NBA: Top 7 Pairs of Siblings Who Played Together
Hell hath no fury like an NBA player whose twin brother is traded away from his team.
Power forward Markieff Morris is absolutely livid with the Phoenix Suns, following the organization’s decision to trade his twin brother, Marcus Morris to the Detroit Pistons on July 9. In fact he feels disrespected enough to go on the record saying that he has no intention of playing for the Suns and is demanding to be traded.
“One thing for sure, I am not going to be there,” Markieff Morris told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday. “If you want to put that out there, you can put that out. I don’t give a [freak]. I am not going to be there at all. That’s just what it is.”
This story has gained some traction for a variety of reasons. There’s an unwanted trade, a lack of communication between player and organization, and the always popular situation involving an individual demanding to be moved to a new franchise. However if there’s one thing that truly caught our eye, it’s how much these twin brothers seemed to really wanted to be on the same squad.
With so much attention being place on this singular situation, we found ourselves drawn to another piece of this story: Brothers playing on the same NBA team. How often has it happened? Were both siblings extremely talented? Was one of the two, hands down, superior to the other? We had to know.
After some research and a little digging, we came across a list of siblings who fit the bill. We decided to rank these pairings because, well, why not? We’re sure not everyone will agree with our picks. And so it goes.
With that, here’s a look at the top seven pairs of siblings who played on the same NBA team together.
7. Tyler and Ben Hansbrough
During the 2012-13 season, Tyler Hansbrough and his younger brother Ben found themselves playing together on the Indiana Pacers. Tyler was already a member of the club, having been taken by the Pacers with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, while Ben was signed by the team as a free agent in September 12. Although their time together on the court was limited — Ben only played in 28 games that season — the Hansbroughs still managed to show they had each other’s backs when the time called for it. New rule: Don’t mess with Psycho T’s brother.
6. Marcus and Markieff Morris
Power forward Markief Morris has been with the Phoenix Suns since the team took him with the 13th pick in the 2011 draft. His twin brother Marcus, on the other hand, started his NBA career off as a member of the Houston Rockets. Of course, since these two loved playing together so much during high school and college, it only seemed right they be reunited at the highest level. The Suns obviously believed this as well, trading for Marcus during the 2012-13 season. However, with Marcus being dealt to the Detroit Pistons — on July 9 — this past offseason, Markieff is now demanding to be traded himself. Oh, brother.
5. Goran and Zoran Dragic
Goran Dragic is the stud player in this sibling pairing. He’s the one who earned the 2013-14 Most Improved Player award, made Third-Team All-NBA that same year, and just re-upped with the Miami Heat on a lucrative five-year, $86 million deal. Still, his younger brother Zoran did made it to the NBA; that’s no small task.
These two brothers played together with the Phoenix Suns during the 2014-15 season, before they were both shipped off to the Miami Heat as part of a three-team trade right at the deadline. It wasn’t long after, that the Heat sent Zoran to the Boston Celtics for a 2019 second-round pick. He was waived by the club less than a month later.
4. Tom and Dick Van Arsdale
Not only were twins Tom and Dick Van Arsdale the first brothers to play on the same NBA team, they also put up eerily similar numbers during their careers. Tom averaged 15.3 points 4.2 rebounds per game, while also making three All-Star teams. Dick on the other hand, dropped 16.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest, while also becoming a three-time All Star. Freaky, right?
It wasn’t until the 1976-77 season — each’s last in the NBA — that the two brothers finally joined forces with the Phoenix Suns. We’re sorry to say neither one of them did anything truly special that year. Nevertheless, what a way to go out.
3. Mark and Brent Price
Mark Price (second from the right) is hands down the superior of these two brothers. In his 12-year career, the elder Price averaged 15.2 points and 6.7 assist per game, shot 40.2% from three-point land and knocked down 90.4% of his free throws. This guy was just a crazy lethal shooter. Still, younger brother Brent (far right) was more than capable of putting the ball in the bucket — shooting 42.6% from the field and knocking down 38.7% of his threes for his career.
These two got the opportunity to play together with the Washington Bullets in 1995-96 when the club traded for the elder brother before the start of the season. Unfortunately, Mark injured his foot — which required surgery — early in his tenure with the team and was only able to play in seven games that season. Clearly they paid the price for this gamble.
2. Stephen and Seth Curry
We could talk about Stephen Curry all day. With his slick handle, smoother jumper, and crazy range, there really is no one in the NBA quite like the reigning MVP. However, before the Chef led the Golden State Warriors to the franchise’s first NBA championship in 40 years, he got to share a court with his younger brother Seth — even if it was just for a preseason.
The Dubs signed the younger Curry to a non-guaranteed contract in the summer of 2013. Despite a shot worthy of the Curry name, Seth would eventually be waived by the Warriors, thus ending the dream of a Curry combo. However, that didn’t stop the 24-year-old from continuing to perfect his game. In the end, the hard work paid off, as he signed a two-year deal with the Sacramento Kings this offseason.
1. Dominique and Gerald Wilkins
Hall of Famers go straight to the top of the list. It’s a rule.
Dominique Wilkins was super funky on the basketball court. He was smooth, a ferocious dunker, and could jump out of the building. The Human Highlight Film finished his career with averages of 24.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per contest, nine All-Star Game appearances, and seven selections to the All-NBA Team. Of course, by the time he got to play with his younger brother Gerald during the 1998-99 season, Nique was 39 years old and no longer the same player. Still, for that one season with the Orlando Magic, the Wilkins brothers got to call themselves teammates. Not many siblings in the NBA can say the same.