Brotherhood and the NBA
Family members competing against each other in the NBA is a common occurrence, with the prevalence of brothers plying their trade for teams across the League. Although father-son pairs are widespread too, due to a combination of genetics, early experiences and insider tips, the situation can be even more special for brothers as they get the opportunity to relive their childhood battles on the biggest stage.
Of course, when it comes to genetics, height is frequently the deciding factor. As the age-old adage goes, you can’t teach seven-foot, and it is little wonder that vertically-blessed brothers such as Miles, Mason and Marshall Plumlee and Luke, Tyler and Cody Zeller all joined the NBA with their physical gifts and the experience that come from challenging each other on a day-to-day basis.
Even among these giants, differences in playing styles can prevail. Pau and Marc Gasol have made their mark on the NBA since arriving from Spain and are both delightful passers from the post Pau is a natural scorer however, while Marc places a greater focus on defense. Identical twins Brook and Robin Lopez provide an even clearer example, with Brook showing advanced post moves from an early age and developing a deadly outside jumper later in his career, while Robin has made a living through defense and hustle.
Beyond height, length and athleticism matter too. The Antetokoumpo brothers are the torch-bearers in this regard, with Giannis establishing himself as a MVP candidate while Kostas has intrigued fans with his potential as the next ‘Greek Freak’. Their older but relatively shorter brother Thanasis previously suited up for the Knicks, and is currently a bona fide star in the EuroLeague, while younger brother Alex is garnering attention in the high school ranks.
Brothers with slighter frames have also managed to find success in the NBA, notably with the Curry brothers, as both Steph and Seth appear to have inherited a deadeye touch from their father Dell. Even more impressively, Rick Barry has nurtured all five sons into professional basketball players, including three in the NBA and current G League sniper Canyon Barry, who has adopted his underhanded free-throw shooting form.
The Holiday brothers are also staking their claim as the top brotherhood in the League, with Jrue having elevated his play to an All-Star and All-Defensive First Team level, while Justin was the first to clinch a championship ring with Golden State in 2015 after going undrafted. As a rookie, the speedy Aaron is eager to break out of his brothers’ shadows and do his family proud.