When one hears the term dynasty, they probably think about legendary teams like the late 2010s Warriors or the 1990s Chicago Bulls. However, there is indeed another definition of a dynasty. A dynasty can also refer to a family. In the basketball world, there are exactly those sorts of dynasties. With sharpshooting father to sons and long-term vets as cousins, the league has them all.
The main facet of the Curry family is the ability to shoot. Father Dell and sons Steph and Seth all share that one main attribute. They are shoot-first guards. Since the 80s and ever since, the Curry bloodline has been a force to be reckoned with.
The Rivers family is linked to the Curry family through the marriage of Seth Curry and Callie Rivers, and have traditionally been solid combo guards. The main players from the family are current head coach Doc Rivers and current shooting guard Austin. Additionally, Former big Jim Brewer is the uncle of Doc and great-uncle of Austin.
For his whole career, Austin Rivers has been an average to an above-average player. Nothing special stands out from him, and that’s okay. In his best season, he only averaged 15 points, so not much truly popped off the paper. However, he has always been a solid shooter, with 35% from deep and 42% in general from the field. Overall, Austin Rivers is a seasoned veteran who can reliably come into the game and get a few baskets
More known as a coach, Glenn “Doc” Rivers wasn’t too shabby of a player back in his day. At his peak as an all-star, his playing days spanned from 1983 to 1996. In his peak between ages 23 and 30, he averaged an impressive 13 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished out 7 assists, and took the ball away just over twice a game. Looking over at the advanced statistics for a moment, his player efficiency rating for the same seasons was just under 18, showing him to be an above-average player, with him coming top 20 for PER in 1987 and 1988. At the end of the day, Doc will forever be remembered not as a player, but as the coach who led Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to their sole ring.
Through Doc’s mother, Jim Brewer falls into this family too. A short and sweet peak is the perfect way to define his career. Although he was forced to go overseas when he was just 30, he still had accomplishments. In 1976 he averaged a double-double between points and rebounds. Additionally, during his three-season peak using the seasons before and after his DD year, he had an average of 9 and 9. Sadly, after his peak, he went very much downhill. His total career averages are 6 and 6. Still, the fact that he was able to stick it out so long proves he could be there for the team. An underrated player in his peak, he is an obscure player that had his nephew not been an all-star and championship-winning coach, he would be just another name on the list of former players.
Dell Curry came into the league as Virginia Mr. Basketball and a college standout at Virginia Tech. Drafted 15th overall by the Utah Jazz, he was an offense beast from behind the arc. Although on paper a career average of 12/2/2 doesn’t look all that impressive, the numbers lied. Dell was the Lou Williams of his time, always a 6th man to come and electrify a team. In 1994, after averaging 16/3/3, along with a steal too, he was awarded his sole sixth man of the year. He for sure deserved it, and he may even have deserved more. Overall, during the peak of his career, he was an above-average bench player who could come in and get the job done.
The younger brother, Seth Curry always has lived in his older brother Stephen’s shadow. However, that should not and can not define Seth as a player. Averaging double digits in his career, he has shot an elite 44% from behind the arc. That is the highest of any eligible active player right now. From what the numbers say, as long as he is able to step back and shoot, he should be reliable to get some points. At the age of just 30, he has a few more seasons left in the tank.
The cornerstone of the family, Steph is one of the best and most widely known players in the league. Since his breakout 2014 season, everyone has known his name. Averaging 24 points, 7 assists, and 5 boards, there’s a reason why he is so known. With a career percentage of 43% from deep, he is just under little brother Seth. Add in much better floor vision and most importantly, chemistry with the stars around him, Steph has shown he commands the game. 3 rings, 2 MVPs, and 7 all-star nods at only 33, Steph is a consensus top 25 player of all time, and can easily work his way up to the top 10. There is so much to say about him, it’s better to keep it concise. He is an elite player through all facets of the game, and that is all there is to say. He is just that good.
With players ranging from Jerian the guard to Horace the big, the Grant family has had quite a wide array of players. Each player in the Grant family has found a different style of game, some working more than others. What the Grants do have in common, is that they all are of the upper echelon in at least one type of play.
Harvey Grant is an interesting story. A la Jim Brewer, he peaked for three seasons and was never the same afterward. He averaged 18 points, 7 boards, and 3 assists during his peak from ages 25 to 27. Afterward, his number would not be anywhere close. Those were the only seasons he averaged more than 11 points, 2 assists, or 5 rebounds. He just seemed to pop out from nowhere. To sum up his career in a sentence, he was bad, then he was good, and finally, he was bad again.
Harvey’s twin, who was 2 inches taller than him, was Horace. Playing alongside some of the greatest, he won 3 rings alongside His Airness and another with the Mamba. Unlike his brother, he had much more longevity, being more of a defensive presence and less of an offensive one. In 1992 and 1994 he had a double-double average of points and rebounds, and for a 10-year span ending in 1998, he averaged double digits in points. He also had to end in 2001 a span of 13 years with at least 7 boards per game. Known as the enforcer, he had a physical style of play, one hard to replicate. A good modern-day comparison is Warrior’s forward Draymond Green, just with a bit more scoring.
The son of Harvey, Jerami, like his uncle Horace, is the best Grant of the current generation. His main attribute is the fact that in 2021, he showed he could be an efficient team leader for the Pistons. As I mentioned here, he truly had a breakout season. My opinion of him has not changed much since writing that piece, so to summarize, more baskets, more baskets, and even more baskets. He has taken control in the Motor City.
Jerian Grant is the younger brother of Jerami and son of Harvey. With the Bulls, his uncle’s long-time team, he flashed some prowess, coming top 20 in eligible assist percentage. Averaging 8 points and 5 assists per game, he seemed like he had potential. Since then, however, he has gone downhill. Currently playing with the third Grant brother Jerai in Greece, his future is anything but certain.