Seeing sons of former NBA players playing professional basketball in the league has been a more common sight these days, especially with the emergence of Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and his brother Seth Curry as two of the most recognizable ones today.
However, Dell Curry‘s sons are not the only second generation players trying to make a name for themselves in the league today. Al Horford, Jae Crowder, Jerami and Jerian Grant, Glenn Robinson III and Domantas Sabonis are just some of the sons of former NBA players who are now following the footsteps of their fathers.
With the genes their dads have, it does not come as a surprise that their children have inherited them. In the future, more sons of league greats are expected to also showcase their talents at the highest level as early as now.
Allen Iverson‘s son, Jordan Lowery is ranked the best fourth-grader in the country and has shown some of the moves his father used to do regularly in NBA games. One thing that has set him apart from The Answer is his passing prowess and is more of a point guard with outside shooting.
Jaxson Williams,the eldest son of Jason Williams, has quickly become a YouTube sensation with the amount of views his basketball videos have reached. Just like his father, he plays as a point guard with fancy but accurate passing skills. At 14-years-old, he is already being scouted by college teams with the hopes of signing him in the future.
With his name, it’s no secret who LeBron James Jr.’s father is. The 12-year-old already received a scholarship offer from John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats to join their program six years from now. Should everything go according to plan, the father and son duo have a chance to play against each other professionally and be the first ones to it. With valuable lessons he can learn from the elder James, all signs are pointing to him being a pro just like The King.
His good friend’s son, Zaire Wade, is also a young prospect who has a bright future in basketball. He is considered the second coming of his dad, Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, but is working on having a more reliable jump shot and three-point shooting. At 13-years-old, he is nearing the age when he needs to decide which school to attend in the NCAA to make him eligible for the NBA draft. With his dad on his side ready to guide him, he’s definitely in good hands.
Perhaps the most NBA-ready high school and second generation player in the nation today is Shaquille O’Neal‘s 16-year-old son, Shareef. At 6-foot-9 with the ability to score either facing or with his back to the basket, he has dominated the high school competition even when he was still a freshman. Already expected to be part of the 2018 class, Shareef will guarantee that the legacy of the O’Neal’s in basketball will not end with his Hall-of-Famer dad’s career.
Although some of the aforementioned sons of former NBA greats still have a long way to go should they want to declare for the draft and also the possibility of them not choosing to pursue their basketball careers, it will be interesting to see how many of them will actually make it to the league in the future. With their skills sets and their fathers on their side, it will be difficult to imagine that they won’t all make it.