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 set to grow in more ways than one.

Among the 58 NBA hopefuls that will hear their names called on draft night in 2022 are several prospects that are the sons of former NBA players, including prospective No. 1 overall pick Jabari Smith Jr.

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

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

Second-generation prospects in 2022 NBA Draft

Shareef O’Neal, LSU

Another son of a Hall of Famer, Shareef O’Neal enters 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 recruit coming out of high school. He is not projected to be drafted but could be a candidate to be an undrafted signing.

Scotty Pippen Jr., Vanderbilt

No, that’s not a typo, Scotty Pippen Jr. is the son of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, the six-time NBA champion.

The difference in spelling is fitting, as Pippen has made a name for himself at Vanderbilt. Over three seasons, Pippen earned SEC All-Freshman honors and twice was 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 gaudy 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 over four years at Rutgers, earning Second Team All-Big 10 honors as a senior.

Ron Sr. was the No. 8 pick in the 1986 NBA Draft and averaged 22.9 points per game as a rookie, kickstarting 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.), enters the NBA Draft in 2022 after going undrafted in the NBA G League Draft in 2021.

Artest III, a 6-foot-7 forward, appeared 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 the G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce and Delaware Blue Coats in the 2021-22 season. This past season, he spent the year with the KW Titans of the NBL Canada where he averaged 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 38.6 percent.

He isn’t expected to be drafted, but he did participate in a pre-draft workout with the Hornets.

Johnny Davis, Wisconsin

You may or may not only know him from his Taco Bell commercial, but Johnny Davis will soon be making his mark in the league. The 6-foot-5 wing was a consensus All-American during 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, Duke

Adrian “AJ” Griffin Jr. is yet another prospect that will hear his name called during the lottery in the 2022 NBA Draft. The Duke product is considered by many as the best shooter in the draft class.

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

Jabari Smith Jr., Auburn

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

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Jabari Jr. averaged 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds as a freshman at Auburn, displaying elite shooting (42.0 percent from 3) 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 at Colorado, Jabari Walker is projected to hear his name called in the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft. 

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

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