Is athleticism, including basketball skills, genetically determined? That’s a question that has yet to be answered definitively by science. However, the number of successful siblings in the NBA certainly makes quite a compelling argument.
More than 60 sets of brothers have played in the NBA, many of these siblings making a strong mark in the world’s premier professional basketball league. The dynamics of such relationships are often interesting, as most of these brothers played in the NBA at the same time but with different teams. It’s very natural for people to ask, “Who is the stronger/strongest player between these brothers?” which of course casts a shadow on the “less skilled” sibling.
But brothers will be brothers, and many of the NBA’s siblings have maintained strong relationships with each other despite their on-court competition. Besides, with even the least-known NBA players making huge amounts of money, there shouldn’t really be a rivalry between siblings who have both made it big.
Here are ten of the most valuable sets of siblings to have ever played in the NBA, their total career salaries adjusted for inflation and indicated in parentheses:
10. Seth and Stephen Curry (Combined Career Salary: $24.5 Million)
Seth has yet to play a game in the NBA, but his big brother’s lucrative career as a Golden State Warrior alone was enough to sneak the Curry brothers into this list. Just into his fifth season in the NBA, Stephen Curry has already earned more than $22.5 million, his earnings for the current season contributing more than $9.8 million of that total.
Stephen has more than proven his worth as a point guard, having made the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2010 and winning the NBA Skills Challenge competition and the NBA’s Sportsmanship Award in 2011. Even more amazingly, in the 2012-2013 season, the older of the Curry brothers (by two years) converted 272 three-pointers to set the NBA record for the most threes made in a regular season.
Actually, Seth was set to play with Stephen as a Warrior in the 2013-2014 season when the team picked him up after he was left undrafted. However, he was waived by Golden State in October of 2013 and was acquired by D-League counterpart, the Santa Cruz Warriors. With Santa Cruz, Seth averaged 21.3 points and 7.8 assists – statistics that impressed the Memphis Grizzlies enough to sign him on December 22, 2013.
Brothers Stephen and Seth were undoubtedly influenced by their father, Dell Curry, an NBA player from 1986 to 2002.