solid overall career in the NBA. He just happens to be the brother of nine-time NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins so his accomplishments are almost nullified when compared to Dominique’s. Gerald had his best years in the league come during his stint with the New York Knicks (14.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.5 APG). He followed his brother’s footsteps by participating in the 1986 and 1987 Slam Dunk Contest but was unable to take home the title on both occasions. Dominique won two out of the five contest he competed in.
The two would wind up playing for the same team in 1999 after Dominique joined his brother in Orlando; they would both see limited playing time in what would be the final season of their careers. You have to give Gerald credit for being a threat to throw one down, but Dominique takes the cake since “The Human Highlight Film” was one of the most feared power dunkers of all time.