Just about every professional sports league out there has been a home of successful and truly great second-generation athletes. Peyton Manning is, at absolute worst, the greatest regular season quarterback in the history of the National Football League. His brother Eli should one day join him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ken Griffey Jr. is, of course, the son of Ken Griffey Sr. Junior Griffey, as he was affectionately called at different times of his career, was one of the most-entertaining players in the history of Major League Baseball, a man who was as dynamic in the field as he was at the plate.
The National Basketball Association has also had its fair share of second-generation stars. Those of us who follow the league in 2016 are fortunate enough to watch one such star while he is in his physical prime. Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is routinely producing downright silly numbers during the current NBA season, and he seems to be well on his way to repeating as the league's Most Valuable Player. Curry is also a joy to watch on the offensive side of the ball, even if he does “freelance” and appear to take some time off when on the defensive side of the ball.
Not all second-generation NBAers can be stars who earn trips to All-Star Games and who make history. The first name who may come to mind, considering the state of the NBA and also the previous paragraph in this piece, could be yet another member of the Curry family. That individual is still, to his credit, a young player in the league, and there exists the possibility that he could blossom as has his brother. One would have been laughed at three years ago had he suggested that Steph Curry would one day be viewed as a better offensive player than LeBron James. There could still be hope for Seth.
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15 Ronnie Brewer
Ronnie Brewer begins the list, in part, because his NBA career seemed so promising early on. Brewer, the son of former player Ron, was a first-round pick of the Utah Jazz in 2006, and his second and third seasons in the league were solid. Brewer averaged 12.0 PPG in 2007-08, and he bettered that by averaging 13.7 points the following season. That would be the best that Brewer would achieve in the league. The Jazz traded him, and Brewer then floated around the NBA. The 30-year-old has generated some buzz while in the NBA Developmental League, so it's possible that he could make a return to the NBA at some point.
14 Cory Higgins
Rod Higgins had multiple successful tenures in the NBA. Higgins was a player for 13 seasons. After he retired as a player, Higgins made the switch to coaching as an assistant and then to working in NBA front offices. Cory Higgins, Rod's son, was barely a guy in the league. Cory went undrafted in 2011, and he was eventually claimed by the franchise then known as the Charlotte Bobcats. Higgins made 44 appearances during his time with Charlotte, and he last played in the league during the 2012-13 campaign. With no real NBA options in front of him, Higgins moved overseas to continue playing.
13 Luke Walton
Yes, we are throwing Luke Walton on the list, and we don't want to hear any snark from you fans of the Los Angeles Lakers who are out there. The son of Bill Walton may be a two-time NBA Champion, but let's be completely honest here. Luke could have been replaced by a handful of players and the Lakers would not have missed a step. Now that he is no longer playing, Walton could find himself a coaching candidate in the summer of 2016. Walton is serving as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors as of February, but that could change, particularly if the New York Knicks were to come calling.
12 David Stockton
One might think that the son of John Stockton would have the ability to handle and dish the rock stored up in his DNA. David Stockton is only 24-years-old, and thus he could still improve and ultimately become a decent NBA player. The worry here is that the younger Stockton made just three regular season appearances for the Sacramento Kings during the 2014-15 campaign. Stockton has not since seen a NBA court for meaningful action. He is playing in the NBA Developmental League as of the posting of this piece, where he is trying to retain a career that is currently on life support.
11 Andy Rautins
Leo Rautins was hardly a star in the NBA. He was in the league for only two seasons, and a had a total of three starts and 32 appearances before his days in the NBA were numbered. It appears that his son Andy won't even be in the league for that amount of time. Andy Rautins was selected by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft, and the product of Syracuse University played in all of five games with the club before he and the Knicks parted ways. Rautins is currently playing overseas and it looks like you can probably put a cap on his NBA career.
10 LeRon Ellis
LeRoy Ellis spent well over a decade playing professionally and he won a NBA Championship a single time. LeRon Ellis, however, is but a footnote in NBA history. This Ellis played in three non-consecutive NBA seasons, and he averaged 3.0 points per game during his time in the league. Ellis last played for the Miami Heat during the 1995-96 campaign. He was in headlines in February 2013 when he was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence. If that wasn't bad enough, Ellis took a mug shot that did him no favors and that helped his name go viral for a short time.
