Over the course of NBA history, only 60-odd sons have followed in their father’s footsteps to play for a franchise in the league, and at least seven of those second-generation players are making their dads proud right now. We found out what some of the most promising progeny in basketball are up to—and they’re doing quite well, indeed.
Fifteen-year-old Bol is the son of the late Manute Bol, a player once known as the tallest player in the league for his 7-foot-7 stature. Though he didn’t inherit his father’s towering height—he’s “only” 6-foot-11—Bol is just as lanky and talented as his predecessor. He’s playing for Bishop Miege High in Kansas City, and ESPN currently ranks him among the top 20 players in the class of 2018. His handles and outside shooting are fairly tops, as evidenced by this video shot by Courtside Films.
Son of NBA legend Dell Curry and brother of none other than NBA MVP Steph Curry, Seth’s career is (finally) taking off after a stellar performance in this year’s NBA Summer League. No longer playing the role of journeyman between stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Memphis Grizzlies and D-League teams, Seth has officially signed on with the Sacramento Kings. He will wear the number 30 on his jersey, just as his father and brother have before him.
Gary Payton II
This past season, Gary Payton II became the second Oregon State player to record a triple-double—the first, of course, was his father, Hall of Famer Gary Payton. Payton II’s stock is steadily rising as he became the team’s scoring and rebounding leader. He also commands more steals than any other basketball player in the Pacific 12 Conference.
Juwan Howard Jr.
Juwan Howard Jr. was playing with the Detroit Titans before joining his pop, retired NBA player and Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard, in Florida for the NBA Summer League. He also seems to be making an impression on the Detroit Pistons, with whom he was working out earlier this summer.
Another son with a chance to make a splash during this past Summer League is Antoine Mason, son of the late New York Knicks player Anthony Mason who died last season. Antoine joined forces with the Orlando Magic’s offseason team after becoming the nation’s leading returning scorer with Auburn University and being passed up during the NBA Draft.
You may not have heard of Corey Hawkins, son of retired Charlotte Hornets star Hersey Hawkins, but between the two of them, they have scored the second most points in Division I college ball history—they trail only behind NBA MVP Steph Curry and his Virginia Hall of Famer father, Dell. Corey was recently sidelined by an injury in the lead up to Summer League play with the Sacramento Kings. He stands to make the regular-season roster after the Kings recently traded off Ray McCallum.
Glenn Robinson III
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