Best NBA Twins in History: Will the Thompson twins end at the top of the list?

Thompson Twins
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It is all set for the 2023 NBA Draft, and two of the players that are surrounded with the most hype are the twin brothers Amen and Ausar Thompson. According to our 2023 NBA Mock Draft, they will both be selected among the Top 10 players of the draft. Regardless of the teams they will end up in, the Thompson twins possess the talent to have impressive rookie seasons and become one of the best pair of brothers in NBA history.

All the Pairs of Twins in NBA History

The Thompson twins are about to become the seventh pair of brothers in NBA history. In the following lines, we will take a quick look at all of them.

Dick and Tom Van Arsdale

The Van Arsdale twins made history as the first twins to make it to the NBA. They were selected 10th and 11th overall in the 1965 NBA Draft. Dick was selected by the New York Knicks and spent 12 years in the league playing for the Knicks and the Phoenix Suns. Tom was picked by the Detroit Pistons and, just like his brother, retired in 1977. They both made 3 All-Star appearances and played their last season together with the Suns.

Horace and Harvey Grant

Horace and Harvey Grant are the only twins that got drafted in separate years. Horace was drafted 10th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1997. He was a part of the famous Bulls team that won three consecutive titles from 1991 to 1993. Horace also played for Orlando, Los Angeles Lakers, and Seattle Supersonics and won his fourth title with the Lakers in 2001. He made his only All-Star appearance in 1994 when he averaged 15.1 points and 6.6 rebound for the Bulls.

Harvey was selected with the 12th pick in the following draft by the Washington Bullets. He wasn’t as successful as his twin brother but had a solid 11-year career playing for the Bullets, Blazers and Sixers.

Jason and Jarron Collins

Jason and Jarron Collins were both part of the same 2001 draft class. Jason was selected 18th overall by the Houston Rockets and immediately traded to the New Jersey Nets, where he spent the first seven seasons of his career. He was a role player for the Nets, who made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Jason spent a total of 13 seasons in the league playing for 6 teams. He is remembered as the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of four major North American pro sports leagues.

Jarron was selected by the Utah Jazz as the 52nd pick. He played 8 seasons in Utah and had short stints with the Suns, Clippers, and Blazers before retiring in 2001.

Brook and Robin Lopez

Brook and Robin Lopez
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Brook and Robin Lopez were selected back in 2008 and they are still in the league. Brook was picked 10th overall by the Nets and spent his first 8 seasons with the team. In the 2017-18 season, he was with the Los Angeles Lakers before moving to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he still is. Brook was the starting center for the Bucks team that won the 2021 NBA championship. He made his only All-Star appearance in 2013 and last season, he was named to the All-NBA First Defensive Team.

Robin was selected 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns. He has not been as successful as Brook and currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which is his ninth NBA team. In the 2019-20 season, Brook and Robin played together in Milwaukee.

Marcus and Markieff Morris

The Morris twins were the last ones to be drafted in the NBA back in 2011. Markieff was drafted 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns, and Marcus was right after him by the Houston Rockets. They were determined to play together, which day did with the Phoenix Suns from 2013 to 2015.

Markieff had his best season in 2014-15, when he averaged 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Suns. He played for Washington, Oklahoma City, and Detroit before landing in Los Angeles, where he was a part of the Los Angeles Lakers team that won the 2020 NBA championship. Currently, Markieff is with the Dallas Mavericks, where he averaged 4.5 points per game last season.

Just like his brother, Marcus switched many teams. He was in Boston, Detroit and New York before signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he spent the last four seasons. Marcus would probably be moved to the Washington Wizards in a blockbuster trade that may happen on draft night.

Caleb and Cody Martin

The Martin brothers got into the league in 2019. Cody was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 36th pick while Caleb went undrafted, but the Hornets signed him as a free agent. Cody is still with the Hornets, while Caleb moved to the Miami Heat and had an excellent Playoff run this year.

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