Earlier this week, Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef shocked a lot of people when he made the commitment to play for Sean Miller’s Arizona Wildcats. Many college hoops pundits thought that UCLA would be the frontrunner – so he could stay close to his family, while others looked to Shaq’s alma mater LSU as his eventual landing spot.
The Big Diesel himself said, surprisingly, that he wouldn’t mind Shareef heading to Lexington in 2018.
“I love — well, I can’t say I love UK,” Shaq said recently about Kentucky. “UK for me was always a tough place to play. It’s one of the schools on my son’s list. So, I don’t know where he’s going to go, but I’d love for him to play for a coach like Cal (John Calipari).”
Naturally, Shareef has gotten a lot of attention, both for his basketball skillset and for his famous last name. The latter prompted the question, “Who are the most famous father-son basketball player
Dell Curry And Steph And Seth Curry
It’s hard to believe it today, but there was a time when Steph was just Dell Curry’s son. When Dell retired in 2002, he was the Hornets all-time leader in points (9,839) and three-point field goals made (929). Now, Dell’s the father of two-time MVP and NBA champ Steph (Warriors) and surging Seth (Mavericks).
Rick Barry And Jon, Brent, And Canyon Barry
Rick Barry’s basketball offspring rival any other on the list even if it’s just sheer volume. Two of his sons, Scooter and Drew, aren’t even being mentioned here. It all starts with Papa Barry who averaged 24.8 PPG in a Hall of Fame career that included an NBA title with Golden State in 1975, Rookie of the Year honors in 1966 and eight NBA All-Star appearances. Jon (17.2 PPG for Georgia Tech in 1991-92) played pro hoops for 14 years and brother Brent played over a decade in the NBA as well, winning two titles with San Antonio in 2005 and 2007. This past season, Canyon averaged 11.4 PPG for the Florida Gators, who was a surprising Elite Eight squad.
Bill Walton And Luke Walton
Now, Bill is one of the most famous college analysts and Luke is the head coach of the Lakers. Prior to their current careers, Bill earned a spot on the NBA’s 50th Anniversary all-time team after winning two NCAA titles at UCLA, three National Player of the Year honors, two NBA championships (with the Trail Blazers in 1977 and Celtics in 1986) and had two NBA All-Star nods. Luke played for Arizona, averaging 10.8 PPG as a senior before winning a pair of NBA championships with the Lakers.
Mychal Thompson And Klay Thompson
Mychal Thompson was a consensus All-American after averaging 22.0 PPG and 10.9 RPG for Minnesota in 1977-78 and Portland’s No. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft and won two titles as a backup in Los Angeles (1987, 1988). Now, he hosts a daily radio sports talk show in L.A. He is also father to Klay, the other half of the “Splash Brothers” wth Steph Curry in Golden State. Mychal has two other professional athlete sons: Mychel, who was drafted in 2012 by the Cavs and currently plays in the NBA Developmental league and Trayce, an outfiedler for the Dodgers.
Patrick Ewing And Patrick Ewing, Jr.
Patrick Ewing ended his illustrious NBA career as one of the greatest big men in the history of basketball. He is a two-time Hall of Famer (selected in 2008 for his individual career and in 2010 as a member of the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team”) and 11-time All-Star and also was a huge reason behind Georgetown’s only NCAA championship in 1984. Patrick, Jr. played two seasons for Indiana and two for his dad’s Hoyas. He was drafted by the Kings in 2008 and is currently a free agent.