Coming from a family of athletes may put a lot of pressure in some young men’s shoulders, as they feel like they need to live up to the expectations and continue the family business by standing out on their disciplines.
Some NBA players have come from a long line of professional athletes and wind up being even better than their folks used to be, while others wind up being roughly average players that barely make a living in the Association.
Over the course of history, we’ve seen a lot of players that have come from former NBA players, but just a handful of times we’ve seen others whose fathers were pro athletes in other disciplines. Today, we’ll let you know about 6 NBA players you didn’t know their fathers were professional athletes in other disciplines.
6. Jaylen Brown
The Celtics’ standout young man comes from a family of athletes, with his old man Marselles Brown being a 7-foot professional heavyweight boxer. Marselle holds a record for 33 wins (With 25 KOs) and 16 loses, and also was the 2016 World Boxing Union World Champion and the 2015 WBU CAM Heavyweight Champion. You definitely don’t want to mess with him.
5. Andrew Wiggins
The Canadian stud from the Minnesota Timberwolves also comes from a die-hard sports family, being the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and retired Canadian track and field athlete Marita Payne. While his mother is an Olympic Medalist after winning the silver in 1984 for his performance on the 4x400 meters relay, his old man didn’t find much success in the Association.
4. Joakim Noah
The former Defensive Player of the Year and hard-nosed competitor Joakim Noah is the son of Yannick Noah, a retired professional tennis player from France. He was the winner of the French Open in 1983, won 23 single titles and 16 double titles, climbing as high as the 3rd spot in the world ranking.
3. Shane Larkin
Shane Larkin hasn’t been able to live up to the family name after a couple of seasons in the Association, being the son of retired Major League Baseball player Barry Larkin. Barry was one of the most important players during the Reds’ 1990 World Series run. Also, the shortstop made it to 12 All-Stars, won 3 Golden Gloves, 9 Silver Sluggers and 1 MVP en route to the HOF.
2. Mike Conley Jr
As you could assume from the “Jr” in his name, Conley’s second in line from a lineage of athletes, being the son of former track and field Olympic athlete Mike Conley. Conley won silver and gold in the Olympics, being mostly remembered by his performances in the long jump and the triple jump, and he’s considered to be one of the best athletes of his era.
1. JaVale McGee
The perennial Shaqtin A’ Fool and 2 time NBA Champion also comes from a family of athletes, as JaVale’s mother Pamela is a retired women’s basketball player and assistant coach, being drafted with the 2nd overall pick of the WNBA’s Draft in 1997 to play for the Sacramento Monarchs and Los Angeles Sparks, also being an Olympic Medalist. Also, she’s the first WNBA mom to have a son and a daughter in the NBA and WNBA.