NBA stars have siblings who play in the league all the time. There are some players who are currently playing and some players who are now Hall-of-Famers. There is no doubting that these sibling rarely are equal in value. From guys like Blake Griffin and Klay Thomson to Bernard King and Dominique Wilkins, we cover ever the least known NBA stars with siblings who played the game. Some of these siblings had long careers in the league while others found themselves to only have been able to play in the Development League, or the G-League or they found themselves playing in one of the many overseas leagues there are in the world mostly in the Euroleague or the Chinese Basketball Association.
NBA stars lives can sometimes be very quiet and we are not always provided the inner workings of their families or when their siblings make it to the league. Sometimes it is very well known as Steph and Seth Curry. In that case, Seth has had least made it be a starter in the league and I felt as though the brother duo here was way to well known to be included in this list. So here way go, the siblings of the stars.
Blake Griffin has been a force in the league since he started winning slam dunk contests. He is a 5x All-Star and 4x All-NBA selection as well as willing Rookie of the Year. Blake has always been a good player but he has constantly had injury issues throughout his career. He started his career by getting knee surgery because he broke his left kneecap. Aside from that, he is going to help your team succeed whenever given the opportunity. In his career, he has averages of 2.15 points with 9.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists. He also shoots it fairly well with 50.8% from the field and 32.4% from three and a low 68.3% from the line.
Taylor, on the other hand, has not done so well.
Some have called him the Wal-Mart brand version of Blake. He has played a total of 8 games in the NBA. From 2009-2015 he spent his time in the G-League but never really stood out there. He has also played on 2 different foreign teams. Not really succeeding much their either. All the same, this "Discount Blake" has been quite supportive of his brother through his NBA career and will definitely continue to support him even though it appears Taylor's days are behind him.
Both have NBA career's but Paul's is much better. Paul has had a long career after being drafted with the 47th pick in 2006. During his career, he has averages of 14.2 points with 7.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He has also shot the ball very well in his career with averages of 49.1% from the field, 33.0% from three, and 73.4% from the line. He has been on the All-Star team four times and also the All-Defensive Team. Paul has very well outplayed his projected value. While his career might be on the way down, he still had a great run.
Elijah, on the other hand, went undrafted in 2010. He has played on numerous G-League teams, he has played overseas, he has played in the NBA, and he just has not done very well anywhere. During his career, he has averaged 4.2 points with 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Elijah is currently a member of the Iowa Wolves, the Minnesota Timberwolves G-League affiliate. This season he averaged 15.1 points with 5.3 rebounds. He has played a very good season there and might get called up next year if he can keep it up. The brothers have always supported each other though, especially in the offseason when they work out together.
Chauncey Billups will always be remembered as one of the best point guards to play. After being drafted 3rd overall in 1997, he bounced around until he finally landed in Detroit where he won an NBA Championship as well as a Finals MVP. Along with those he was also a 5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA selection, 3x All-Defensive team. Billups is one of a few players who really struggled to start his career but found his way to becoming Mr. Big Shot and now is a great TV personality. His number was obviously retired by the Pistons.
Rodney was not so lucky for his career. After going undrafted in the 2005 draft he never made it to the NBA. He did have a decent college career after playing at both Los Angeles Valley and the University of Denver. Rodney went on to play 2 seasons overseas and did not do well there. He was selected in the 9th round of the Colorado 14ers in the 2006 NBA Development League draft which is now known as the G-League. He did not play however because he was more curious in coaching. After being an assistant coach for Colorado for 4 years, he is currently the head coach of his Alma Mater with an overall record of 31-29.
These brothers played together at one point but Goran is the far better of the two. Goran was taken with the 45th pick in the 2008 draft and has played better than his draft pick. He won the Most Improved Player award in 2014 while joining the All-NBA team that same year. Goran was also selected to his first All-Star game in 2018. He has been able to average 13.7 points and 3.1 rebounds with 4.8 assists. Goran has also done within the FIBA EuroBasket because he won the MVP in 2017. He has been the point guard for the Heat since he was traded there at the trade deadline in 2015. He has played remarkably well for a second-round pick.
Zoran Dragic is the younger brother.
He went undrafted in 2011 but still signed on with his brother's team in 2014. He really only played in the NBA for a single season. Zoran was included in the trade that sent his brother to the Miami Heat. During his NBA career, he only amassed 1.8 points with 0.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists. He is not even close to the player his brother is in the NBA. However, in the Slovenian League he is a 4x champion and in 2011 he won the Finals MVP. All the same, these two brothers have always supported each other and I believe the reason Zoran was signed to the Suns originally was because of how highly Goran spoke of him.
Horace Grant was a great player in the league. He was the 10th overall pick in the 1987 NBA draft. He was able to play from 1987-2004. In that time he was a one-time All-star, 4x All-Defensive team selection, and a 4x NBA Champion. He was there during Jordan's first 3-peat and also played with the Lakers during their first championship during the Shaq-Kobe Era. During his career, he had averages of 11.2 points with 8.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He was always known for his ability to be a defensive force in the league. He was an anchor for the Bulls and always was with Shaq and the Magic during their finals run where they were swept by the Houston Rockets.
