10 Families inside the NBA
#2 T-Mac and Vince Carter
In the early years of the Toronto Raptors' existence, the one thing the Toronto Raptors did well was draft well. In 1998, it was the decision to draft and trade Antwan Jamison in the 4th spot of the draft for Golden State’s selection Vince Carter.
However, in 1997 the Raptors also drafted Tracy McGrady. Toronto fans who remember those days can only look back now and reminisce on what could have been. These two cousins left NBA fans with many moments of nostalgic pleasure.
McGrady left Toronto, in the summer of 2000, for Orlando in a sign and trade. While in Orlando, McGrady became the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2001 and won the NBA scoring title in 2003 and 2004 with scoring averages of 32.1 and 28 points per game respectively. McGrady was also a seven-time NBA all-star but retired from the NBA in August of 2013.
While McGrady’s career is over, though it was outstanding, his cousin Vince Carter is now in his 21st season in the Association. While Carter has never won a scoring title, he has had his share of scoring exploits over the years. He is currently ranked 26th all-time in scoring in the NBA, just 51 points behind Jerry West.
Carter has left us with his electric 2000 slam dunk contest victory at the All-Star festivities that year. Carter, like cousin T-Mac, will almost assuredly be honored in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
#3 Klay and Mychal Thompson
Klay Thompson has been starring in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors since he was drafted by them in 2011, after three collegiate seasons for the Washington State Cougars.
Since then, the 6’7 shooting guard has become a three-time NBA champion and a 4 time NBA All-star. He has managed to carve out his own space in the conversation for best sharpshooters in the game. His career averages of 19.2 ppg and shooting field goal average of 45.8% overall and 42.2% from the 3-point arc (coming into this season) for his career is outstanding.
His success is made even more remarkable by the fact that Golden State employs stars like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Draymond Green. He plays with a lot of superstars of the game and fits right in. For example in the Western Conference Final last season with Houston already up 3-2 and winning game 6 by 17 points, Thompson knocked down 9 three-pointers for 27 of his 35 points to help Golden State stay alive, winning game 6 of that series 115-86.
Thompson’s five three-pointers in a win over the Sacramento Kings back on October of 2018 helped put him 21 st all-time on the 3 point shots made list.
However, before Klay Thompson began entertaining us with his sharpshooting his father Mychal Thompson had a successful 13 year NBA career. Mychal Thompson, a 6’10 center played for the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers between 1979-1991.
Like his son, after him, Mychal Thompson won the NBA championships with the Lakers in 1987 and 1988. The Thompson’s are now the 4th father-son duo to win NBA Championships but are the only ones to do it back to back (Mychal 1987-88 and Klay in 2017and 2018). In his career season, Mychal Thompson averaged 13.7 ppg. and 7.4rpg.over 935 NBA contests.