9 Larry Drew II
Professional basketball has been kind to Larry Drew. While Drew was not a all-time great player, he was able to find gigs as a pro for roughly 11 years. Drew later became a coach, and he is working as an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Larry Drew II has not yet had as much fun playing and working in North America. Drew II has only 12 NBA games on his resume, and he did not get a chance from any team right before the start of the 2015-16 season. Drew is now playing overseas, where the 25-year-old may have to remain if he wants to continue making a living as a player.
8 Glen Rice Jr.
If you are anything like us, you probably loved playing as Glen Rice in certain older video games. Glen Rice Jr. made his NBA debut in 2013 and there is a chance that he may never again be featured in a title that is playable on an Xbox One. The younger Rice spent some time in the NBA Developmental League before he had a chance to play for the Washington Wizards. Rice was unable to secure significant playing time while with the Wizards, and he made only a single start. Things went south for Rice in the fall of 2015 when he was shot in the leg and also arrested for marijuana possession. That's a bad night.
7 John Lucas III
The Lucas family has had ties to the NBA for the past four decades. John Lucas II spent much of his adult life in the league, first as a player and later as a coach and an assistant. John Lucas III has found some success as a player, but he has not been able to do so in the NBA. Lucas III was out of the league for three seasons at one point. The Miami Heat are, as of the posting of this piece, the last team to take a shot on Lucas III, but the team cut him before the start of the 2015-16 season. Lucas III is still at it in the NBA Developmental League, but time could be running out for the 33-year-old.
6 Coby Karl
Younger NBA fans who did not see George Karl back in the day may know him only as a coach. Karl's son Coby followed his father in more than one way. Coby Karl went undrafted back in 2007 and he spent time with a few teams up through the 2009-10 NBA regular season. During that time, Karl was largely an afterthought, and he was unable to find a long-term home while playing overseas. Karl was in the headlines in July 2015 when it was learned that the Sacramento Kings would not allow George to hire his son as a coach. Coby landed a job as an assistant with the Westchester Knicks.
5 Glenn Robinson III
Glenn Robinson III is not yet finished writing his NBA resume, but there are reasons to believe that things may not go swimmingly for him in the future. The talented athlete fell to the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft. Robinson has since played regular season games for three teams, and he has received some decent minutes while with the Indiana Pacers. His father, Glenn Robinson Jr., was the first overall selection of the 1994 NBA Draft, and Robinson Jr. was on a championship team in his final season in the league. Robinson III has a ways to go if he is going to catch up with his famous dad.
4 Mychel Thompson
Not to be confused with his father Mychal, Mychel Thompson went undrafted during the 2011 NBA Draft. After playing well for the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA Developmental League, Thompson was given a shot by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thompson earned three starts for what an awful Cleveland side and he made appearances in five games. Those five games would serve as his NBA career as it pertains to regular season games. Thompson has spent some time overseas, but it looks as if his NBA dreams may have hit a wall as of the winter of 2016. Mychel is the brother of NBA Champion Klay Thompson.
3 Drew Barry
Rick Barry is a Basketball Hall of Fame member who could make a significant impact on the game today if certain players went back and watched how Barry approached free throws. Drew Barry, Rick's son, largely had a forgettable career while in the NBA. The guard was not a prolific shooter of the ball. Barry only averaged 2.2 points per game during his brief NBA career. Barry entered the NBA in 1997 and he played his last game in the Association in 2000. He has since become known as the “Forgotten Barry Brother,” and Barry eventually transitioned to life as a broadcaster.
2 Patrick Ewing Jr.
Patrick Ewing is a New York Knicks legend even though he never won a title while with the club. Ewing was also a star for United States Olympic teams. Patrick Ewing Jr., however, never came close to reach such a status while playing in North America. The younger Ewing played in only a handful of games while with the New Orleans Hornets, and those appearances amounted for his entire career in the league. Ewing gave it a go overseas, but he was more so a journeyman than a key contributor. Ewing Jr. returned to Georgetown in September 2015 in an administrative role.
1 Seth Curry
It is hard enough being a second-generation athlete who has to try to be the second act of a family legacy. Along with being the son of Dell Curry, Seth Curry is also the younger brother of Stephen Curry. While Steph has become an international superstar and the new face of the NBA, Seth has more so been a star of the NBA Developmental League than somebody who has made significant impacts for the top teams in North America. Curry is just 25-years-old as of the posting of this piece, and he is receiving another chance in the NBA thanks to the Sacramento Kings. Maybe Curry will eventually play himself off of such lists.
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