5. Mychal Thompson
Before Mychal Thompson became Klay Thompson’s father, he was a quality NBA player throughout the 1980’s. His career got off to a rough start, with a leg injury that caused him to miss the entire 1979-80 season. That didn’t halt Thompson’s progress too much, however, as he played parts of six productive seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.
At Thompson’s peak, he put up 20 points and 11 rebounds on the 1981-82 Blazers. He never played on any top-notch teams there, but that changed, with the Los Angeles Lakers.
From 1986-91, Thompson played a bench role for two championship-winning teams, aligning with Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It was the highlight of his career and the organization he retired with in 1991.
After the Blazer stint and before going to the Lakers, Thompson played for the San Antonio Spurs. If you blinked, you may have missed it, though.
To start the 1986-87 season, Thompson was the backup center for the Spurs. He played just 49 games there and put up 12.3 points. It was one of the lowest numbers of his career, but came in the fewest minutes-played of his time in the NBA (at that point).
A mid-year deal brought Thompson to Los Angeles, and the rest was history. It ended an abrupt stay in San Antonio, where his time there won’t be known unless you check Basketball-Reference.