LeBron James Takes on Father-Son Duos in Epic NBA Showdowns

Playing against a Portland Trail Blazers squad that featured Dale Davis was LeBron James’ third game in the NBA.


Plus, Davis’s son was on the Golden State Warriors squad that lost game 1,463.

As the Warriors and the Lakers clashed in San Francisco on Saturday night, rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis got his first look at LeBron James. This showdown between the 39-year-old Lakers superstar and Jackson-Davis occurred twenty years after the first game between the two players, when Dale was the Cleveland Cavaliers rookie and the player was 18 years old.

Both Davis and Jackson-Davis are the latest father-and-son NBA duos to face the league’s all-time leading scorer.

To what extent has LeBron James faced off against father-and-son teams in the NBA?

Throughout his 21-year career, James has faced a total of ten father-son duos, the most recent of them being Davis and Jackson-Davis. This list only includes games in which James and the opposing player both entered at some point.

In the NBA, which father-and-son teams has LeBron James faced?

Here are the ten father-son pairings that James was a part of during the same game, along with the dates of their first encounter:

The Robinson brothers, Glenn and Glenn Robinson III

First match: December 19, 2003, vs Glenn Robinson

Game one against Glenn Robinson III: December 23, 2014

Jeremy and Rick Brunson


Dec. 20, 2003: My debut game was against Rick Brunson.

Date of debut match vs Jalen Brunson: October 31, 2018

To Gary Trent and Gary Trent Jr.


November 21, 2003: First game vs Gary Trent

December 28, 2019: First game vs Gary Trent Jr.

Martin (KJ) and Kenyon

Game one: January 2, 2004 vs. Kenyon Martin

Date of debut: January 10, 2021; opponent: KJ Martin

Payton, Gary, and Payton II, Gary


Game one against Gary Payton: January 12, 2004

October 19, 2021: First match against Gary Payton II

Griffin and Adrian

Game one against Adrian Griffin: February 25, 2004

December 30, 2002: Debut game vs AJ Griffin

Walker, Samaki, and Jabari

April 9, 2004: First match against Samaki Walker

Date of debut: November 30, 2022; opponent: Jabari Walker

On December 22, 2004, Jabari Smith and Jabari Smith Jr. played their first game against Jabari Smith.

Date of first game: January 16, 2023; opponent: Jabari Smith Jr.

Howard, Juwan, and Jett

December 25, 2003: Debut match versus Juwan Howard

Premier League debut: November 4, 2023 vs. Jett Howard

Trayce Jackson-Davis and Dale Davis

Date of debut: November 1, 2003; opponent: Dale Davis

January 27, 2024: First game against Trayce Jackson-Davis

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