Sports are extremely competitive yet fulfilling activities. For many players, this means that they need to develop not only their talent but also their discipline and sportsmanship. All this comes while doing their best to win against the other team.
Now, this can be complicated if you are playing against a sibling, but when playing alongside one, it is comforting to know that you are working with someone you know and trust.
If you think that siblings playing on the same team is an uncommon thing, then check out this list. Read on.
Justin and Aaron Holiday
First on our list are Justin and Aaron Holiday, who both play with the Indiana Pacers. When Aaron was drafted, he was the 23rd pick by the Pacers, making him the third Holiday brother to get picked for an NBA team. On the other hand, Justin played for other teams before joining Aaron in Pacers.
Justin and Aaron are not the only Holidays to play in the NBA. Their brother Jrue was, in fact, the first to be drafted with Philadelphia 76ers and currently with New Orleans Pelicans. He is followed by Justin, who played with the Golden State Warriors when they won the championship in 2015, and then Aaron.
Brook and Robin Lopez
Playing with the Milwaukee Bucks, twin brothers Brook and Robin Lopez both debuted in 2008. Brook first joined the league with The New Jersey Nets and was picked in just the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft. He is known as Splash Mountain and was considered a gamechanger for the Bucks for his three-point shots.
Meanwhile, Robin was recruited by the Phoenix Suns during the same draft. Both brothers were from Stanford University and accumulated 11 years of experience in the sport. Moreover, they play as a center in the team.
Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo join Brook and Robin as the second brother duo in the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis joined the NBA in 2013 when he was picked by the Bucks during the 2013 NBA Draft. He plays power forward and point guard, as well as small forward and shooting guard.
Meanwhile, Thanasis plays small forward with the Bucks but first joined the New York Knicks during the 2014 NBA Draft. He debuted in 2016. Aside from the Holiday siblings, Giannis and Thanasis are joined by their brother Kostas to form a trio of brothers in the league.
Devin and Jason McCourty
Drifting away from the NBA, we now go to the National Football League with Devin and Jason McCourty. The twin brothers play for the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick, the team’s coach. Devin was the first to join the Patriots while Jason was acquired by the team during an offseason trade.
The two are the first pair of twins to play in the league since Gene and Tom Golsen who played in 1926 for the Louisville Colonels. As twins, Devin and Jason are known for their smooth dynamics in the field.
Kennedy and Bailey Cartwright
From NFL, we go back to basketball, this time in the women’s league. Sisters Kennedy and Bailey Cartwright play as starting forwards for the University of Providence’s women’s basketball team. Kennedy joined Bailey in the team, making it the first time they teamed-up.
The story of how the sisters got to work together is a pretty complicated one. Both were studying in different schools when Kennedy broke her hand. The two talked about being on a team together once Kennedy’s hand healed, and voila! The two reunited through the team.
Jose and Gregory Vargas
Another basketball team, this time from Venezuela. Jose and Gregory Vargas both play for Guaros de Lara in the Liga Profesional de Balconesto (LPB), Venezuela’s professional basketball league. This team-up came 18 years after the first time they played together.
Despite having a 4-year age difference, the two share a bond whenever they are in the court. Aside from Guaros, the two have also been playing for the national team for seven years now. The brothers played together for the country during the FIBA Basket Ball World Cup.
These brothers and sisters definitely do not play with the rivalry mindset. As siblings and teammates, they work together more efficiently all while having the fun and competition that come with their respective sports.