7 Greatest Basketball Sibling Pairings Ever

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistSeptember 26, 2012

7 Greatest Basketball Sibling Pairings Ever

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    Basketball isn't what you would call a typical business, but that doesn't mean some of its "workers" don't like to keep it in the family.

    It's difficult to imagine one member of your family bursting on to the national basketball scene, right? Well how about two? Or more? How inconceivable is that?

    From where we're sitting, it seems nearly impossible. But the reality is it's happened more than we realize. Plenty of siblings have entered the basketball spotlight together and plenty more will continue to do so.

    Is it still a rarity? Absolutely, but it's one that we must come to appreciate because of how difficult, and somewhat inspirational it is.

    But which siblings have captured our attention more than others? Which siblings—both brothers and sisters—have not only actualized what appears impossible, but dominated it?

    I'd like to tell you this isn't going to get personal, but I'd be lying, because the fact is, when you keep it in the family, it's always personal.

Basketball Siblings to Keep Your Eyes on

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    Jeff and Marquis Teague — Jeff is currently the starting point guard for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks (I don't care what Devin Harris says) while Marquis is fresh out of the fine school of Kentucky, preparing to begin his career with the Chicago Bulls. Both are crafty ball-handlers and extremely athletic, and they could be seeing more of each other than anticipated. With Derrick Rose on the mend, Marquis stands to see more playing time then he would have, so Bulls-Hawks games should be interesting just for the sheer reason of watching a sibling rivalry unfold. This is a pairing we'll definitely want to keep an eye on.

    Marcus and Markieff Morris — This set of twin brothers turned prolific forwards both played their college ball at Kansas, and entered the 2011 NBA draft together. Marcus has set up shop with the Houston Rockets, where they are still waiting for him to reach some kind of expectation, while Markieff experienced moderate success in his first season with the Phoenix Suns. This is certainly another sibling duo we'll need to pay attention to.

    Brandon and Kareem Rush — Bet you weren't aware of this one, were you? Kareem spent 7 years in the NBA, as recent as the 2009-10, in fact. He experienced a three-year period of mild success before fazing out just in time for his brother Brandon to burst onto the seen. Brandon has found a niche with the Golden State Warriors, a team that saw him greatly improve his talents and worth last season. Perhaps with a little bit of luck, on Kareem's part, this sibling duo will ride together in the NBA again.

    Brook and Robin Lopez — Both twin brothers were first-round picks in 2008, though Brook was taken in the lottery. While Brook has had his fair share of injury problems, he's proven to be one of the best scoring centers in the league, and he recently just inked a lucrative extension that will pay him nearly $60 million. Robin, on the other hand, has not been so fortunate. He's yet to put together a stretch of consistent performances, and is running out of time if he wants to be considered more than wasted potential. Yet another current pairing we need to watch out for.

Honorable Mentions

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    Albert and Bernard King — You know Bernard as one of the most dominant scorers the NBA has ever seen, but I bet you don't know his brother Albert. Though his brother had a highly-touted 14-year career in the Association, Albert managed to grind his way through nine seasons himself. No, there were no All-Star appearances for Albert, but he did average 12.1 points per game for his career, and 17 points in his sophomore season. And as a collective, such resumes are anything but disappointing.

    Brent and Mark Price — These brothers were both perennial sharp-shooters. That said, Brent was only able to carve out a nine-year career that saw him average 5.9 points and three assists per game. Mark, on the other hand, put together an impressive 12-year run that saw him average 15.2. points and 6.7 assists per game, in addition to a handful of All-Star selections.

    Jarron and Jason Collins — Largely in thanks to their near seven-foot structures, these twin brothers both managed to become NBA fixtures. Jarron ran out of work after 10 years of service, while Jason is preparing to enter his 12th season in the league. Both are living, breathing proof that size does in fact matter.

    Joey and Stephen Graham — The twin brothers played at Oklahoma State together, and subsequently entered the NBA together as well. Joey was drafted in the first-round of the 2005 pool, while Stephen was forced to find a home for himself, after he wasn't selected. Joey's career was a major disappointment, as he lasted just six years. Stephen, on the other hand, lasted six years himself, which is quite an accomplishment for someone who wasn't taken in his draft year.  

7. Jeff and Stan Van Gundy

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    No, they're not players, but they're two of the most colorful coaches—and announcers—the NBA has ever seen. And they're brothers to boot.

    Jeff spent time as the head coach for both the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, while Stan has seen stints with the Miami Heat and most recently, the Orlando Magic.

    Between the two brothers, Team Van Gundy has netted over 800 wins, which is pretty impressive seeing how they have less than 20 years of experience between them.

    Barring any unforeseen events, we will probably not get to see either of them trot up and down the sidelines screaming at referees this season. 

    That said, we're bound to get plenty of unreserved and unfiltered on-air analysis, ensuring we get out NBA-related Van Gundy fix in.

6. Dick and Tom Arsdale

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    Three cheers for volume scorers. Strike that, make it two.

    Dick and Tom Arsdale were prodigies at Indiana before making their NBA debut in 1965.

