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Brothers Who Played in the NBA

The NBA is one of the biggest sports leagues in the world, and I have been a fan for nearly three decades.

Some brothers took their game from the playground to the NBA.

Some brothers took their game from the playground to the NBA.

Many siblings play sports together. It is not uncommon to see brothers play together on their high school basketball team. It is a bit rare to see brothers make it to the NBA. Imagine the how happy the parents must be to see more than one of their children make it to the pros! This article will look at brothers that were able to compete in the NBA.

The Morris brothers playing for the Phoenix Suns.

The Morris brothers playing for the Phoenix Suns.

1. Marcus and Markieff Morris

The Morris twins are similar in almost every way. They even have matching tattoos, so it is really hard to tell which is which.

Markieff, who is the older of the two by 7 minutes, was selected 13th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Marcus was selected next at 14th overall by the Houston Rockets.

On February 21, 2013, Marcus was traded to Phoenix; this reunited the two former Kansas Jayhawks players.

The brothers would play together in Phoenix for about two and a half seasons before Marcus was traded away to the Detroit Pistons. This was a salary dump move in order to clear cap space to try to bid for LaMarcus Aldridge's services.

Markieff took this as a betrayal on the Suns' part as they took a lower amount collectively in order to stay together. He demanded a trade soon after; he was traded to the Washington Wizards.

Ultimately, the move would backfire on the Suns as they lost two good starter-quality players and did not end up landing LaMarcus Aldridge. The brothers have bounced around various teams, but they have yet to reunite on the same team.

The twins have very similar stats. Markieff has a career average of 10.9 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game. Marcus has a career average of 12.4 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game.

The Zeller brothers were a constant presence in the NBA in the 2010s.

The Zeller brothers were a constant presence in the NBA in the 2010s.

2. Luke, Tyler and Cody Zeller

Steve and Lori Zeller are the very supportive parents of Luke, Tyler and Cody Zeller. They would drive hours on the road just to catch a glimpse of their sons' basketball games.

Luke was the basketball pioneer of the family as he influenced his younger siblings to get into the game. He was one of the team captains at Notre Dame where he was a good rotation player.

Luke went undrafted in 2009, but he was eventually picked up by the Chicago Bulls. He would have Summer League stints with the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs before getting a regular-season stint with the Phoenix Suns.

In his lone season in Phoenix, he averaged 1.2 points per game, 0.6 rebounds per game and 0.2 assists per game.

After playing five years of professional basketball, he became a color commentator, career coach and adjunct professor.

Tyler was the middle brother and was an integral part of the Tar Heels for four years.

He was selected 17th overall in 2012 by the Dallas Mavericks, but he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers along with Kelenna Azubuike for the 24th, 33rd and 34th pick of the NBA Draft.

After his stint with Cleveland, Tyler became a sort of journeyman. He has played for Boston, Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Memphis and San Antonio. For his career, he averaged 6.9 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 0.9 assists per game. Tyler's career ended in 2020 after being waived by San Antonio.

Cody is the youngest of the Zellers and was a standout at Indiana State University. He was picked 4th overall in 2013 by the Charlotte Hornets. He played for Charlotte until he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2021. He was waived in 2022. For his career, Cody has averaged 8.5 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per game.

The Barrys are a basketball dynasty.

The Barrys are a basketball dynasty.

3. Jon, Brent and Drew Barry

Rick Barry was a legend in the NBA and ABA. He also led the Golden State Warriors to their last championship before Steph Curry and company won it all in 2015.

Rick had three sons who went on to play in the NBA - Jon, Brent and Drew.

Jon was the eldest of the three siblings; he played for the University of the Pacific and Georgia Tech in college.

He was selected 21st overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1992 NBA Draft. He was then traded along with Eric Snow to Milwaukee for Alaa Abdelnaby.

