Many professional athletes are encouraged by their coaching staff to find a partner and settle down sooner rather than later. The theory may be that it helps the athlete to remain focused on playing their chosen sport, rather than getting carried away with the celebrity lifestyle. These NBA players didn’t waste any time in creating their own families, and it seemed once they had one kid, they wanted more. A lot more. While many of us are now settling for a couple of pets rather than starting families, these NBA stars of the past and present just wanted lots of kids. Parenting isn’t a competition, but athletes love to win, and these are the top ten NBA players with the most kids.
Shaquille O’Neal – 5 kids
Shaq is considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time – and for good reason, too. His career, which spanned almost two decades, started when he was drafted as first overall pick back in 1992. Since then, he’s gone on to break countless records, before hanging up his sneakers back in 2011. Shaquille O’Neal had four of his five children with Shaunie Nelson, who he was married to from 2002 until 2009.
He also has a daughter with his ex-girlfriend, Arnetta Yardbourgh. One of Shaq’s sons, Shareef, is currently making waves in college basketball as a power forward for the LSU Tigers. It’s been said that he has the “polar opposite playing style to his father,” so it’ll be interesting to see him progressing up the ranks.
Shawn Bradley – 6 kids
Shawn Bradley had a pretty solid and dependable career in the NBA as a center. He played for a handful of franchises during his career such as the 76ers, Mavericks, and Nets. Bradley may not have set the league alight with his performances on a regular basis, but in 1997 he was the blocks leader across the NBA.
This was probably helped by his huge 7 ft 6 in frame. Fans of the basketball movie ‘Space Jam’ may remember Bradley as one of the NBA stars who had their talent stolen. Bradley has six children in total, and all of his children’s names begin with ‘C.’ His kids’ names are Chance, Charity, Chelsea, Ciera, Chayenne, and Chase. With their father’s giant genes, maybe one day we will see some second generation Bradley stars playing basketball.
Scott Skiles – 6 kids
Former point guard Scott Skiles was a first-round draft pick in 1986 when he joined the Milwaukee Bucks. He moved around quite a lot during his basketball career, and after just one season with the Bucks, he joined the Pacers, before trading to the Magic, Bullets, and 76ers.
Skiles made his name as a player, but he also had a decent career as a coach, maintaining a job in the NBA until as recently as 2016 with Orlando. The point guard holds one record which may never be beaten, he recorded 30 assists in one single game of basketball. At home Skiles has six children, which is more than enough to help run his plays and figure out which tactics work best.
Danny Ainge – 6 kids
If you were to cut Danny Ainge, we’re pretty sure he would bleed basketball. The former Boston Celtics guard won the NBA Championship twice with his team during the 1980s, and he wanted to give something back. After retiring, Ainge became an executive at the Celtics and has so far helped his beloved franchise take an NBA Championship in 2008.
He didn’t just play basketball when he was younger though, and Ainge also played Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1979 to 1981. Basketball was his best sport though, and Ainge was very good at it. He has six children, with his son Austin helping him out at the Celtics front office, making it a real family affair in Boston.
Juwan Howard – 6 kids
Two-time NBA champion Juwan Howard had a career to be proud of. He started his professional basketball career in 1994 when he was drafted to the Washington Bullets, now the Wizards. Howard was the fifth overall pick at the 1994 draft, but he would have to wait almost 20 years before getting a championship ring.
The power forward and center didn’t find true success on the court until he was a veteran with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. Howard appeared to love his time in Miami so much he became the assistant coach there after retiring. At home, Howard has six children to keep him on his toes. He is heavily invested in philanthropy as the former NBA star does everything he can to help those who can’t necessarily help themselves.
Kenny Anderson – 7 kids
Big things were expected from Kenny Anderson after he was drafted to the NBA as the second overall pick in 1991. The point guard joined the New Jersey Nets and spent five years there before jumping around franchises until he retired in 2006. His career even took him to Lithuania in Europe, however financial trouble meant Anderson had to file for bankruptcy despite earning over $60 million from playing basketball.
The star had his first child while attending college at Georgia Tech, before having several high-profile partners after joining the NBA. Anderson has seven kids in total now, with several women, including Dee Dee Roper from Salt-n-Pepa, and reality TV star Tami Roman. After retiring, Anderson has made several cameo appearances on TV shows, although sadly, he suffered a stroke in 2019.
Shawn Kemp – 7 kids
Shawn Kemp was an intimidating presence on the basketball court, and during the 1990s, he was one of the best players in the league. His most famous time in the NBA was with the Seattle Supersonics as Kemp spent almost a decade with the franchise. Kemp has not hidden his disappointment at the fact the Supersonics were relocated and was rebranded as the Thunder in Oklahoma.
While Kemp didn’t win a championship, he was one of the most passionate players on the court. The player ran into some legal troubles after retiring, but he can fall back on his family life for happier times. Kemp has fathered seven children, with one of those kids, Shawn Kemp Jr., playing basketball in college for the University of Washington.
Scottie Pippen – 7 kids
Scottie Pippen was a huge reason why the Chicago Bulls won six NBA Finals in the 1990s, of course, the other reason was a certain Michael Jordan. When Jordan left the Bulls to go and play baseball for a while, Pippen stepped into his shoes and proved his worth. Jordan and Pippen were better together though, and they both have six championship rings from their time on the court together.
Pippen is an icon of the sport, and at home, he has a huge family with seven children. Pippen has more than enough kids to put his own team on the basketball court, and if they have their dad’s talent, they would be unbeatable. The small forward retired from the sport with numerous records to his name, cementing his legacy and place in the Hall of Fame.
Willie Anderson – 9 kids
Willie Anderson had a well-traveled basketball career after starting out playing for the San Antonio Spurs. His impact on the league was immediate after Anderson made the All-Rookie Team in his first season. Later he would struggle to find a home in the NBA, and Anderson went to Europe looking for a team. There were plenty of teams for Anderson, but there were also reportedly a lot of women in his life too.
Anderson has nine children, and it is believed to have fathered them with seven different partners. There was some success on the court for Anderson, and the small forward took a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Unfortunately, Anderson was never able to take an NBA championship in his eventful basketball career.
Jason Caffey – 10 kids
The aim of the game in basketball is to score more than your opponent, and the more you do that, the more chances you have of winning a championship. Jason Caffey played in the legendary Chicago Bulls team of the late 1990s, and he won two championship rings with the franchise. He could have been a part of that iconic three-peat team of the late ‘90s but was traded to the Warriors during the Bulls’ third championship season.
The player had a difficult ending to his playing career due to a variety of personal problems. It meant his career was cut short, but the player still had plenty of bills to pay. He has fathered 10 children in total, so he is still kept very busy despite retiring from basketball in 2003.
Calvin Murphy – 14 kids
Former NBA guard Calvin Murphy played for the San Diego and Houston Rockets during his basketball career for 13 years. Being a player under 6ft meant that Murphy often had to work harder than others to stand out from the crowd, earning him an All-Star spot in 1979. After playing for over a decade in the NBA, basketball fans remained familiar with Murphy as he turned to broadcasting with ESPN.
Murphy wasn’t just a hit with basketball fans, and he was also a ladies man. The basketball star has fathered a total of 14 children during his lifetime, with those kids coming from nine different women. There’s no doubt that Murphy takes the crown of NBA player with the most children, and possibly also the athletes with the most too.