In honor of the recent resurgence of Pau Gasol and the Morrii’s steadiness in Phoenix, here’s a look at the top brother combinations in the Association today.
1. Pau Gasol (CHI) & Marc Gasol (MEM): Pau and Marc Gasol top our inaugural list of the NBA’s best brothers. An easy choice for this honor, their list of accomplishments are staggering: Olympic Medalists (4 Silver medals between them), 5 combined All-Star appearances, 2 NBA championships, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and so on.
With Pau finding the Fountain of Youth in Chicago, and Marc’s MVP-level play with the Grizz, both brothers have a strong shot to start opposite each other in the All-Star game next month.
It’s hard to believe the brothers were once traded for each other in the blockbuster deal that sent Pau to LA and Marc to Memphis in 2008. It is safe to say the exchange worked out favorably for both squads. With both the Bulls and Grizzlies looking like title contenders, maybe we’ll see them face-off for the ultimate prize come June.
2. Marcus & Markieff Morris (PHX): Wondertwins Unite! The Morris duo, without question, has the best chemistry on this list. It helps that they look exactly alike, have the same tattoos and have played next to each other forever, from high school to Kansas University to the NBA. The Morris twins fit extremely well on the court, with Markieff wreaking havoc from inside out at the power forward position and Marcus causing problems at the 3 and 4 with his versatility.
Separated briefly for a year and a half (Markieff was selected 13th overall by Phoenix in the 2011 NBA Draft; Marcus was selected 14th by Houston), the twins were reunited in Phoenix in early 2013. Now, they form a nice tandem for the resurgent Suns. They narrowly defeat the Lopez brothers for 2nd place.
3. Brook Lopez (BKN) & Robin Lopez (POR): The Lopez twins, who began their NBA careers in 2008, from Stanford, are two imposing figures in the league. Brook, injuries notwithstanding, is a perennial all-star and franchise player for the Brooklyn Nets. Robin, impressive in his own right, seems to have found a home playing pivot for the Portland Trail Blazers (averages 10 points and 7 rebounds) after stops in Phoenix and New Orleans.
While the older brother (Brook) may have the better stats, both twins play the position very well on offense and are good shot blockers on defense (now, if they could only learn to rebound!). If they can ever stay healthy, we could very well see the Lopez brothers earn the top spot on the list in a couple of years.
4. Miles Plumlee (PHX) & Mason Plumlee (BKN): Mason’s breakout year (avg. 10 points & 7 rebounds) earns the Plumlee brothers a place on our list. An All-American at Duke, Mason has played very well as a starter for the Nets and is a formiddable threat to tally a double-double every night.
And while Miles lost this starting spot to rising center Alex Len, he is still a key piece of the puzzle for a young Phoenix team looking to return to the postseason in 2015.
5. Jrue Holiday (NOP) & Justin Holiday (GSW): The Holiday brothers narrowly defeat the Zellers for the fifth and final spot! Justin’s ascension, from Summer League standout, to a key, rotational piece for the 31-5 Golden State Warriors was the deciding factor. A long, rangy forward from Washington, Justin has developed an impressive outside stroke that bodes well with his Splash Brother counterparts (Steph Curry and Klay Thompson) in the Bay Area.
Jrue, the younger of the two, is captaining the ship very admirably for the Pelicans this season. He’s finally adjusting to not always being the primary ball-handler with Tyreke Evans in the lineup, which makes the team tougher to deal with. If he can get back to playing All-Star level ball (averaged 18 points & 8 assists in 2013) like he did in Philly, New Orleans will be very scary down the stretch.
Honorable Mention: Tyler Zeller (BOS) & Cody Zeller (CHA), Goran Dragic & Zoran Dragic (PHX), Paul Millsap (ATL) & Elijah Millsap (UTA)