Harvey was not as prominent. Although twin brothers, Harvey was in the 1988 draft, a year later than his brother, and was the 12th pick in that draft. Having played for 11-seasons and 3 different teams during his play time he was never anything special. Although having averages of 9.9 points with 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He never won an accolade but did his best to help his team everywhere he went. Although looking identical to his brother, his career looks far different from it.
J.R. Smith is by far the streakiest shooter in the history of the NBA. He will either give you an 8-8 performance or a 0-8 performance. Not to mention he seems to flourish when his shots are contested and usually airballs his wide open shots. J.R. was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2013 and NBA Champion with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He has played on 4 different NBA teams after being the 18th pick in the '04 NBA Draft. Smith also played for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in the CBA due to the shortened 2011 lockout season. He is one of the most polarizing players in the NBA today.
Chris Smith has not been so fortunate in his playing time.
After going undrafted in the 2012 draft, he got signed to the Knicks in 2013 but never got real play time there. From there he went to Erie Bayhawks where he played for 2 seasons and now he can be found overseas where he has played for 5 different teams in 4 different years. Chris never had his brother's ability to shoot and that has been quite clear from the beginning of his career. He never made it in the league but he is still earning checks somewhere.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, also known as the Greek Freak, could be considered the future of the league. Giannis was the early season favourite to win the 2018 MVP. Since playing with the Bucks in 2013 he has won the Most Improved Player award, All-Defensive team selection, All-NBA selection, and a 2x All-Star. He had his best career season this year with 26.9 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.4 blocks. He also shot the ball very well with 52.9% from the field and 30.7% from three with 76.0% from the line. Giannis came is as just a lengthy athletic player and has developed into one of the scariest players to defend in the NBA.
Thanasis never quite excelled in the league or even in the Euroleague. He was drafted 51st overall in 2014 by the New York Knicks. Thanasis only played in 2 games for them but even then he played on 2 different G-League teams. He fared far better with the Panathinaikos where he was named an All-Star for the Greek League and was also the Greek League All-Star game MVP. He played very well and might one day find his way back to the NBA. The support shown by these two brothers is hard to find. There have been pictures of Thanasis showing his support for NBA games and the ever more popular video of Giannis screaming and hollering during a Greek League game.
Dominique Wilkins will always be remembered as one of the greatest dunkers of all time. Given the nickname, "The Human Highlight Film" it is clear he is one of the best to throw it down and was able to earn two Slam Dunk Contests in 1985 and 1990. On top of that, he was also a 9x All-Star, 7x All-NBA selection, and also the Scoring title in 1986. Never winning a championship but was still one of the greatest to ever do it and proved that by being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. After being drafted in 1982 with the 3rd pick to the Jazz although traded on draft night to Hawks. He stated with the Hawks for the majority of his career, before he bounced around for a while and played overseas a couple of times.
Gerald Wilkins is much less known. After going to the second round with the 47th pick to the Knicks he went onto play most of his career there. He was constantly the second leading scoring behind the great Patrick Ewing. Although he did start for a while, his role decreased significantly after the arrival of John Starks. He never won an individual award but he did participate in the Dunk contest similarly to his brother where he finished 4th in 1986 and 7th in 1987. During his career, he had averages of 13.0 points with 2.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Klay Thompson is without a doubt a top-5 shooter in the league and might go down as the greatest catch and shoot player ever. In game 6 of the Western Conference finals, Klay went 9/11 on three-point shooting in that game. For 7 of those 9 made shots, he held the ball for less than a second. During his 60-point outing, he held the ball for a combined 90-seconds and dribbled the ball less than 20 times all night. It is tough to argue that he is not the greatest. During his career with the Warriors, he has averages of 19.2 points with 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists with 2.9 three-pointers made a game. He is a great player for the Warriors and is well on his way to winning his 3rd Championship.
We are talking about Mychel his brother and not Mychal his father.
Mychel went undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft but found his way to the G-League. He played with the Erie Bayhawks before getting the call from the Cavs to play with them for the season. After that he has really just bounced around the G-League since playing for the Bayhawks again, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, and the Santa Cruz Warriors twice. He also spent a season overseas. In his lone season with the Cavs, he had averages of 3.6 points with 1.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists while playing in 5 games and starting in 3 of them. Mychel is not his brother or his father and will be forgotten in basketball history.
John Paxson will forever be remembered as the man who hit the big shot in game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to win the Championship. He was drafted in 1983 with the 19th pick to the San Antonio Spurs. He spent 2 seasons there before playing the next 9 seasons with the Bulls and was obviously a crucial piece in their first 3-peat. The only accolade he won was the NBA Championships but he was always a reliable player. In his 11 seasons, he had averages of 7.2 points with 1.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting 49.9% from the field and 35.5% from three-point-range with 80.4% from the free throw line. He might not ever get into the Hall-of-Fame, but he is one of the greatest reasons that MJ is considered the G.O.A.T.
