It is no secret that two-time reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry is the son of former NBA Sixth Man of the Year and the Charlotte Hornets all-time leading scorer Dell Curry. We also know that his teammate Klay Thompson is the son of two time NBA Champion Mychal Thompson. While some second generation NBA players are as well-known as their famous fathers, which is not always the case.
Often the son of a legendary NBA player will go down the same career path of his father but will end up being nowhere near as good as his old man. Other times it goes the other way, with the son being much better than the father ever was. You might be surprised to learn that a handful of recent NBA lottery picks actually had fathers that also played in the league.
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17 Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins was the #1 pick of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but then seemed to fall victim to the trade that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland to join LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Wiggins was sent to Minnesota where he was the NBA Rookie of the Year after having a good but short term career at Kansas where he was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and in high school where he was named Mr. Basketball USA and the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Wiggins has averaged almost 19 points per game and 4 rebounds per game during his first two full seasons in the league. His father Mitchell Wiggins was a journeyman who was drafted in the first round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He played for 20 years total and played for the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA as well as playing in Europe. Mitchell won a silver medal with the United States at the 1982 FIBA World Cup.
16 Justice Winslow
Justice Winslow might not yet be a household name but he was drafted #10 overall by the Miami Heat in the 2015 NBA Draft. Winslow played at Duke where he won an NCAA Championship in 2015. Before that he was a Parade and McDonald’s All-American and named Texas Mr. Basketball while playing for St. John’s High School. Winslow only averaged 6.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in his rookie campaign but he may get more playing time in the years to come. His father Rickie Winslow had a cup of coffee in the NBA after being drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round of the 1987 NBA Draft and only played in seven games for the Milwaukee Bucks that year. Rickie was a member of the Phi Slama Jama dunking fraternity at the University of Houston and spent the rest of his career overseas.
15 Al Horford
Al Horford has been a very solid player since being drafted #3 overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2007 NBA Draft. During his time in Atlanta he was a four time NBA All-Star and a member of the All-Rookie First Team and All-NBA Third Team. The big man signed with the Boston Celtics in 2016 as a free agent hoping to have even more success with the young squad. Al’s father Tito Horford was a high school McDonald’s All-American and played college basketball at Miami. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1988 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and played there until 1990. He also played in Spain and with the Washington Bullets in 1993. Tito was not as successful as Al but helped him out in his youth and gave him a leg up over players without fathers who played in the pros.
14 Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker was the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was very successful in high school and college and was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year, and McDonald’s National Player of the Year at Simeon High School. Parker was a Consensus first-team All-American and First-team All-ACC at Duke. He has also won two gold medals representing the U.S. at the under-16 and under-17 levels. Jabari’s parker Sonny Parker was drafted in the 1st round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and played there until 1982. He played college basketball at Texas A&M where he is in the school’s Hall of Fame.
13 Wesley Matthews
Shooting guard Wesley Matthews had a solid career at Marquette where he was named to the Second-team All-Big East after being named Wisconsin Mr. Basketball in high school. He went undrafted in 2009 but signed with the Utah Jazz before joining the Portland Trail Blazers from 2010 to 2015 and signing with the Dallas Mavericks in 2015. Matthews has started most of the games he has played in and has averaged 14 points per game. His father Wes Matthews was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the 1st round of the 1980 NBA Draft. He also played for the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and Los Angeles Lakers. He won two NBA Champions on the Lakers team led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
12 Mike Dunleavy Jr.
It makes sense that Mike Dunleavy Jr. would be the son of Mike Dunleavy Sr., but you may think of the elder as just a coach. Mike Dunleavy Jr. won an NCAA Championship at Duke after being named a Consensus second-team All-American and a First-team All-ACC selection. He was drafted #3 overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2002 NBA Draft. He has also played for the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, and now the Cleveland Cavaliers. His father played in the 1970s and 1980s for the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks. He has been a head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Clippers. Dunleavy Sr. was named NBA Coach of the Year with the Blazers in 1999 and became the head coach at Tulane in 2016.
11 Devin Booker
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker made a big splash in the 2015-16 season, being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, but the young player is not the only one in his family to have played in the NBA. Devin was drafted by the Suns in the 1st round of the 2015 NBA Draft after successful campaigns at Moss Point High School where he was a McDonald’s All-American, and Kentucky where he was named SEC Sixth Man of the Year and Second-team All-SEC in his only season. Devin’s father Melvin Booker also played at Moss Point and then played for Missouri before going undrafted. He bounced around between the NBA and CBA and also played in Italy, Turkey, and Russia. Melvin Booker played for the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets in 1996 and for the Golden State Warriors in 1997.
