Last Saturday, the O'Dea Fighting Irish beat the Rainier Beach Vikings 68-64 in a double-overtime thriller than earned them the Class 3A Washington state basketball title. The victory was significant to Sonics fans because of the lineage of two of O'Dea's key players, guards Mitch Johnson and Jamelle McMillan. Johnson, a junior, is the son of former Sonics forward John Johnson, while freshman McMillan is the son of Sonics legend and coach Nate. SUPERSONICS.COM takes advantage of their heroics to list off the top ten sons of Sonics when it comes to hoops, many of whom have made their mark on Washington-state basketball.
Bryan Brown (Fred) - Mercer Island, 1993-97; UW, 1997-2001; assistant, UW, 2001-02; assistant, Bellevue CC, 2002-present
The youngest of Fred's three basketball-playing sons, Bryan led the Islanders to the state 3A title and was voted MVP of the tournament during his senior season. After that, he walked on at the University of Washington, eventually developing into a starter as a senior and earning a scholarship. During the 2000-01 season, he started 21 games, averaging 5.5 points and 2.9 assists. Brown moved to the coaching staff for one year and is now an assistant at Bellevue Community College.
Fred Brown, Jr. (Fred) - Mercer Island, 1988-92; coach, Eastside Catholic, 2003-present
Fred's oldest son, Fred, Jr. starred in high school for the Islanders. During the 1992 state tournament, he tied Class 4A records for field goals made (18) and steals (9) vs. Columbia River. Brown has also gone into coaching. After several years as an assistant to legendary Ed Pepple at Mercer Island, he spent a year as the head girls coach at Eastside Catholic before moving over to coach the boys team this year.
Terik Brown (Fred) - Mercer Island, 1991-95; Oregon, 1995-99; assistant, Eastside Catholic, 2003-present
After joining his brothers in starring at Mercer Island, Terik went to the University of Oregon, where he enjoyed an outstanding four-year career. He finished his career with 1,152 points and became the 20th player in school history to top the 1,000 mark. During his senior season, Brown averaged 12.3 points per game, scoring double-digits 23 times. Most dangerous from three-point range, Brown ranked third on the Ducks all-time list for threes made with 223 when he completed his career. Brown now assists his brother at Eastside Catholic.
Pat Ewing, Jr. (Patrick) - Indiana University, 2003-present
Pat, Jr.'s father, Patrick, had only a limited stint with the Sonics, spending the penultimate year of his Hall of Fame career in Seattle. The son has a lot to live up to after Patrick's outstanding All-Star tenure with the New York Knicks. Highly recruited, Pat, Jr. settled on Indiana University, where he was a rotation player as a freshman. Playing 26 of 27 games, Ewing has averaged 3.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 52.5% from the field. He should play a bigger role next year.
Mitch Johnson (John) - O'Dea, 2001-present
Johnson is still early in his career, but his performance during this year's state tournament is going to be tough to top. He was named MVP after O'Dea's victory, having led the way with 27 points, six rebounds and four assists in the title game and sinking 15 of his 17 free-throw attempts. During his senior season, Johnson should draw major recruiting interest from top programs. Like his father, a point-forward during his days with the Sonics, Johnson is effective at setting up his teammates.
David Lucas (Maurice) - Oregon State, 2001-present
Maurice Lucas was another outstanding player who had a brief stint with the Sonics near the end of his career, averaging 7.9 points and providing veteran leadership during the 1986-87 season. His son, David, walked on at OSU but has blossomed into an outstanding player. As a junior this year, Lucas has averaged 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds, shooting 51.1% from the field, and was named All-Pac-10. As a 6-7 small forward, Lucas probably won't have the kind of NBA career his father did, but he's an outstanding college player all the same.
John Lucas (John) - Baylor, 2001-03; Oklahoma State, 2003-present
Repeating the Ewing and (Maurice) Lucas stories, John Lucas played 74 game with the Sonics as a backup point guard in the 1988-89 season. His son, also John, is also a point guard and one of the best in the country. After spending two years at Baylor, Lucas was allowed to transfer to Oklahoma State without sitting out a season because of the myriad problems at Baylor. He has emerged as one of the top players in the Big 12 and was named to the AP's all-conference first team. Averaging 14.9 points and 4.8 assists per game, Lucas helped lead the Cowboys to their first Big 12 title and hopes to take them far into the NCAA Tournament.
Marlon Shelton (Lonnie) - UW, 1998-2003
Sonics forward Lonnie Shelton's sons both inherited his size but put it to different uses. L.J. Shelton is a 6-6, 335 tackle for the Arizona Cardinals. Marlon was a 6-9, 280 center for the University of Washington. Shelton's career was derailed by a torn ACL suffered at the tail end of his junior season against USC. After sitting out the 2001-02 season, Shelton returned last year to a UW team that had moved on without him under new coach Lorenzo Romar. Shelton saw just 142 minutes of action as a fifth-year senior, but was a contributor throughout his career.
Stephen Silas (Paul) - Brown, 1992-96; assistant, Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, 2000-03, assistant, Cleveland Cavaliers, 2003-present
After playing four years at Brown University, Silas joined his father on the Hornets bench and has followed him to Cleveland this season as an assistant. He also spent three years as the assistant executive director of the National Basketball Retired Players Association. During his first season as an assistant coach in Charlotte, Silas was the youngest assistant in the NBA at 27.
Donald Watts (Slick) - Lake Washington, 1991-95; UW, 1995-99
Slick's son helped lead UW to some of its greatest glory during an outstanding career. The Huskies qualified for the postseason each of Watts' four years, twice playing in the NIT and the last two seasons making the NCAA Tournament. Watts was at his best during tournament play, scoring 28 points in a loss to Miami of Ohio in 1999. He had 22 the season before against Connecticut in the Sweet Sixteen, including a go-ahead three with 33 seconds left in the game that was eventually topped by Richard Hamilton's buzzer-beater. Watts was at his best that season, averaging 16.9 points per game before slipping to 13.1 as a senior. He played in various minor leagues, including a year in the NBDL with Mobile, and retired after participating in the Sonics summer-league camp this past summer. Watts has served as a color commentator for Fox Sports' broadcasts of Husky games this season.
T.J. Cummings (Terry) - UCLA's second-leading scorer as a senior this season.
Chris Ellis (Dale) - Averaged 1.6 points and rebounds as a sophomore at Wake Forest; high-school teammate of Ewing.
Jamelle McMillan (Nate) - Still building his legend at O'Dea.
Michael Westphal (Paul) - Played for father at Pepperdine, briefly walked-on at UW.