It is commonly said that certain talents run in the family. In the NBA, it seems to have some truth. This season alone, we have five prominent families of brothers who are playing in the league at the same time.
Who are these brothers?
Seth and Stephen Curry, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors respectively.
Pau & Marc Gasol, who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers (recently waived) and Toronto Raptors respectively.
Kostas, Thanasis and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks respectively.
Cody & Caleb Martin, who both play for the Charlotte Hornets.
Aaron, Justin and Jrue Holiday, who plays for the Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans respectively.
Among these five families of brothers, there are five unique facts that we may not have noticed, namely:
1. For the first time, there are eight NBA teams with brothers playing in the NBA: Raptors, Blazers, Hornets, Bucks, Lakers, Warriors, Pelicans & Pacers teams.
2. For the first time in NBA history, 3 pairs of brothers were in the same game. These are Aaron & Justin Holiday, Brook & Robin Lopez, as well as Giannis & Thanasis Antetokounmpo. They all played in the 17 November 2019 regular-season game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers.
3. For the first time, a pair of brothers scored 20 plus points each within the same game and they are Aaron and Justin Holiday.
4. For the first time, a pair of twins signed with the same team from the start of their careers. Cody and Caleb Martin both signed their rookie contracts with Charlotte Hornets on the same day!
5. For the first time, a pair of twins both start and win in a regular-season game. Aaron & Justin Holiday were on the starting line-up as guards in the Nets-Pacers game.
How’s that for a season filled with brotherly love and family talent in the NBA?