The lives of NBA stars see them have a lot of people counting on them to bring home the big bucks. Basketball players are among the highest paid athletes in the world. The star power in the NBA is unlike any other sport due to the visibility and the league’s decision to sell the big names. This leads to massive contracts with their NBA teams and big pay days to come from endorsement deals. Many NBA stars live carefree lives without wives or children. While they still take care of their other relatives in certain situations, those with a wife and kids must make bigger decisions.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry are both among the most high-profile family men in the NBA thanks to their celebrity. Their wives and children each are often in the news due to how famous they are. Most other NBA stars don’t deal with the spotlight to such an extent. We will look at some of them now that you may not know have important lives off the court. These guys can’t spend as recklessly as some of their peers. Let’s look at why with ten NBA stars you didn’t know have a child and five that you didn’t realize were married.
15 Has a child: Kyrie Irving
The scariest thing about Kyrie Irving’s success in the NBA is that he is just now entering his prime. At the age of 25, Irving will have another decade of high level if nothing goes wrong. Irving requested a trade away from the Cleveland Cavaliers partially due to wanting to mature as a player and a man on his own team rather than being a secondary option to LeBron James.
The Boston Celtics are seeing Irving’s potential leading them to the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Irving has enjoyed adult responsibilities long before heading to Boston. A shocking fact about Kyrie is that he is the father to a two-year old girl named Azurie Elizabeth Irving. The child is from a prior relationship of Irving. It is a little scary knowing Kyrie is a dad considering he believes the Earth is flat.
14 Has a child: Tristan Thompson
Everyone knows that Tristan Thompson is expecting a child on the way with girlfriend Khloe Kardashian announcing her pregnancy. Khloe is a reality television show star and has dated quite a few NBA players. Thompson is the most serious relationship as the two will have their first child together in 2018. However, this is not the first child of Tristan.
Thompson’s ex-girlfriend gave birth to his first child back in 2016. The fact that this relationship was far less of a juicy celebrity story made it obvious why the media didn’t discuss it. Most fans have no idea that Thompson is already a father as they assume this will be his first child. Thompson already has fatherhood experience as he welcomes his second kid into the world sooner than later.
13 Married: Carmelo Anthony
There has been confusion regarding the relationship status of Carmelo Anthony. The partner of Anthony has been fellow celebrity personality La La for many years. Carmelo and La La got married a few years ago and have a ten-year-old son together. Controversy arose when La La moved out of their home in 2017 when Anthony allegedly cheated on her.
Despite appearing to have split, La La and Carmelo are still married. La La revealed that she was not planning on filing for a divorce and admitted there was a chance for them to get back together. Both parties have tried to keep things quiet regarding their status. All we know for sure is that they are still technically married. Anthony doesn’t want to get divorced and La La seems to be on the same page.
12 Has a child: DeMar DeRozan
The NBA career of DeMar DeRozan has never been better as the shooting guard is having the best season of his career. DeRozan was voted to be a starter for the 2018 All-Star Game thanks to his incredible numbers. The overall great play of DeRozan has led the Toronto Raptors into contention in the Eastern Conference when many expected them to trend downwards.
DeRozan is still adding to his legacy as a basketball player, but he has had an important life at home for quite some time now. The early trip into the most important step of adulthood saw DeRozan have two children. Diar is four-years-old and Mari is a one-year-old as both are the most important aspects of DeRozan’s life. DeRozan’s basketball skills may seem like the most important thing to Raptors fans, but it is secondary to his family.
11 Has a child: Paul George
Paul George has been one of the premiere small forwards in the NBA in recent years. Following a long run as the face of the Indiana Pacers franchise, George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. George is hoping the combination of him, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony will have an outside chance to contend for an NBA Championship this season.
Controversy has followed George off the court more than his playing career. George had his first child with an exotic dancer and went to court with her regarding custody of the kid. Strangely, George is now once again expecting another child with the same dancer he went to battle against. The story indicates George will be expecting his second child with her this year.
10 Married: Harrison Barnes
Former Golden State Warriors and current Dallas Mavericks star Harrison Barnes is not someone many fans think about these days, but he has an interesting role. Barnes will be the top star for Dallas until they draft or acquire another better talent to become the face of their franchise when Dirk Nowitzki retires. Barnes got married to his love interest Brittany last summer.
Unfortunately for Barnes, no one remembers anything about his wedding aside from a story about petty NBA drama. Stephen Curry took a shot at LeBron James by mocking his dance with the LeBron Challenge last summer. LeBron’s then teammate Kyrie Irving was seen having fun before the news broke about his decision to get traded away. Barnes’ wedding was just the setting of the latest drama in the NBA gossip headlines.
9 Has a child: Mike Conley
Mike Conley is one of the most underrated point guards in the NBA. Despite signing a massive contract at the perfect time when the salary cap went up, Conley doesn’t get discussed as a major star in the NBA thanks to the quiet play and the low ceiling for the Memphis Grizzlies. The personal life of Conley is usually not as publicized as most other NBA stars, but one incident did occur regarding his family.
Conley has a biracial child with his partner leading to trolls accusing his wife of cheating on him due to the baby looking more like her than him. The reaction of Conley showed his sense of humor rather than anger. Conley posted a Maury meme declaring he was the father of his son Myles despite the rude jokes trying to convince us otherwise.