After his stint in Milwaukee, Jon would be a journeyman. He had stops in Golden State, Atlanta, Los Angeles (Lakers), Sacramento, Detroit and Houston. For his career, he averaged 5.7 points per game, 1.8 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game.

Brent was the middle son of this trio and was the most successful. He not only won the 1996 Slam Dunk Contest but was part of two Spurs championship teams (2005 and 2007). Brent played college in Oregon State University. He would go on to be selected 15th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 1995 NBA Draft. He had played for Los Angeles (Clippers), Miami, Chicago, Seattle, San Antonio and Houston. For his career, he averaged 9.3 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per game.

Drew is the youngest of the trio. He played for Georgia Tech in college and would go on to be selected 57th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Draft. He would go on to have a short stint in the NBA with Atlanta, Seattle and Golden State. For his career, he averaged 2.4 points per game, 0.5 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game.

The Smith brothers as members of the New York Knicks.

The Smith brothers as members of the New York Knicks.

4. J.R. and Chris Smith

J.R. is the elder of the two siblings. He played for Lakewood High and Saint Benedict's Preparatory School. He decided to forego college and declared for the NBA Draft. He was selected 18th overall by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2004 NBA Draft.

J.R. had excellent athleticism and was a participant in the 2005 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. He would later on develop a three-point shot and would gain respect as a shooter. While J.R. is one of the most athletic and talented players in the league, he does not have the highest basketball IQ.

He is best remembered for costing the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals by not being aware of the score and using up valuable time trying to dribble off the clock. LeBron then alerted him of his error, and J.R. quickly passed it off to George Hill. George missed the shot as time expired.

J.R. would spend time playing for New Orleans, Denver, New York, Cleveland and Los Angeles (Lakers). For his career, he has averaged 12.4 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 2.1 assists per game. J.R. has won two championships - one with the Cavs in 2016 and one with the Lakers in 2020.

Chris is the younger brother. He attended college in Manhattan and Louisville before he declared for the 2012 NBA Draft. However, he went undrafted.

He joined the New York Knicks' Summer League team in 2012 and 2013. He had a short stint playing for the Knicks in the 2013-14 season.

Steph and Seth Curry.

Steph and Seth Curry.

5. Steph and Seth Curry

Dell Curry is a famous figure in the history of the Charlotte Hornets as he was one of their best players of all time. Dell was a deadly shooter in the NBA for 15 seasons. He was a perennial 6th Man of the Year candidate and a one-time winner in 1994.

Dell has two sons who went on to play in the NBA - Steph and Seth.

Steph is the elder of the two siblings. He played for Davidson in college and was selected 7th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2009 NBA Draft. Steph always had great potential, but he was riddled with injuries early in his career.

When Steph finally became healthy, he became an MVP-caliber player and won the award in 2015 and 2016, with the 2016 win being unanimous. Steph has spent his entire career in the Bay Area, and he has won four championships (2015, 2017, 2018 and 2022). He would also shatter several three-point records. In 2021, he surpassed Ray Allen's NBA record for career three-pointers.

For his career, he has averaged 24.3 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 6.5 assists per game.

Seth is the younger of the two. He played for Liberty and Duke in college and went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. He would go on to have stints in Memphis, Cleveland, Phoenix, Sacramento, Dallas, Portland, Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

For his career, he has averaged 11.3 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game.

While Seth is close to being Steph in terms of accuracy, he lacks the volume as he does not have the green light to shoot all he wants.

More Notable NBA Siblings

Here are some other brothers who have played in the NBA together.

Giannis, Kostas, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo

The Antetokounmpo family has produced three NBA champions. Giannis joined the league in 2013 and has become the star of the Milwaukee Bucks. Thanasis would make his NBA debut in 2016 with the New York Knicks. He would join his brother by signing with the Bucks in 2019. Kostas had a stint with the Los Angeles Lakers between 2019-2021. Kostas became a champion in 2021 while Giannis and Kostas became champions together in 2020. There is another brother named Alex, but he went undrafted in the 2021 Draft. He has yet to sign with any NBA team.

