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Dell and Steph Curry aren't the only father-son duo to have NBA success.

Like father, like son: The five best parent-child duos in NBA history

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On this day in 1999, Dell Curry, playing for Milwaukee, scored the 1,000th three-pointer of his NBA career as the Bucks defeated the Golden State Warriors.

Fast forward 17 years and his own son, Stephen, has gone on to score 1,479 threes of his own - spearheading the Warriors' rise to the NBA summit and securing his status as the league's biggest star in the process.

Like father, like son

Dell and Steph aren't the only successful father-son combo in NBA history, however. Since the league's inception, several players of this and previous generations have followed in their father's footsteps.

Let's take a look at some of the best parent-child duos to grace the NBA hardwood...

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Honorable mention

The Barry quartet

Rick Barry finished his 10-season NBA career with 18,329 points, one ring, a Finals MVP Award and eight All-Star appearances to his name. His induction into the Hall of Fame in 1987 was wholly deserved.

Since then, the former second overall pick has seen not one, but three sons play in the NBA. Although John, Drew and Brent never reached the heights of their father, Brent does have more rings to his name than his old man having won two titles with the Spurs. He also holds the honour of the first white player ever to win the Dunk Contest.

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5) Luke and Bill Walton

Playing Honours:

Bill Walton: 2x NBA champion / NBA Finals MVP / NBA MVP / NBA Sixth Man of the Year / NBA Hall of Fame.
Luke Walton: 2x NBA champion

Like the Barry's, it is the Walton father who can claim to have had the most successful NBA career, but with two rings of his own, Luke has as many title memories as his father.

Although he struggled with foot injuries during his 13 year career, Bill left a lasting impact on both the Celtics and Trail Blazers - to the extent that Portland retired his number in 1989. The former center was also named to the NBA's 50 Greatest Players list in 1996 having averaged a double-double in his career.

NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

Luke's two rings came as a role player with the Lakers, but the player-turned-coach has proven his NBA chops in the coaching game too.

As Warriors assistant, Walton jnr. oversaw Golden State's record-breaking start to this season as Steve Kerr recovered from surgery. He is now one of the most coveted coaches in the game.

4) Joe "Jellybean" and Kobe Bryant

Playing Honours:

Jellybean Bryant: N/A
Kobe Bryant: 5x NBA champion / 2x Finals MVP / NBA MVP / 2x scoring champion / 18x All-Star etc etc.

Unlike his son, Joe Bryant didn't have his own farewell tour when he finished in the NBA in 1983. After eight years in the league, including one trip to the Finals with the 76-77 Sixers, "Jellybean" actually played the majority of his career in Europe where he made a name for himself as a coach.

The power forward/center will, though, always have a place in NBA folklore thanks to fathering one of the greatest players ever to play in the league.

Kobe's accolades are almost too extensive to mention but when your achievements read like the combined efforts of an entire roster, not just one player, you know you've done pretty well.

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 2

When the Black Mamba retires at the end of this season he will do so having amassed over 33,000 points - the third-most in NBA history - and a place in Springfield is assured.

3) Mychal and Klay Thompson

Playing Honours:

Mychal Thompson: First overall pick 1978 / 2x NBA champion / All-Rookie
Klay Thompson: NBA champion / All-Rookie / 2x All-Star

Entering the NBA as the league's first-ever foreign-born first overall pick, Thompson Snr. played power forward and center in Portland for the first seven seasons of his pro career - averaging 16.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

His biggest success came with the Lakers, however, where he and his Showtime era teammates won back-to-back titles in '87 and '88.

Klay, meanwhile, could join his dad on two rings by the end of the current campaign if the Warriors can keep up their current form. The 26-year-old has seen his ppg average improve in each of his five seasons in the league and, alogside Steph Curry, is currently part of the best backcourt in the NBA.

Charlotte Hornets

Klay is still over 6,000 points behind his old man but, with plenty of seasons left ahead of him, it looks like he will usurp Mychal sooner rather than later.

2) Jimmy Walker and Jalen Rose

Playing Honours:

Jimmy Walker: 2x All-Star
Jalen Rose: 1x Most Improved player

Jimmy and Jalen had very little contact during the latter's life - Jimmy died in 2007 having never met his son face-to-face - but their shared genetic makeup made them one of the most evenly balanced father-son duos on this list.

Walker, a shooting guard known for his speed and impressive ball-handling skills, scored 11,655 points in nine seasons split across the 1960s and '70s, although he is often cited as a player who never reached his full potential after a dominant college career.

Jalen, too, enjoyed fame in his college days thanks to his role in Michigan's 'Fab Five.' The now ESPN analyst also surpassed his father in the NBA, finishing his career with 13,220 points but coming up short of an NBA title after losing the 2000 Finals against the Lakers.

Jalen Rose #5

Jimmy and Jalen currently hold the obscure record of posting the highest combined points total from a father and son in the NBA, when both players have recorded over 10,000 points each.

1) Dell, Steph and Seth Curry

Playing Honours:

Dell Curry: Sixth Man of the Year / 1999 season three-point leader
Steph Curry: NBA champion / 3x All-Star / NBA MVP / most threes in one season record
Seth Curry: N/A

A few years ago, Dell would have been the most successful of the Curry triumvirate. After taking his game to the next level over the past 18 months, however, Steph now holds the bragging rights in the family.

As alluded to above, Dell was one of the game's great shooters from range - making 1,245 shots from beyond the arc in his career - and he remains the Charlotte Hornets' all-time leading scorer on 9,839 points.

With Steph having amassed 1,107 three-pointers of his own in just four seasons, it is safe to say the apple fell very close to the tree. On course for a second-straight MVP award, the Warriors star might just be the greatest shooter in NBA history.

Degree Shooting Stars Competition 2015

For he and his brother Seth, being around the NBA growing up has certainly had its benefits. The way Steph is playing right now, if we revisit this list in a few years time you wouldn't bet against him having added several other playing honours to an already impressive list.

Family ties

While having a father who has played in the league is far from a requisit to becoming a successful NBA player, it certainly seems to help.

There are many more father-son duos besides those listed above who have both played in the world's best basketball league.

Who are some of your favourites?

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