Being the child of a professional athlete tends to come with its fair share of perks, and it should come as no surprise that plenty of people have gone on to follow in their parent’s footsteps by taking advantage of their genetics and the mentorship of somewhat who knows what it takes to get there.
That includes the NBA, which has boasted a number of formidable father-son duos (including more than a few players who’ve been able to overshadow their own dad).
There’s no telling if Jaxon Richardson will end up joining that list when everything is said and done, but the 15-year-old son of retired guard Jason Richarson certainly looks like he’s well on his way to taking his talents to the next level based on what he’s already pulling off as a high schooler.
The elder Richardson was selected by the Warriors with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft and spent 14 seasons in the league before a knee injury forced him to retire in 2015.
You obviously have to be a solid contributor to stick around for that long, so while Richardson was certainly no slouch on the court, he’s probably best remembered for the high-flying antics that saw him win the Slam Dunk Contest in 2002 before successfully defending his crown the following year.
It certainly doesn’t appear the apple has fallen far from the tree based on a video featuring Richardson’s son Jaxon, a small forward on the basketball team at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas (where he plays alongside his highly-touted brother Jase) who currently stands at 6’5″.
Most people Jaxon’s age would kill to simply be able to dunk a basketball, nevermind pull off a 360, a between-the-legs move, or leap over someone en route to slamming the rock through the rim.
However, Richardson was able to do all of that at the same time while executing one of the most impressive dunks I’ve ever seen anyone pull off.
— Swish Cultures (@swishcultures_) August 6, 2023
Damn, Jaxon. Save some talent for the rest of us.