8 Has a child: DeMarcus Cousins
The temper of DeMarcus Cousins makes him come off as one of the most immature players in the NBA. Cousins has led the league in technical fouls for most of his career. The big man gets into it with players, coaches, reporters and everyone in between. Despite being a lot to deal with, Cousins’ skills allows him to be one of the best centers in the NBA today.
Cousins is starting an All-Star Game for the first time this season as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. We'll likely see more melt downs from him in the future given his personality. While he still acts like a child, Cousins is an adult in the truest sense as a father. DeMarcus has a son named Amir and a daughter named Vana. We can only hope having two kids helps him get more patience going forward in his career.
7 Married: Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry has been one of the better point guards in the NBA over the past few years. The Toronto Raptors found relevance thanks to the duo of DeMar DeRozan and Lowry each stepping up as Superstars around the same time. Lowry does his talking on the court as an effective player that does his job well. You rarely ever hear about him involved in off-court stories like his peers.
Despite the lack of coverage regarding his personal life, we know that Lowry is married. The point guard wedded love interest Ayahna Cornish a few years ago. Ayahna is a fellow basketball player that saw the best years of her career take place in college. A common interest of basketball brought them together and the couple is still happily married today.
6 Has a child: Blake Griffin
The Los Angeles Clippers have made the decision to build the franchise around Blake Griffin after Chris Paul left last summer. Griffin has dealt with various injury issues over the past few seasons hurting his standing as a Superstar. We have seen Griffin slip from a consistent All-Star starter to someone not even considered for the reserves.
Regardless, Blake has shown signs of moving back in the right direction this season. The changes over the past few seasons have led him to this place in his career. Griffin has also seen his personal life evolve with more responsibilities coming. Blake has two young children named Finley and Ford with his long-term girlfriend. Unfortunately, the relationship ended between the engaged couple as they’ll try to find a way to raise the two kids while separated.
5 Has a child: Jayson Tatum
Most rookies entering the NBA must deal with the pressure of competing against grown men that have dominated this sport for years. It can be a bit much for teenagers trying to find their talent in such a competitive field with a huge spotlight on them. Jayson Tatum has a rare situation as a rookie that is already a father.
The Boston Celtics rookie recently announced the birth of his son Jayson Tatum Jr. Boston fans already love the work ethic and maturity of Tatum this early into his career. The Celtics traded the top overall pick to move down in the draft to get Tatum fourth as they felt he was the best value. Tatum is set up to have a great career in Boston. His son will likely be old enough to appreciate it when Tatum is in his prime as a hopeful star for the Celtics.
4 Married: Al Horford
Al Horford has been a major reason for the Boston Celtics success this season. Kyrie Irving gets most of the credit for his flashy style of play providing more entertainment. However, Horford has been the most consistent source of production in the front court. A combination of efficient offense and effective defense makes him an All-Star.
Horford is a veteran at this point after many years of success on the Atlanta Hawks before heading to Boston. The personal life of Horford is great as well as he is married to the stunning Amelia Vega. Amelia is a very successful actress, singer and model as well as a former Miss Universe. Al and Amelia have two children together giving Horford an important family life at home.
3 Has a child: Kawhi Leonard
The soft-spoken Kawhi Leonard stays out of the spotlight as much as public. There is not a player as successful as Leonard in the NBA with a smaller profile. The San Antonio Spurs Superstar does his talking in the form of superb basketball play on both sides of the court. Leonard won the 2014 NBA Finals MVP after leading the Spurs to a dominant victory over the Miami Heat.
We know very little about Leonard as a person in comparison to other stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. One fact about his personal life is that he is married to Kishele Shipley. Leonard and Shipley have married since 2014 and have one child together. The power of social media and media coverage is the only reason we know this today. If Leonard played in the 90s, no one would have the slightest idea about his love life.
2 Has a child: Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook has taken his game to another level after Kevin Durant left him and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Without having to defer to Durant as the top star on the team, Westbrook has run wild putting up some of the greatest numbers in NBA history. Last season was the best of Westbrook’s career as he won the MVP Award and finished with a triple double average.
Despite both accolades being enough to have a great legacy, neither was the high point of Westbrook’s year. Russell saw his first child born when his wife Nina gave birth to their son Noah in May of 2017. The landmark moment in Westbrook’s life saw him express pride and understand the importance of being a father. As ruthless as he is on the court, Russell seems very sentimental about his family.
1 Married: Dirk Nowitzki
The legendary career of Dirk Nowitzki is coming to an end after two decades with the Dallas Mavericks. Nowitzki is expected to retire either at the end of this season or at the end of the 2018-2019 season. We can see that time is no longer on his side with his limited role on the rebuilding squad. Nowitzki will easily make the Hall of Fame and could be argued as the greatest power forward of all time.
The reputation of Dirk off the court is equally impressive as everyone has kind words to say about him. Nowitzki is regarded as a family man as seen with his marriage to Jessica Olsson. They have been married for over five years with three children together. Nowitzki and Olsson had the rare interracial relationship between a white player and a black woman. This provided some controversy that Nowitzki had to deal with early in his career before society continued to evolve.