    Both earned All-Rookie honors after their inaugural campaigns, and both were also named to three All-Star teams.

    Dick spent his entire 12-year career with just two teams, while Tom bounced around, playing for six organization during his 12-years in the league. Tom also holds the record for most regular season games played without a playoffs appearance.

    Each brother was also able to average over 20 points per game for at least one season as well.

    Though neither player is what you would consider a household name, both were able to piece together respectable, and almost identical—in terms of stats and tenures—careers in the NBA.

    Not bad for a couple of brothers who played both their high school and college ball together, is it?

5. Brent, Drew and Jon Barry

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    Here's that group of the brothers thrice I was talking about.

    Drew Barry lasted just three seasons in the NBA, before being forced to look elsewhere, seeing anything but consistent playing time everywhere he went.

    It gets a little better for Jon, who played in the league for 14 years as one the most dangerous three pointers in the game.

    Brent is the true star of this triumvirate, though, as he was the closest thing to a bona fide starter this trio of relatives boasted. He earned All-Rookie honors during his inaugural campaign, shot over 40 percent from behind the arc for his career and helped the Spurs capture two NBA titles, in 2005 and 2007.

    Now, as you continue to be left in awe at the reality of three brothers making it to the Big Time, keep in mind that the NBA was in their genes. They're father, Rick Barry, made a name for himself as well. 

    In fact you might of heard of him; does that name ring a bell to you? Of course it does, because he's a Hall of Famer.

    And while none of his children are likely to see the light of such an honor, it's a major accomplishment just to have beaten the odds and make it to basketball's biggest stage—four times in this case.

    That's nothing short of spectacular.

4. Harvey and Horace Grant

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    Horace Grant you've undoubtedly heard of. Harvey Grant, though? Probably not so much. And that's a shame.

    Horace spent 17 years in the league, in which he won three championships alongside the man known as Michael Jordan, another with the Lakers and four All-Defensive team honors to boot.

    Harvey, while lesser known, had a stellar career himself as well. He spent 11 seasons in the NBA, reaching his peak with the Wizards, where he averaged over 18 points per game for three straight years. He also led the NBA in turnover percentage between 1992-94. 

    And even when pitted against Grant's accolades—the four championships which were a result of favorable situations–that's not too shabby. Not too shabby at all, in fact.

    Just like the effectiveness and talent level of these two siblings.

3. Dominique and Gerald Wilkins

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    Remember the high-flying, incredibly elusive Dominique Wilkins? Well, he had a brother Gerald, who was a formidable NBA player as well.

    Dominique's career was marked by two slam-dunk contest victories, All-Rookie honors, seven All-NBA team selections, a scoring title and nine All-Star selections.

    Gerald's career wasn't quite as illustrious, and he never achieved any notable honors. That said, he managed to last 13 years in the rigorous league we know as the NBA, and averaged 10 or more points per game in 10 of those.

    Clearly, Dominique's tenure was more prolific, but both athletes were abundantly capable. More than that, though, their careers came to the family-perfect ending.

    Both Dominique and Gerald called it quits after the 1998-99 campaign, in which the two played for the Orlando Magic.

    If that's not the quintessential example of having strong family ties, I don't know what is.

2. Cheryl and Reggie Miller

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    These two siblings have been all about breaking barriers.

    Cheryl Miller is widely considered the greatest female basketball player of all-time.

    In her senior year of high school, she scored 105 points in a single game, then went on to USC, where she won back-to-back national championships, was named Naismith College Player of the Year three times and earned two NCAA Tournament MVP awards.

    Though Cheryl pre-dates the WNBA, she helped lead the USA women's basketball team to a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics. After bouncing around numerous professional leagues, knee injuries forced her to hang her kicks up for good, but not without leaving a lasting impression.

    Reggie was no slouch either. He spent 18 years in the NBA that saw him average 18.2 points per game, shooting nearly 40 percent from beyond the rainbow. He never captured that elusive title, but he made five All-Star appearances and earned All-NBA honors for three years.

    But that's not why Cheryl and Reggie are so special—well, it is, but only it's only part of it. They are currently, the first, and only, brother-sister duo to be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

    And that's saying something.

1. Marc and Pau Gasol

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    Both Marc and Pau Gasol are still shooting, and the NBA couldn't be happier.

    Not only are these behemoths brothers, but they were traded for one another back in 2008, as if their relation didn't call for enough interest.

    Pau is a two-time NBA champion, four-time All-Star, three-time member of the All-NBA team and 2002's rookie of the year.

    But don't let his success fool you. His brother, Marc, has plenty to show for his efforts as well. He's fresh off his first All-Star appearance, finished ninth in total rebounds (459) and fifth in total blocks (121) last season, and has helped transform the Grizzlies from a laughing stock into a postseason favorite.

    What makes these two such a great pairing, though, lies not just within their talents, but their quest for success. They play in the same conference, so the road to a championship could very well lead through each other and the've both established themselves outside each other.

    Yes, the Gasols are two of the NBA's best big men, and there's no doubt that as far as siblings go, they're the best we've ever season.