This is just a short list of current players in the NBA whose fathers also had notable careers in the league long ago. There may have been one or two players who should have been included, but these are probably the most interesting ones.
Larry Nance, Jr.
Since Larry has come to Cleveland, we have seen him making offensive put-backs, dunks, maybe an ill-advised outside shot or two. The consensus, however, is that he deserves a starting spot on the team even more than Tristan Thompson. We know that he now wears Number 22 on his uniform even as Larry Sr.’s jersey was retired in 1999. People surely remember Larry Nance, Sr., maybe for being part of the 90s Cleveland Cavaliers that came near to a championship before getting beaten 4-2 in the Eastern Conference by a Chicago Bulls squad led by Michael Jordan. Nobody knows if the Lebron James-led Cavaliers would get its inconsistency problems straightened out in time to make it to the NBA finals this year. What we do know is that Larry Nance, Jr. playing for the Cavs is the greatest tribute he can make to his father’s career.
Tim Hardaway, Jr.
He did well as a shooter in Atlanta, and then the New York Knicks gave him a huge contract. Without Kristaps Porzingis in the line-up, the unlucky Knicks have gotten eliminated again. Even before Porzingis had gotten injured, though, the Knicks were already in some ugly games. One such ugly game involved Hardaway, Jr., where he chose to make a shot and missed – instead of wasting away the time because his team was leading. The bottom-line is that the Knicks lost that game partly due to Hardaway, Jr.’s error in judgment. Afterwards, he left the team dugout before reporters could talk to him. That costly miscue in one game should not be enough to break anyone’s confidence. If you are a shooter, the idea is to keep shooting even when you’re missing. Tim Hardaway, Sr. was a point guard who shot the lights out for the Miami Heat, averaging 17.2 points a game aside from 10 assists in his first season with that team. He was also part of the “Run TMC” trio of himself, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullin during their stint with the Golden State Warriors.
By now, the Golden State Warriors’ hopes of keeping the NBA ring they won last year hinge on Steph Curry’s injury. We do not need to see the statistics to see that Curry makes all the difference to the team, even with three other All-Stars in the persons of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. That three-point shot that Curry can make from deep is something he probably inherited from his father, Dell. Who can remember Dell Curry, except as a video game character in an early version of NBA Live: the Playstation 1 version you may have played with a nephew in the late 1990s and the early 2000s? Dell Curry had a career in the NBA, though, just like Larry Nance, Sr.
The Utah Jazz has always been seen as playing intelligent basketball – during Jerry Sloan’s tenure, and now under coach Quin Snyder’s leadership. Last year, the organization gave tribute to the 1997 squad that faced the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the NBA finals of that year – and lost. It is shocking how quickly time passes: That happened 21 years ago? John Stockton, Karl Malone and current New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek made up the triple threat of the Jazz in 1997. In last year’s tribute, Stockton spoke and expressed hope that the 2017 team “would go all the way.” The 2017 team lost to the Warriors in an early exit, and they even lost Gordon Hayward to free agency afterwards. The current team has won a great number of games; surprising if you look at the line-up. You see Ricky Rubio who is shooting better and is looking like the second coming of himself, Joe Ingles still looking like a math teacher but currently hitting 45-percent from beyond the arc, even Jae Crowder, whom they got in a trade, is making points. Then the team also signed David Stockton, the 5’11” son of John, to a 10-day contract. David can draw the foul while driving to the basket, make the three point-shot, but is content to make the pass at most times. His father is still the all-time leader in assists in the NBA. At 26 years old, David will be a reliever, but will surely learn from a system that worked so well for his father.