I’m a day late with this theme-wise, since yesterday was Father’s Day, but Brendan Bowers at Crossover Chronicles has a cool list of the top 20 father-son duos in NBA history. Below are the ones with Pistons connections:
14 - Gerald Henderson – Gerald: Old man Henderson played thirteen years in the NBA from 1979 to 1992 appearing with seven different teams, including the Celtics and Knicks. The younger Henderson was selected 12th out of Duke in ’09, and averaged 10 ppg for Charlotte this past season.
Gerald Sr. played in 78 games for Detroit spread over parts of the three seasons.
13 - Ed Manning – Danny: Ed Manning played for Baltimore, Chicago and Portland during his NBA career, along with Indiana, New York, and Carolina of the ABA. Son Danny was a beast in college, picked first overall by the Clippers, and averaged 14 per game during an NBA career that lasted over a decade.
Yes, Danny Manning is an oft-forgot member of the Pistons, playing with them in 2002-03.
5 - Jimmy Walker – Jalen Rose: Jimmy “Sky” Walker was the 1st player chosen in the 1976 NBA Draft, and went on to play for over a decade. He combined with his son Jalen, who averaged 14 ppg for his career, to average 30 ppg for their careers as a father / son duo.
The late Walker was selected with the first pick by the Pistons and played five seasons in Detroit.
2 - Rick Barry – Brent, Drew, Jon: Technically, Rick and Brent are the first father son duo to win an NBA title, assuming you don’t count the men of Guokas that is. The Walton’s have since done so as well, but when Brent’s Spurs won they were the first. Rick Barry (pictured) is an all time great, and one of the top-ten players of his generation, and both Brent and Jon were solid role players in their day as well. Jon with key part of that “bench mob” out in SacTown, and Brent won the Dunk contest along with posting solid numbers throughout his career. Certainly a case can be made for Rick and Brent at number one, but I got them at two.
In addition to being a key part of the Kings’ bench, fan-favorite Jon Barry was the face of ‘The Alternatorz,’ Detroit’s energetic bench during the Rick Carlisle era.