2024 NBA Draft: Cody Williams, Jalen Williams set to join elite group of brothers selected in first round

Written by on June 25, 2024

Colorado forward Cody Williams could make history on Wednesday during the 2024 NBA Draft if he’s selected in the first 30 picks. Williams could join his brother, Jalen Williams — the No. 12 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft — as the next set of siblings who were both drafted in the first round.

The younger Williams ranks No. 11 on CBS Sports NBA Draft Prospect Rankings.

Last year, Amen and Ausar Thompson made history by both getting selected during the first five picks of the first round, which made them the first brothers to be selected in top 10 during the same draft. Amen Thompson went No. 4 to the Houston Rockets and Ausar wasn’t far behind, going with the next pick to the Detroit Pistons at No. 5.

In the same draft, Iowa’s Kris Murray joined his brother Keegan Murray — the No. 4 overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2022 NBA Draft — as sibilings drafted in the first round. Lonzo and LaMelo Ball remain the only two brothers to be top-three selections in NBA Draft history. Lonzo was the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and LaMelo was selected third by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Here’s a closer look at notable siblings drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft over the years. 

Amen and Ausar Thompson (2023)

The Thompson brothers were considered two of the best prospects in the class since 2022. They both played for Overtime Elite and would are the highest players drafted from that program. They made history together by being the first twins selected in the top 10 in NBA Draft history.

Keegan and Kris Murray (2022, 2023)

Neither of the Murray brothers were considered high-level draft prospects when arrived at Iowa prior to the 2020-21 season. First, it was Keegan who raised his stock drastically following a standout 2021-22 season, which helped him skyrocket up draft boards and ultimately land with the Kings with the No. 4 pick. Keegan was one of the oldest players drafted in the first round last season, and his twin brother was selected by the Trail Blazers at No. 23.

Lonzo and LaMelo Ball (2017, 2020)

Lavar Ball’s dream of seeing all three of his sons drafted into the NBA didn’t come true, but two out of three isn’t bad. Lonzo was considered one of the top point guards in the 2017 NBA Draft and ultimately landed with the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 2 pick. After a few seasons playing for his hometown team, he was shipped to New Orleans in the Anthony Davis trade. Lonzo’s playing career is in serious jeopardy following a knee injury from which he’s never fully recovered. On the flip side, LaMelo looks like one of the young rising stars in the NBA and landed with the Hornets with the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The Warriors had a chance to select Ball, but elected to draft Memphis big man James Wiseman. Who knows what LaMelo’s career trajectory would’ve looked like had he been drafted by the Warriors. 

Marcus and Markieff Morris (2011)

After staring together at Kansas, the Morris brothers entered the 2011 NBA Draft and became back-to-back selections at the end of the lottery. Markieff was drafted first by the Phoenix Suns with the 13th pick; minutes later, Marcus was selected by the Houston Rockets with the last pick of the lottery. Both Morris brothers played four years at Kansas and are still in the league to this day. Markieff plays for the Dallas Mavericks and Marcus was recently traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Washington Wizards

Brook and Robin Lopez (2008)

Both played two seasons at Stanford before declaring for the 2008 NBA Draft. Brook was a lottery pick at 10th overall by the New Jersey Nets, but Robin just missed the cut when he was selected with the No. 15 pick by the Phoenix Suns. After years of playing in the NBA, Brook transformed his game and became one of the best defensive centers in the league. He finished near of the top of Defensive Player of the Year ballots and transformed into a lethal 3-point shooter. Robin spent last season playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Bernard and Albert King (1977, 1981)

Bernard was drafted seventh overall in the 1977 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets out of Tennessee. A few years later, his brother was drafted 10th overall by the Nets in the 1981 NBA Draft from Maryland. Bernard went on to have a successful Hall of Fame career as a four-time NBA All-Star and was twice named to the All-NBA First Team. Albert played for four different teams over nine years during his career. 

Gene and Purvis Short (1975, 1978)

Coming out of Jackson State, Gene Short was selected ninth overall by the New York Knicks in the 1975 NBA Draft. His younger brother, Purvis, also attended Jackson State and was drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the No. 5 pick in the 1978 NBA Draft. Purvis averaged 17.3 points per game in his 12-year NBA career. Gene, on the other hand, only played 34 total games in his NBA career with the Knicks and the Seattle Supersonics.

Russ and Ron Lee (1972, 1976)

The first set of siblings to be selected in the top 10 of the NBA Draft. Russ was drafted sixth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1972 NBA Draft out of Marshall. His NBA career only lasted three seasons, and he retired following the 1974-75 season. Ron had a successful college career at Oregon and left as the program’s all-time leading scorer. The Suns selected him 10th overall in the 1976 NBA Draft, and he went on to play from 1976-82 before playing in Italy for three years to end his professional career.

Brothers selected in first round of NBA Draft

Player Year Round (Pick) Team Player Year Round (Pick) Team
Amen Thompson 2023 1 (4) Houston Ausar Thompson 2023 1 (5) Detroit
Keegan Murray 2022 1 (4) Sacramento Kris Murray 2023 1 (23) Portland
Moritz Wagner 2018 1 (25) LA Lakers Franz Wagner 2021 1 (8) Orlando
Lonzo Ball 2017 1 (2) LA Lakers LaMelo Ball 2020 1 (3) Charlotte
Tyler Zeller 2012 1 (17) Dallas Cody Zeller 2013 1 (4) Charlotte
Miles Plumlee 2012 1 (26) Indiana Mason Plumlee 2013 1 (22) Brooklyn
Marcus Morris 2011 1 (14) Houston Markieff Morris 2011 1 (13) Phoenix
Jrue Holiday 2009 1 (17) Philadelphia Aaron Holiday 2018 1 (23) Indiana
Jeff Teague 2009 1 (19) Atlanta Marquis Teague 2012 1 (29) Chicago
Brook Lopez 2008 1 (10) New Jersey Robin Lopez 2008 1 (15) Phoenix
Dorell Wright 2004 1 (19) Miami Delon Wright 2015 1 (20) Toronto
Kareem Rush 2002 1 (20) Toronto Brandon Rush 2008 1 (13) Portland
Jon Barry 1992 1 (21) Boston Brent Barry 1995 1 (15) San Antonio
Horace Grant 1987 1 (10) Chicago Harvey Grant 1988 1 (12) Washington
Chuck Person 1986 1 (4) Indiana Wesley Person 1994 1 (23) Phoenix
Jim Paxson 1979 1 (12) Portland John Paxson 1983 1 (19) San Antonio
Dudley Bradley 1979 1 (13) Indiana Charles Bradley 1981 1 (23) Boston
Bernard King 1977 1 (7) New York Albert King 1981 1 (10) New Jersey
Gene Short 1975 1 (9) New York Purvis Short 1978 1 (5) Golden State
Russell Lee 1972 1 (6) Milwaukee Ron Lee 1976 1 (10) Phoenix

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