10 David Stockton
Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton spent his entire career playing for the Utah Jazz which lasted 20 years from 1984 to 2003. That is an amazing feat, but he was best known being part of one of the best duos of all time with Karl Malone. Stockton was a 10 time All-Star and nine-time NBA assists leader. He holds records for being the NBA all-time assists leader as well as all-time stealers leader. Stockton was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and his #12 is retired by the Jazz and Gonzaga. While everyone knows John Stockton, you might be surprised to learn that in 2015 his son David Stockton played for the Sacramento Kings. David also played at Gonzaga and went undrafted. He is currently playing professionally in New Zealand.
8 Jae Crowder
Small forward Jae Crowder has turned into a nice addition to the Boston Celtics. He was named Big East Player of the Year at Marquette after being named the NABC Junior College Player of the Year at Howard College. Crowder was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He didn’t do much in Dallas and was traded to the Boston Celtics which turned out to be great for his career. Jae’s father Corey Crowder played in the NBA in the 90s and played for the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs in addition to playing in the CBA, Italy, Spain, France, and Israel. Much like Jae he had a great college career playing for Kentucky Wesleyan, but Jae will end up being the more successful Crowder in the NBA.
7 Danny Manning
Danny Manning was the #1 pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1988 NBA Draft. He was a two time All-Star and was named Sixth Man of the Year in his career with the Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, and Detroit Pistons. Manning won an NCAA Championship at Kansas and was named NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player and won the Naismith College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Awards. On top of that he won many other awards and was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. Danny became a coach and won another NCAA Championship as an assistant at Kansas in 2008. He is now the head coach for Wake Forest. His father Ed Manning played for the Baltimore Bullets, Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers, Carolina Cougars, New York Nets, and Indiana Pacers from 1967 to 1975.
5 Ed Davis
Big man Ed Davis has been a role player in the NBA since he was drafted in the 1st round of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. He has also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, and currently for the Portland Trail Blazers. Davis won an NCAA Championship at North Carolina in 2009 and was a McDonald’s All-American in high school. His father Terry Davis was a power forward and center who went undrafted by signed with the Miami Heat from 1989 to 1991. He played for the Dallas Mavericks from 1991 to 1996, the Washington Wizards from 1997 to 1999, and the Denver Nuggets from 2000 to 2001. His son Ed entered the league only nine years after Terry retired.
4 Pete Maravich
“Pistol” Pete Maravich is considered an all-time great and was highly successful at LSU before being drafted #3 by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1970 NBA Draft. The shooting guard is a Hall of Famer a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He was a five time All-Star and two time All-NBA First Team Selection and was the NBA scoring champion in 1971. Maravich played for the Hawks and then the New Orleans/Utah Jazz and the Boston Celtics. His #7 is retired by both the Jazz and Pelicans. What you might not know is that even before that his father Petar “Press” Maravich played professionally for the Youngstown Bears of the National Basketball League as well as the Pittsburgh Ironmen of the Basketball Association of America. He became a head coach and coached his son Pete at LSU.
3 Kiki Vandeweghe
Kiki Vandeweghe was a successful German born NBA player who was drafted in the 1st round of the 1980 NBA Draft. Kiki was a small forward who played with the Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers. With the Nuggets he was a two time All-Star and Vandeweghe was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection at UCLA in college. He later served as the coach of the New Jersey Nets from 2009 to 2010. His father Ernie Vandeweghe was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1949 where he played until 1956. At Colgate College he was a Consensus second-team All-American. His wife Coleen Kay Hutchins was Miss America in 1952 and gave birth to Kiki in 1958. Kiki’s uncle Mel Hutchins was a four-time NBA All-Star and his niece Coco Vandeweghe is a professional tennis player.
2 Phil Pressey
After being named First-team All-SEC and an AP Honorable mention All-American at Missouri in 2013, point guard Phil Pressey signed with the Boston Celtics as an undrafted free agent. He played in the NBA Developmental League and then signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015. He went back to the D-League and then signed with the Phoenix Suns in 2016 before joining Golden State’s D-League team the Santa Cruz Warriors. While Phil hasn’t had much success in the NBA yet, his father Paul Pressey was a first round pick in the 1982 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played for the Bucks until 1990 and then played for the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. Pressey was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team twice. He became a coach and has worked as an assistant for many teams including the Lakers most recently. He won an NBA Championship as an assistant for the Spurs in 1999.
1 Kevin Love
Kevin Love has been playing in the NBA since 2008 and has also been on the verge of being a superstar but never seems to be able to get over the hump. He is a three time All-Star and finally won an NBA Championship in 2016 with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving after being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kevin’s father Stan Love played in the NBA in the 1970s and was a 1st round pick by the Baltimore Bullets. He was a power forward who also played for the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. He didn’t do a whole lot and only average about 7 points and 4 rebounds a game. Stan’s brother and Kevin’s uncle Mike Love co-founded the Beach Boys.
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