When Shareef O’Neal, son of NBA fable Shaquille O’Neal, committed to Arizona on Wednesday, Sean Miller combined a five-star awaiting to his 2018 class.
Shareef O’Neal (ranked 19th in a 2018 category per ESPN.com.) is a 6-foot-8 energy brazen who competence still grow a few inches and supplement poignant flesh to his support in a entrance years. But it’s astray to review anyone to Shaquille O’Neal. There is usually one Shaq.
If Shareef O’Neal offers even a fragment of his father’s former presence, afterwards a Wildcats will benefit. He’s an intriguing talent who continues to enhance his diversion in a new epoch that final an array of skills from post players.
Still, mass frequency begets mass in basketball. In many cases, good players — or their larger sons — destroy to make identical impacts.
It’s some-more common for a gifted son to perform a dreams of a father who fell brief of his basketball goals or for a mythological father to watch his brood humour by comparisons fit by name yet not talent.
Here’s a list of a many important father-son combinations in new NBA and NCAA history.
Dell Curry, Steph Curry and Seth Curry
Before he warranted uninterrupted MVP honors and an NBA title, Steph Curry was usually Dell Curry’s son and an contingent unheralded partisan who sealed with Davidson after high-major programs upheld on his services. Dell Curry, a Sixth Man of a Year in a 1993-94 deteriorate with a Charlotte Hornets who done 40.2 percent of his 3-pointers in his NBA career, warranted a repute as a arguable sharpshooter after his stellar career during Virginia Tech. Now, he’s famous as a father of NBA luminary Steph Curry and once ignored yet rising star Seth Curry (12.8 PPG this season), who played college turn for Duke after transferring from Liberty.
Rick Barry, Jon Barry, Brent Barry and Canyon Barry
We haven’t even listed all of a Ballin’ Barrys here. Sorry, Scooter and Drew. Rick Barry’s basketball tree rivals any NBA legend’s. It all starts with him. Barry averaged 24.8 PPG in a flashy career that enclosed an NBA pretension in 1975, Rookie of a Year (1966) and 8 NBA All-Star nods. Jon Barry (17.2 PPG for Georgia Tech in 1991-92) done 39.2 percent of his 3-pointers in a 14-year pro career. Brent Barry played in a NBA for some-more than a decade too. The first-team All-Pac 12 preference from Oregon State also done 40.2 percent of his 3-point attempts and won a span of titles with a San Antonio Spurs. And Canyon Barry averaged 11.4 PPG for Florida, an Elite Eight squad, final season.
Bill Walton and Luke Walton
Today, Bill Walton is a must-see college basketball researcher who spends broadcasts articulate about all yet basketball. His collegiate and pro numbers were so unimaginable he warranted a mark on a NBA’s 50th anniversary all-time group even yet he struggled with injuries via his career. Walton won dual NCAA titles during UCLA, 3 National Player of a Year honors, dual NBA championships and dual trips to a NBA All-Star game. His son Luke Walton averaged 10.8 PPG as a comparison during Arizona. He afterwards won dual NBA championships as a notable purpose actor with a Los Angeles Lakers, whom he now coaches.
Mychal Thompson and Klay Thompson
After rising to a 53rd container in ESPN.com’s top-100 rankings for a 2008 class, Klay Thompson picked Washington State, where he averaged 17.9 PPG and done 39 percent of his 3-point attempts. Then he won an NBA pretension and warranted 3 uninterrupted invitations to a NBA All-Star Game. Great stuff, yet don’t forget about his father, Mychal Thompson. The latter, a No. 1 collect in a 1978 NBA draft, was a accord All-American after averaging 22.0 PPG and 10.9 RPG for Minnesota in 1977-78. He also won dual NBA titles as a backup for a Los Angeles Lakers in a 1980s.
Patrick Ewing and Patrick Ewing Jr.
The new Georgetown manager should give each awaiting a couple to his highlights on YouTube high. Patrick Ewing finished his NBA career as one of a biggest large group of all time. The Hall of Fame core and 11-time All-Star won a pretension during Georgetown before earning a desired mark on a NBA’s 50th anniversary all-time team. His son, Patrick Ewing Jr., can describe to Shareef O’Neal’s plight. He averaged 6.1 PPG as a comparison during Georgetown before a brief stop in a D-League. It is tough to follow a greats.
Shaquille O’Neal and Shareef O’Neal
It’s unhappy some immature folks competence know Shaquille O’Neal usually as a TNT commentator and not a many widespread large male in complicated basketball history. If we were a child during a Shaq era, we remember a fluid, gigantic, jaunty weird who manhandled a NBA for some-more than a decade, won 5 titles and cracked a few rims. All of this after a No. 1 collect in a 1992 NBA breeze dominated during LSU (21.6 PPG and 13.5 RPG over 3 seasons). No pressure, Shareef.
Larry Nance and Larry Nance Jr.
This is a many jaunty twin on this list. Larry Nance, who won a NBA’s asperse competition in 1984, also warranted 3 trips to a All-Star Game over a 13-year career. The 6-10 brazen averaged 17.1 PPG in an glorious NBA career and put an contentment of victims on posters. In college, he led Clemson to a usually Elite Eight coming (1980). His son, Larry Nance Jr., didn’t even moment ESPN’s list of top-100 recruits in a 2011 class. But he averaged 16.1 PPG and 7.2 RPG before a Los Angeles Lakers done him a 27th collect in a initial turn of a 2015 NBA draft. The 6-9 brazen averaged 7.1 PPG and 5.9 RPG.
Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers
The NBA’s stream premier father-son combo is sealed in a 1-1 array opposite a Utah Jazz in a opening turn of a playoffs. Both acknowledge they weren’t that tighten when Austin Rivers became a McDonald’s All-American in high propagandize and contingent one-and-done expert for Duke. They positively share a pedigree. Doc Rivers, a 1988 All-Star and former high propagandize All-American, is ranked 10th in NBA story with 3.3 steals per game. He led Marquette, that has late his jersey, to uninterrupted NCAA contest coming in a 1980s.
Michael Jordan and Marcus Jordan
Well, a bad news for Marcus Jordan is he faced farfetched expectations when he assimilated Central Florida’s program. How could anyone come tighten to arguably a biggest actor in a story of basketball? Not possible. The younger ensure averaged 15.2 PPG and 13.7 PPG in his sophomore and youth seasons, respectively, during a collegiate level. That’s not 6 NBA rings or anything, yet it’s distant some-more success than some of a children of other former NBA stars enjoyed.
Tim Hardaway and Tim Hardaway Jr.
Tim Hardaway, a owners of a torpedo crossover, cracked ankles in a NBA during a career that enclosed 5 All-Star appearances and a 17.7 PPG average. He also averaged 12.8 PPG and 4.5 APG during UTEP. His son and former all-Big Ten wing Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 14.5 PPG for a Atlanta Hawks right now.
The Kobe Bryant Category
Kobe Bryant didn’t attend college, so he doesn’t fit a prerequisites for this list. The five-time NBA champion is a son of Joe “Jellybean” Bryant who averaged 21.8 PPG as a sophomore during La Salle. After a army in a NBA, he became a star overseas. His son grown into one of a biggest players in NBA history.