Jim Paxon had the better career but is still one of the more forgettable players. After being the 12th pick in the 1979 draft to the Portland Trailblazers he was able to play for 11-seasons mostly for Portland but the last 3 were for the Boston Celtics. During his career, he did have one All-NBA selection and had 2 All-Star appearances. He did that while averaging 14.3 points, 2.9 assists, and 2.0 rebounds. Jim had a much better career but because John was there during the three-peat and hit the game-winning shot for the Bulls in Game 6, he will always be the first name that comes to mind when you think of the Paxson Family.
DeMarcus Cousins has been revered as arguably the best center in the league when he is healthy and not suspended because of his technical fouls. During his career, this big man is a 4x All-Star and a 2x All-NBA player. After being picked 5th overall by the Kings in 2010, he has played extremely well and only gotten better. He was a big free agency coming up and quite an unusual one. A player who at one point was no doubt getting a max contract this summer has been stifled to maybe only getting a year or so. Being a big man with a ruptured Achilles is quite concerning so teams might want to be a little cautious in signing him to a big deal.
His younger brother, Jaleel Cousins, has not had quite the impact that DMC has been able to make. Jaleel went undrafted in 2016 after playing college at both Navarro College and the University of South Florida. He has played in the G-League for the totality of his NBA career with both the Texas Legends and the Reno Bighorns. Currently, he is on the Formosa Dreamers, a team in the Chinese League. He never really excelled but he is continuing his dream and hopefully can make it back to the league one day.
Both of these are sons of the great Rick Barry, the innovator of the granny shot during free throws. Brent came into the NBA with the 15th pick in the first round during the 1995 draft by the Denver Nuggets although he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. During his career, he was a 2x champ with the San Antonio Spurs in '05 and '07 as well as an All-Rookie selection and the Dunk Contest champ in 1996. His best times came while he was with the Spurs obviously but during his 15-year career, he averaged 9.3 points with 3.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Not great numbers but still good for a career role player.
Drew did not have it so well during his career. Drew was drafted in 1996 at the 57th pick to the Seattle Supersonics. He never won an award and never had a solid role on an NBA team. Drew only averaged 2.2 points with 1.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He played for a few different teams both overseas and in the NBA but he never really flourished anywhere. Having nowhere close to the career that His star brother Brent did. But this could have been about other brothers too because the Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry had 4 total sons who played in the league at one point or another.
Bernard King was a journeyman in the league but was still able to flourish in the league. He had 4x All-Star appearances with 4x All-NBA selections while also capturing the NBA Scoring title in 1985 by averaging 32.9 points. During his 14-year career, he had averages of 22.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. This Hall-of-Famer was known mostly for his ability to score at will and was always a team leader. After being selected 7th in the 1977 draft to the Nets, he played a mere two seasons there before playing with the Jazz for a season. He went on to play the Warriors for 2 seasons and then he really flourished in his time with the Knicks and Bullets to end his career.
Albert was now as good a player as Bernard King. Being selected in the 1981 NBA draft with the 10th pick and going to the New Jersey Nets. He did play for 9 seasons with 4 different teams during his time in the league and also played a few seasons overseas. Having never won any accolades in the league he was still a sustainable role player. He had averages of 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. Albert will never be in the Hall-of-Fame and will probably be one of the more forgettable players to suit up in the league.
George "The Iceman" Gervin. Known mostly for his time in San Antonia with the Spurs, George was always a solid player. During his play time, he was a 9x All-Star, 7x All-NBA selection, and a 4x scoring champ. not to mention his ABA accolades as well. George was able to make it into the Hall of fame as well. He did that by averaging 25.1 points with 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists along with 1.2 steals. His ability to score in a variety of ways is what landed him his 4 scoring titles as long as always being a threat to win a title even if he was never able to quite get there.
His brother Derrick is a much less known player.
Derrick was a 4th round pick in 1985. It was a much different time in the league. He only actually played 2 seasons in the NBA between 1989-1991 for the New Jersey Nets. In that time he played in 77 games while averaging 8.8 points with 2.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists with 0.5 steals. Derrick is clearly the lesser of the two bothers but that never stopped him from trying to pursue his professional dreams. Since leaving the nets he has played on 11 different teams varying between overseas and different leagues in America. All the same, not many people know about these brothers.
Jeff Teague is currently the starting point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves. They finally had a season where they made the playoffs since the Garnett era. Jeff is known mostly for his time with the Atlanta Hawks where he played for 7 seasons where he got his lone All-Star selection. During his career, he currently has averages of 14.2 points with 3.o rebounds and 7.0 assists. He did that shooting 44.7% from the field with 35.7% from three-point-range and 84.4% from the free throw line. He has been a very good player to have on your team and will give you scoring and assists as much as you need them.
His brother Marquis has not had that good of a career. After being drafted 29th overall by the Bulls in 2012, he played there for 2 seasons and since then has played on 4 G-League teams, 2 NBA teams and 2 foreign teams. In his NBA play, he has averages of 2.4 points with 1.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He did that while shooting 34.3% from the field with 22.2% from three-point-range with 66.1% from the free throw line. He never really showed up or showed out in the league but he still is playing in the G-League with aspirations to play alongside his brother.