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FINE IDEAS
BY JON FINE
Today should be an extra-special day for Golden State Warriors players Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton Jr.  They can, possibly, have a double celebration—having Father’s Day and being World Champions and, hopefully, getting to enjoy both with their one-time NBA playing dads.  Meanwhile, coach Steve Kerr can, hopefully, rejoice in the memory of his dad, Malcolm, who was President of American University of Beirut, when he was assassinated in 1984, when Steve was playing at the University of Arizona.
What is interesting about Warriors players Curry, Thompson, Wiggins and Payton is that they fit into a pattern of NBA playing father/son combinations.  There is an inverse correlation for NBA stars between the father’s NBA accomplishments and their son’s.  If the father was a star, his son was/is not.  Conversely, star sons come from average fathers.
Dell Curry was a McDonald’s All American in high school, one of the best players in Virginia Tech history.  Yet, in the pros, he was superb coming off the bench, but never made an all-star team, averaging 12 ppg in his 10-year career.  Steph Curry?  Including some recency bias, he is one of the top 5 players of all-time if he quits tomorrow.
Mychal Thompson was a great player at the University of Minnesota. His number 43 has been retired by the Gophers.  In the pros, he was a good player, but in a 13-year pro career, he averaged 13 ppg, never making an all-star team, and never living up to the billing of being the overall #1 pick in the 1978 NBA Draft.   Klay is one of the top 50 players of all-time (again with a little recency bias.) and is not done playing.  What is fascinating about this father/son dynamic is that Mychal epitomized(es) loquacity, while Klay is reticent.  (Love those big words.  Hope I used them correctly!  What I’m trying to say is that you could not keep Mychal quiet --and still can’t as he works in sports radio-- and one is often hard-pressed to get 2 words out of Klay.)
Mitchell Wiggins played 6 seasons in the NBA, but was bedeviled by substance abuse issues.  Now this is a little bit of a reach, but if you take Andrew Wiggins performance in the 2022 playoffs and extrapolate it over the next decade, we are looking at, potentially, one of the best all-time NBA players. Yes, this is speculative, as one doesn’t know what the future holds for him, although it looks bright at present.
The Glove, Gary Payton, a great point guard, was one of the best defensive guards in NBA history and is enshrined at Springfield. His son, Gary Jr, is a rotation player, whose NBA props are still being defined.  The odds are he will not go down as an all-time NBA star.
A glance at a list of other NBA father-sons connections shows:

GREAT FATHERS, AVERAGE SONS:
John Stockton and David
Dolph Schayes and Danny
Bill Walton and Luke
George Mikan and Larry
John Lucas and John Jr
Tim Hardaway and Tim Jr.
Patrick Ewing and Patrick Jr
Rick Barry and sons Jon, Brent and Drew
Dolph Schayes and Danny

AVERAGE FATHERS AND GREAT SONS:
Joe Bryant and Kobe
Stan Love and Kevin
Ernie Vandeweghe and Kiki

A few supplemental thoughts:
1.  Anybody on these lists that I refer to as average was average by NBA standards.  As far as overall people who have tried their hand at Basketball in the whole world, these “average” NBA players were/are exceptional players if one changes the criterion to the entire world, not just an NBA player—a top .1 percenter (1 in 1,000) and that might be understating their prowess.  So, all dads/sons listed above were terrific if we are talking about people who ever played (or tried to play) basketball on the 7 continents or planets (shout out to the late Double D—Darryl Dawkins, who said he came from the planet Lovetron. We’re investigating Chocolate Thunder’s extraterrestrial progeny and have put Joe Mannix on the case.)
2.      Notice the words “should be”, “hopefully” and “possibly” in the first paragraph.  Whereas it seems as if the Currys and the Thompsons have harmonious father/son relationships, I don’t know the status of the Paytons or the Wiggins.
3.      For the life of me, I could not find one example of a truly great father and a truly great son in the annals of NBA history!
4.      There are several examples of both father and son being average NBA players amongst father/son connections.  This exercise pertains only to star players or star fathers and their average father or son counterparts.  Once again, my conclusion-- if an NBA father was a star, his kid(s) have not been.  And, if an NBA son is(was) a star, his father was not. Every time.
This is what is remarkable about the makeup of this Warriors team.  Where there are numerous cases of fathers being stars and sons not, I could find only 6 cases where a son was a star, while his dad was average.  3 of the 6 were Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and (clearing throat) Andrew Wiggins of the 2021-22 World Champion Golden State Warriors.
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