Now Reading
Sons & fathers that played in the NBA

Sons & fathers that played in the NBA

There are a few people that come to mind when you read this title. But then again, maybe none of them ring a bell at all.


The first one that would probably come to mind are Steph and Seth Curry, who are fathered by Dell Curry. Of course, we all know Steph, the starting Point guard of the Golden State Warriors that led them to there first championship since 1975. And then there is his younger brother Seth Curry that is currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks. 

Nowadays, father Dell is working as color Commentator on Charlotte Hornets television broadcasts. His NBA career started after he was the 15th overall pick by the Utah Jazz. After that, he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. When that season was done, he found his place at the Charlotte Hornets where he continued to play for ten seasons. He mostly came of the bench to provide instant offense, and shoot the three ball. He was often considered for the sixth man of the year, but he didn’t win that until 1993. After his time with the Hornets, he played one season for the Bucks and ended his career playing for the Raptors.

Seth Curry retired as the all-time leading scorer in Hornets history with 9839 points. 

Photo: Jesse D Garrabrant

Career Average:

Steph Curry – 23.1 points, 6.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds.
Seth Curry – 10.2 points, 2.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds
Dell Curry – 11.7 points, 1.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds


The second father/son duo that comes to mind is Austin Rivers. For the people that don’t know who that is he was drafted by the Hornets and after three seasons of playing there, he joined the LA Clippers.  There, his father, Doc Rivers is the coach. Austin has continued to play for the Clippers ever since.

Doc Rivers was drafted in the second round of the 1983 draft by the Atlanta Hawks, where he played alongside with the one and only Dominique Wilkins. He was a starter and averaged a double- double for the 1986-87 season with 12.8 points and 10.0 assists. After the Atlanta Hawks, he played one season for the LA Clippers, three seasons for the New York Knicks and ended his playing career with the San Antonio Spurs. 

Photo: Jerome Miron-USA Today Sports

Before coaching the Clippers, Doc was a coach for the Orlando Magics and the Boson Celtics. He started in Orlando and stayed there for four seasons. His second year there he won the Coach of the year award.  When he got fired after starting the season with a record of 1-10, he spent a year working as a commentator for the NBA. Then he went back to coaching the Boston Celtics, who he became champions with in 2008 by beating the Lakers in game six. In 2013, he went to the Clippers and in 2015 he became the first coach in the NBA to coach his son.

Career Average:

Austin Rivers – 9.1 points, 2.3 assists and 2.0 rebounds.
Doc Rivers – 10.9 points, 5.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds


The next guys we got for you are Tim Hardaway jr. and his father Tim Hardaway. Now that Jr. plays for the New York Knicks has a lot to live up to.  

Photo: Detroit Bad Boys

His father was the 1989 Western Athletic Conference player of the year. That year, he recorded 5000 points and 2500 assists, and was second fastest in NBA history after Oscar Robertson to do so. He did that in only 262 games. He shares the record for second most steals in an NBA Play-offs game with eight steals, and he was the seventh player in NBA history to average 20 points and 10 assists in a entire season, also he holds the Miami Heat’s all time record in 3-pointers made, with 806. Not to mention that he had one of the meanest cross-overs the game has ever seen.

Career Average:

Tim Hardaway Jr. – 11.6 points, 1.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds.
Tim Hardaway – 17.7 points, 8.2 assists and 3.3 reboundsnds


On to our next two. You all know this player. He is a amazing outlet-passer, can shoot the three-ball and is a strong inside player who gets a lot of rebounds. He began his NBA career in 2008 playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves and in 2010 he established the longest streak for consecutive games recording double figures in points and rebounds. In 2014 he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where in the 2015- 2016 he won his first championship ring. 

See Also

Photo: Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE

Yes!! We are talking about Kevin Love who is the son of Stan Love. Stan was the ninth pick in the 1971 draft, chosen by the Baltimore Bullets. Although he only played in the NBA for four years, he did play for three teams. Playing for the The Bullets, Lakers and the Spurs averaging a 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 fouls a game during his short career.

Career Average:

Kevin Love – 18.4 points, 2.3 assists and 11.4 rebounds.
Stan Love – 6.8 points, 0.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds


The last two we got for you is Mike and Mike jr. Dunleavy. At the moment Jr. plays 16 minutes a game for the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 5.6 points, 1.0 assists a game. He played for a bunch of teams (Golden State, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers and momentarily Atlanta Hawks). 

Photo: Ray Amati/NBAE/Getty

What is to tell about Mike Dunleavy Sr? Well he was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1976 Where he got to play alongside with the one and only Julius Erving. He played there for a year before he got traded to then join the Houston Rockets. With both of these teams he made it to the finals once but didn’t walk away with a championship ring. After that he also played for the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks.

After his playing career he also had a coaching career. he was a assistant coach for the Bucks and after that head coach for the LA Lakers, Bucks again, Trailblazers and LA Clippers.

Career Average:

Mike Dunleavy Jr. – 11.2 points, 2,2 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
Mike Dunleavy Sr. – 8,0 points, 3,9 assists and 1,6 rebounds

View Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

© We Are Basket is published by Behind the Arc

Scroll To Top