From Shareef O’Neal to Scotty Pippen Jr.: Second-generation prospects in 2022 NBA Draft add to rich father-son history

In the upcoming draft, the NBA family is expected to grow in more ways than one.

Of the 58 NBA prospects who will have their names called on draft night in 2022, several prospects are the sons of former NBA players, including potential No. 1 pick Jabari Smith Jr.

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Exactly one week after a Warriors team of four second-generation NBA players won the title, a new group of teams will be ready to add even more NBA DNA to their locker rooms.

Who are the second-generation 2022 NBA Draft prospects? Here’s a list of notable names, many of which you’ll hear on draft night.

Second Generation Prospects in the 2022 NBA Draft

Shareef O’Neal, LSU

Another son of a Hall of Famer, Shareef O’Neal is entering the NBA draft after spending two years at his father’s alma mater, LSU.

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Shareef’s averages of 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds as a junior at LSU certainly won’t jump out at you, but his talent is undeniable as he was a highly touted freshman coming out of high school. He is not expected to be drafted, but he could be a candidate for an undrafted signing.

Scotty Pippen Jr., Vanderbilt

No, it’s not a typo, Scotty Pippen Jr. is the Hall of Famer’s son scottie Six-time NBA champion Pippen.

The spelling difference is appropriate, as Pippen made a name for himself at Vanderbilt. In three seasons, Pippen earned SEC All-Freshman honors and was twice named to the All-SEC First Team, averaging 20.4 points, 4.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1. 9 steals per game in 2021-22.

Despite his screaming numbers, Pippen will likely hear his name called late in the second round, if at all.

Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers

Harper’s draft stock depends on who you ask, but SN’s Kyle Irving has Harper just making the cut among his top prospects. The 6-foot-6 wing made his presence felt for four years at Rutgers, earning second-team All-Big 10 honors as a senior.

Ron Sr. was the 8th pick in the 1986 NBA Draft and averaged 22.9 points per game as a rookie, kicking off a 15-year career in which he won five NBA titles – three with the Bulls and two with the Lakers.

Ron Artest III, KW Titans (Canada)

Artest, the son of Metta Sandiford-Artest (formerly Ron Artest Jr.), is entering the 2022 NBA draft after going undrafted in the 2021 NBA G League draft.

Artest III, a 6-foot-7 forward, played in 34 college games over three seasons at Cal State Northridge, averaging 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He spent time with Sioux Falls Skyforce and Delaware Blue Coats of the G League in the 2021-22 season. Last season, he spent the year with the KW Titans of NBL Canada where he averaged 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 38.6%.

He is not expected to be drafted, but he participated in a pre-draft practice with the Hornets.

Johnny Davis, Wis.

You may or may not know him just by his Taco Bell advertisement, but Johnny Davis will soon make his mark in the league. The 6-foot-5 wing was a consensus All-American in his sophomore season and will be a lottery pick in 2022.

Davis’ father, Mark Davis, played 13 years of professional basketball, including 33 games in the NBA.

AJ Griffin

AJ Griffin, Duke

Adrian “AJ” Griffin Jr. is another prospect who will hear his name in the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery. The Duke product is considered by many to be the best shooter in the draft class.

Griffin’s father, Adrian Sr., earned a reputation as a defensive stopper during his 10-year NBA career and is now an assistant coach for the Raptors.

Jabari Smith Jr., Auburn

Smith might very well hear his name called first in the 2022 NBA Draft, but he won’t be the first Jabari Smith to be drafted into the league.

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Jabari Jr. averaged 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds as a freshman at Auburn, posting sharp shooting (42.0 on 3 percent) for a player his size (6-foot-10). The elder Jabari Smith was the 45th pick in the 2000 NBA Draft and played in 108 games over four NBA seasons.

Jabari Walker, Colorado

After two seasons in Colorado, Jabari Walker should hear his name called in the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft.

Jabari’s father, Samaki Walker, played 445 games in 10 seasons with the Mavericks, Spurs, Lakers, Heat, Wizards and Pacers, winning a title as a Laker in 2002.