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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.

NBA brothers

NBA brothers

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 twins have very similar stats. Markieff has a career average of 11.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists per game. Marcus has a career average of 12.1 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game.

Zeller brothers

Zeller brothers

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 has since become a color commentator, career coach and adjunct professor.

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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 has averaged 9.9 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 0.9 assists per game.

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.

So far he has been a Charlotte lifer and has remained with the team that drafted him. For his career, he has averaged 8.6 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per game.

The Barrys

The Barrys

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

The Smith brothers

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 and then 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 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 has won three championships (2015, 2017 and 2018). He would also shatter several three-point records and currently holds the record for most three-pointers in a season with 402.

For his career, he has averaged 23.5 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and 6.6 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 and Portland.

For his career, he has averaged 10.1 points per game, 1.7 rebounds per game and 2.0 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.

© 2020 Jan Michael Ong

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