Professional athletes seem to have it all: fame, fortune, and the ability to play the game they love while people cheer them on. When it comes to these men, they also have loads of kids. Here is our list of the Top 20 NBA Players with the Most Kids. Some people are meant to be parents and some are just…not. In this case, we have a combination of folks. Some of these guys seem to be great dads, and even pay homage to their children while on the basketball court. Others are a bit more aloof, and some of them are total deadbeats. Come on, 14 kids?! Really?
The negative side of this list is that a number of these professional athletes have knocked up more than one woman or have had children outside of wedlock. Add to that the mix-ins with the law, the filing for bankruptcy, and the drug abuse, and we have a recipe for parental disaster!
That is not to say that all of these dudes are deadbeats. For instance, there is a wonderful dad here who is totally open about loving on his kids, even while he is playing in NBA games! Now that is sweet, and true dad material.
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21 Ben Wallace (3)
41-year-old Ben Wallace may be doing more off the court nowadays, but that might be for the better. Wallace broke the record for worst free-throw shooting percentage among players in the NBA (<42%.) He is most known for his time on the Detroit Pistons, the team that won the championship in 2004. He also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, and Washington Wizards. In early 2016, the Detroit Pistons retired Ben Wallace’s #3 jersey number. Ben is married to Chandra Wallace and plays daddy to three young children. Even though he has a family now, that has not kept him out of trouble. He was charged with weapons possession in 2011 and was sentenced to a year behind bars for walking away from a crime scene (he only served two days).
20 Dwyane Wade (3)
Dwyane Wade may be a Chicago boy, but he is currently playing for the Miami Heat. The 34-year-old is the father of three children and has recently been dealing with an injury to his shoulder. Even so, he is contributing to the games and continues to help Miami score triple digits in their games. In a cute turn of events, Wade married his high school sweetheart, although they got a divorce after five years of marriage. That has not stopped him from being a family man. He does philanthropic work too, helping at-risk youth on the health, education, and social platforms.
19 LeBron James (3)
LeBron James is known to just about everyone in the world, even for those who are not so well-versed in professional athletics. Recently, his good friend (and NBA coach) Damon Jones spoke about how LeBron played a pivotal role in his career. We hope that LeBron is just as much a benefactor to his three children as well: Bryce Maximus, LeBron Jr; and Zhuri. LeBron married Savannah Brinson in 2013 and the 31-year-old basketball player is making a cool $24 million in 2016 while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now that is certainly enough to make his kids happy, no?
18 Chris Bosh (3)
Chris Bosh seems to be a fun dad, and we hope so, since he has three little ones of his own. The Miami Heat star recently made headlines for his silly faces on and off the court. Apparently it is all part of an elaborate game that Bosh has with his family. See, his wife and kids often sit courtside to watch daddy play, and those faces are Bosh’s way of communicating with his kids during the games. We have to say, it's pretty admirable for a pro athlete to look a bit foolish just to be a good dad. Kudos!
17 Chauncey Billups (3)
At 39 years of age, Chauncey Billups is now retired from the NBA, but in his heyday he was quite a basketball player. He contributed to 17 NBA seasons and also proved himself on the court at the University of Colorado. He has three children: Cydney, Cenaiya, and Ciara. Looks like he is going with the “C” theme! Ever since retiring from basketball in 2014, Billups has more time to hang out with his family and be a devoted dad. To recognize Billups’ contributions to the team, the Detroit Pistons plan to retire his #1 jersey in early 2016.
16 Deron Williams (3)
31-year-old Deron Williams may have more kids in his future, but right now he is the father to three little ones. His salary is not as impressive as others (although we would not complain about $5 million a year), but the pro b-baller is playing Point Guard for the Dallas Mavericks. Recently, people have been discussing Williams’ right arm (his dominant arm, of course) because he suffered an injury during a game against Milwaukee. Hopefully the soreness will subside and Williams can fully devote himself to the games. And we definitely hope that he is devoting himself to his family as well!
15 Dwight Howard (4)
Dwight Howard is the baby daddy of four kids while still continuing to play in the NBA. Well, it could be more according to rumors, but Dwight's admitted to having only four, so that's the number we'll go with. In recent news, he may be suffering the effects of bending over backwards (haha) for his family and team, as he is struggling with back pains. The team and his coach are concerned about his mobility and whether he will be able to fully contribute to upcoming games. Besides that, Howard has also dealt with drama off the court.
14 Larry Johnson (5)
Apparently Larry Johnson’s parenting record isn't all that great. It looks like he chose basketball over fatherhood. Johnson allegedly got four different women pregnant within a short timeframe, creating a sticky situation for his five children. So with five kids and four mothers, you could say that things look pretty bleak. Add to that the reports that he has about $300,000 in debt, and things spell DISASTER. The 46-year-old’s baby mama drama has definitely overshadowed the good he has done on the basketball court. Perhaps his parenting issues will be a lesson to other professional athletes – and all men, for that matter.
12 Royce White (5)
Royce White may only be 24 years old, but he has definitely been getting around. According to reports, he is the baby daddy to a number of women, some of which said they were pressured by White to get an abortion. You do the math: 5 children, 4 women, 1 Royce White. Hmm…while there is so much speculation, there are plenty of reports claiming that White is still very immature and has pretty much blown off his baby mamas, saying that he doesn’t have time to take care of a kid. If it's true, that's a shame.
11 Shaquille O’Neal (5)
Who does not know of Shaquille O’Neal? Besides being absolutely humongous, he is the father of five kids: Shareef, Amirah, Shaqir, Me’arah, and Taahirah. Shaq also belongs in the cool kids’ club of various sorts; he is in the New Jersey Hall of Fame, the Freemasons, and an investor in General Electric, Apple, and PepsiCo. And did you know that know only has skills on the basketball court, but he is also trained in the martial arts? Yup, he knows Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, boxing, and wrestling. We’ll bypass his reality television appearances, as well as the video games, but how about that appearance in The Lego Movie?
10 Juwan Howard (6)
At 43 years of age, Juwan Howard is now retired from basketball, but that does not mean that he is not busy. He is father to six kids: Juwan Jr; Joshua, Jace, Starr, Sky, and Jett. Moreover, even though he is not playing on the basketball court, he appears on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the Miami Heat (he played for the team from 2010 to 2013). Besides all of the work of coaching and parenting, Howard also does philanthropy, helping out the University of Michigan (his alma mater) and helping underprivileged kids in at-risk urban areas. Cool dad!
9 Scott Skiles (6)
51-year-old Scott Skiles may be an NBA coach now, but back in the day he played for the Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, Washington Bullets, and Philadelphia 76ers. As a coach, he has helped players on the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, and Orlando Magic. When Skiles is not coaching professional athletes, he is being a dad to six children.
8 Danny Ainge (6)
The Ainge clan is quite big, with Danny Ainge serving as the patriarch. His children are Austin, Ashley, Crew, Tanner, Taylor, and Cooper. The 56-year-old is currently serving as the Boston Celtics’ President of Basketball Operations. Previously, he worked as a pro athlete himself, both in basketball and baseball. The saying “like father, like son” works well in Ainge’s case. His son, Austin, is the Boston Celtics’ director of player personnel and his nephew, Erik, plays football for the University of Tennessee. How cute; it’s a family business!
7 Shawn Bradley (6)
We do not hear much from Shawn Bradley nowadays. The 43-year-old has retired from basketball after finishing his career with the Dallas Mavericks. Bradley also played with the New Jersey Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers. The public Mormon has earned such nicknames as “The Enormous Mormon” and “Stormin’ Mormon.” So it also comes as no surprise that he has quite a number of children; six to be exact. Oddly enough, all of their names start with “C”: Cheyenne, Ciera, Chelsea, Charity, Chance, and Chase.
6 Scottie Pippen (7)
Scottie Pippen is another retired basketball player, but Pippen is a little bit different, as he's still considered to be one of the most legendary Forwards in NBA history. He is the father of seven children: Antron, Sophia, Justin, Preston, Scottie Jr, Sierra, and Taylor. Not too shabby! He may be 50 years old now, but he has enough record-breaking feats to last a lifetime. Among those is being the one of two players to win an NBA title and Olympic medal in the same year – twice (1992 and 1996; he was also part of the “Dream Team” at the 1992 Olympics).
5 Kenny Anderson (7)
Kenny Anderson is the father of seven children, which may come as a bit of surprise after hearing that he was sexually abused as a child. A few years ago, Anderson spoke out about that dark time in his childhood. On two separate occasions (by two different people), he was sexually assaulted. Add to that the drug addicted mother he had growing up, and one might assume that he would be too scarred to have a family. He must have had to do quite a bit of inner healing to get past that and act as a competent father to his clan of children.
4 Shawn Kemp (7)
Shawn Kemp is now retired from basketball, but he made quite a name for himself back when he played for the Seattle SuperSonics. In fact, he still carries the NBA in his heart, and recently celebrated the demise of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who did not make the playoffs (since Seattle's team was moved to OKC and he wasn't pleased). Even so, he does have something to brag about; he was an NBA All-Star six times and played on the All-NBA Second Team three times.
3 Willie Anderson (9)
Willie Anderson is definitely one of the NBA players who will forever be remembered as a player. In the baby mama kind of way. He has reportedly knocked up seven different women and has a grand total of nine kids. That means he was getting busy every season of his basketball career (he played for nine NBA seasons). Besides his intimate drama, Anderson managed to snag a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in his team sport. Throughout his career he has played for the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, Olympiacos, Miami Heat, AEK Athens, and Maccabi Tel Aviv.
2 Jason Caffey (10)
Let’s talk about Jason Caffey. This is one guy who is struggling to find meaning after flourishing in the NBA. Back in the day, he played for the Chicago Bulls and helped them snag two championship titles. However, once his basketball career ended, things came crashing down. He tried to file for bankruptcy, he was sued for not paying child support (he has a whopping 10 kids), he was charged with assaulting a male stripper in 2005, and served time in jail. Ouch.
1 Calvin Murphy (14)
And the NBA player with the most kids is…Calvin Murphy! Now 67 years old, he was a power player for the San Diego/Houston Rockets in the 1970s and 1980s. After his professional playing career was over, he worked as a sports broadcaster for ESPN. That’s not the only thing he was busy with. Murphy fathered 14 kids with nine (yes, nine) women. 2004 was a tough year for Murphy, as he faced sexual abuse charges for assaulting one of his daughters. He was later acquitted.
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