LaMelo and Lonzo Ball

LaVar Ball may be a controversial figure, but he knows how to raise NBA players. He has two sons in the league, LaMelo and Lonzo. LaMelo was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 2020. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2021, and he was an All-Star in 2022. Lonzo was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017. There is a third brother named LiAngelo. He has not been able to play in the NBA yet.

Juancho and Willy Hernangómez

These Spanish brothers both joined the NBA in 2016. They have both bounced around various teams, but they have never played together.

Aaron, Jrue and Justin Holiday

Yes, we have another family with three brothers in the NBA. Justin and Jrue managed to play together for one season together in Philadelphia. Aside from that, none of the Holiday brothers have managed to play for the same team. Justin and Jrue have both won championships. This accolade still eludes Aaron.

Brook and Robin Lopez

The Lopez brothers joined the NBA in 2008. Robin has bounced around various teams while Brook spent nearly a decade with the Brooklyn Nets. They played together for a season with the Milwaukee Bucks before Robin signed with the Washington Wizards. Brook has won an NBA championship.

Caleb and Cody Martin

The Martin twins both entered the NBA in 2019. Cody was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets while Caleb went undrafted. However, Caleb joined his brother on the team shortly afterwards. Caleb has since moved on to the Miami Heat.

Jalen and Jaden McDaniels

Jalen signed with the Charlotte Hornets in 2019 while Jaden signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2020.

Horace and Harvey Grant

Both of these twins had careers that spanned over a decade. Harvey spent seven seasons with the Washington Bullets/Wizards. Horace spent seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls. As a teammate of Michael Jordan, Horace won three championships during Chicago's first three-peat of title wins in the 90s. He would win another title in 2001 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jim and John Paxson

Jim spent most of his career playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. His career lasted from 1979 to 1990. John spent most of his career (which ran from 1983 to 1994) with the Chicago Bulls. He became a three-time NBA champion.

Caldwell, Charles, Major and Wil Jones

The Jones family accomplished an incredible feat by producing four pro basketball players. Caldwell played in the NBA for 14 seasons; his career ran from 1976 to 1990. He spent most of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. Charles played for 16 seasons. He won an NBA championship with the Houston Rockets in 1995. Major spent six seasons in the league. He managed to play with Caldwell for two seasons in Houston. Wil, the oldest of the siblings, played for two seasons in the league.

Relatives in the NBA

Here are some NBA players that, while not siblings, are still related to each other. To see some father and son players, check out this article.

Damon and Salim Stoudamire and Grant Williams

These three players are all cousins. Damon enjoyed a lengthy career that lasted from 1995 to 2008. Salim spent three seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. Grant entered the NBA in 2019.

Gerald and Danny Green

Gerald and Danny are second cousins. Gerald's biggest accolade was winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 2007. Danny is a three-time NBA champion. He won the title playing for the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, the Toronto Raptors in 2019 and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.

Dominique and Damien Wilkins

We have an uncle and nephew pair here. Many know that Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins has an older brother that played in the NBA. That brother, Gerald Wilkins, also has a son that played in the league. Damien Wilkins spent about a decade in the NBA before he went to play abroad.

Julius Erving and Jeff Halliburton

Jeff Halliburton only spent two seasons in the NBA. Even if he had a longer career, he still would have been overshadowed by his cousin, the legendary Julius "Dr. J" Erving. They both went pro in 1971, but their careers couldn't be any more different.

Cory and Kris Joseph

These Canadian cousins have both enjoyed lengthy basketball careers. Cory entered the NBA in 2011, and he won a championship in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs. Kris only played for two seasons in the NBA, but he has enjoyed a professional career in France and Canada.

Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady

These cousins have 15 All-Star selections between them. They managed to play together for two seasons for the Toronto Raptors. They also won gold medals together representing the U.S. at the 2003 FIBA Americas Championship.

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