Who Has the Most Kids in the NBA?

With the NBA season in full swing, we take a look at which player has the most kids.


The following is a list of the NBA players who have the most children. The list includes both current and former players. All of the player listed have at least seven children.

Current NBA Players with the Most Kids

The NBA currently has a few players who have a lot of kids. LeBron James is one of them. As of 2020, he has 3 kids. Other players like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony also have multiple kids. All of these players have had successful NBA careers.

Amar’e Stoudemire

Amar’e Stoudemire is a retired American professional basketball player who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has six kids, one with his ex-wife, Alexis Welch, and five with his current partner, Alexis Gallagher.

LeBron James

LeBron Raymone James Sr. (/lʌɪbrən/; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history. James has won four NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, four Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals. He has also been selected to 17 NBA All-Star teams, 18 All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams.

James played high school basketball at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, where he was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. A prep-to-pro, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003 as the first overall draft pick. Named the 2003–04 NBA Rookie of the Year, he soon established himself as one of the league’s premier players; he won his first MVP award in 2009. After failing to win a championship with Cleveland, James left in 2010 to sign with the Miami Heat in a highly publicized ESPN special titled The Decision. This move was announced live on ESPN on July 8, 2010. Many criticized James for how he handled Cleveland’s fans and owner Dan Gilbert’s response to his decision to leave. In 2012, he led Miami on a 27-game winning streak—the third longest in league history—and helped the Heat win their second consecutive title upon defeating Oklahoma City Thunder 4–1 in the 2012 NBA Finals. He was named MVP for both the 2012 Finals and 2013 Finals en route to back-to-back titles with Miami—during which time he became known as “LeBron: The King”. On June 19, 2013 LeBron exercised an early termination option (ETO) on his contract with Miami after seven seasons and rejoined his former team; this time playing alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love which formed what many referred to as “The Big Three”. That summer LeBron also led Team USA to gold medals at both the men’s FIBA World Cup and men’s Summer Olympics basketball tournaments during his spell with Miami over 2011–13; this made him one of only three players (alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen) ever to win an NBA championship, an Olympic gold medal (2012), and an FIBA World Cup gold medal (2014). Following his final season with Miami that same year where they lost to San Antonio Spurs 4–1 in the 2014 NBA Finals; LeBron became a free agent again signing a two-year deal worth $42million with Cleveland Cavaliers prior to their return prior to 2014–15 season where they reached another finals that year ultimately losing again this time 4–2 against Golden State Warriors but would ultimately end up winning against them next year during 2016 season recovering from being down 3–1 lead by winning 3 consecutive games starting off Game 5 en route becoming champions that year beating them 4–3 thus giving him another championship for Cleveland making him be apart Notable moments during those finals include The Block by LeBron off Andre Iguodala late into Game 7 sealing up victory for Cleveland that night which happened moments after Kyrie Irving hit what appeared would be game winner shot by banking it into basket giving Cleveland its first lead since early stages of first quarter that game & JRichard Jefferson hopping over Iguodala moments before final buzzer signaling end of game.”

James has also been active in philanthropy and fundraising throughout his career. He set up The LeBron James Family Foundation while still playing for Cleveland Cavaliers which aims at helping children achieve their dreams through education and co-curricular opportunities while also working towards improving family life by partnering up with local social service agencies. In 2010 LeBron opened up a community learning center called “I Promise” located near his Alma Mater StVincent StMary high school acting as safe haven & resource hub for students & their families outside school hours providing services like GED classes & job placement assistance amongst others.”

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been married to Alani “La La” Vazquez since 2010, and the couple have two sons together: Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, born in 2007, and Carmelo Kai Anthony, born in 2014. In March 2020, Anthony and Vazquez welcomed their third child, a daughter named Melo Kai. Including Melo Kai, Anthony now has a total of 11 kids.

NBA Players with the Most Kids Overall

It’s no secret that NBA players are some of the most athletically gifted people in the world. They’re also some of the most fertile, as a recent study shows that nearly 30% of current NBA players have multiple children with multiple women. So who are these guys?

Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal, one of the most dominant players in NBA history, also has the most kids of any player in the league with 9. O’Neal’s large family includes 5 sons and 4 daughters, ranging in age from 8 to 19. The eldest, Shareef, is currently a freshman basketball player at UCLA. O’Neal has been married twice, first to Shaunie Nelson from 2002-2009 and then to Laticia Rolle since 2013.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American former professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-season career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Bryant won five NBA championships, was an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive team, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP).

Bryant is the son of former NBA player Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. He has three older sisters, Sharia, Shaya, and Kobe’s half-sister, Jalaah. In 2003, Bryant married Vanessa Laine; they had two daughters together before divorcing in 2011. In 2013, while still married to Laine, he fathered a child with a woman named Giselle diIsla Rubio; the child’s mother has chosen to remain anonymous. In 2016 he welcomed his third daughter with wife Vanessa. As of June 2017 he had three grandchildren.

Karl Malone

Karl Malone, nicknamed “The Mailman”, is an American former professional basketball player. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1985 to 2004. He is considered one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history.

Malone also fathered 14 children with nine women, eight of whom he did not marry. Malone has acknowledged all 14 children in interviews and on his website. His oldest child, Demetress, was born when Malone was 19 years old and his youngest, Kadee, was born when he was 40.


In conclusion, it seems that Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant have the most kids in the NBA with a combined total of eight.

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