They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and it seems these father and son duos were two peas in a pod. When these dads stepped onto the NBA court in the past, they had no idea their sons would follow in their footsteps in the future. Here are some of the best father and son duos to ever lace up their sneakers in the NBA.
Tito Horford and Al Horford
Al Horford is no stranger to current NBA fans as they have seen him working his magic on the court for the Celtics, 76ers, and Hawks. The power forward and center has impressed pretty much wherever he has played and earned himself five All-Star appearances as a reward.
He wasn’t the first Horford to play in the NBA however, and Al’s father, Tito, had three seasons in the basketball league. Horford Sr. played for the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons from 1988 before leaving the NBA to play internationally. He then came back for one more season in the NBA in 1993 with the Washington Bullets.
Dell Curry and sons, Seth and Stephen Curry
Dell Curry was no slouch when it came to playing basketball, but his son Stephen Curry has certainly overshadowed his father’s accomplishments on the basketball court. Dell played in the NBA during the 1980s and ‘90s, retiring as the all-time points leader for the Charlotte Hornets. He was named the Sixth Man of the Year in 1994, and he finally called it a day when he retired in 2002.
His son Stephen Curry is one of the best players of his generation who has won three NBA championships and two MVP awards. Dell’s other son, Seth, is also a pro basketball player who is a regular for the Dallas Mavericks.
Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers
Doc Rivers was by no means a bad player, but his time in the NBA will be best-remembered as a coach. As a player, Doc Rivers made just one All-Star appearance, but as a coach, he won the NBA championship with the Celtics. He is now the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, and in 2015 became the first NBA coach to train his own son.
Austin Rivers joined the Clippers in 2015 after trading from the Pelicans. Austin now plays for the Houston Rockets and will be hoping he can get his hands on an NBA championship ring while in Texas.
Mychal and Klay Thompson
There aren’t many father and son duos who can claim to have each won an NBA championship, but this pair can. In the 1980s, Mychal Thompson was part of the ‘Showtime’ Lakers side, and he won two championships there.
His son, Klay Thompson, became a superstar while also playing on the west coast of the United States, but with the Warriors. Thompson has possibly surpassed his father by winning three NBA championships and making five All-Star appearances.
We’d love to be around for the holidays when these father/son duos play a little pickup basketball in their backyards. If we were to guess, we’d say it gets more than a little competitive between them.