Where do the Warriors guards rank on the list of best father-son duos?

5/14/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

One of the many reasons why this year's Warriors team has captured the imagination of so many basketball fans is their multi-generational appeal.  The second generation players on the Warriors, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, are leading the team on an impressive playoff run and making basketball fans that watched their dads play feel old.

May 8, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots against San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (4) during the first half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY SportsMychal Thompson and his son Klay couldn't have more different games.  Mychal was a 6'10" PF/C and was one of the top rebounders in the league in the early 1980's.  He played his first seven seasons with the Trail Blazers, spent half a season with San Antonio and finished his career off with the Lakers, where he won two championships with Magic and the gang.  His son, however, is a lights out shooter with perfect form.  Klay is in his second year in the pros and shot 40% from three this season.

The Currys are much more similar in their playing styles.  Dell is an inch taller and five pounds heavier (when he played) than his son, and Steph is a much more prolific scorer, but both Currys could drain it from deep.  Dell was a career 40% three point shooter and led the league with a 47% mark from distance in 1998-99.  Steph is a career 44% three point shooter and is this year's playoff leader in assists and three point field goals made and attempted.  And there's another Curry at Duke who can shoot the lights out too.  

Curry and Thompson are the most visible basketball sons still playing, but they're far from the only ones we've seen.  There have been 51 father-son combinations in the NBA, including top picks, future hall of famers, and a whole lot of sharpshooters.  

1.  Joe and Kobe Bryant:  Joe "Jellybean" Bryant played eight seasons in the NBA for the 76ers, Clippers, and Rockets.  The 6'9" Bryant went to the NBA finals with the 76ers in 1977, where he would lose to fellow NBA dad Bill Walton and the Portland Trail Blazers.  Bryant finished his career overseas and then went on to coaching, both in the WNBA and abroad.  His son, Kobe, has had some success playing pro ball and, no disrespect to Joe, did most of the heavy lifting to get the Bryants to the top of this list.  

2.  Jimmy Walker and Jalen Rose: Walker was not a part of his son's life growing up, but he passed on plenty of talent to his son.  Walker was the first selection in the 1967 draft and played until 1976, racking up over 11,600 career points for the Pistons, Rockets, and Kings.  Walker averaged 16.7 points and 3.5 assists per game over his career.  
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5/17/13   |   andphidom

This is a GREAT article! Really really well done. Props!

p.s. Reminisce on Steph's 272 3 pointers: