Career stats: Joe Bryant: 8.7 ppg, 1.7 apg, 4.0 rpg / Kobe Bryant: 25.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 5.3 rpg
Career years: Kobe Bryant (1996 - present), Joe Bryant (1975 - 1983)
Accolades: Kobe Bryant: 5x NBA champion (2000-2002), (2009-2010), 2x Finals MVP (2009-2010), NBA MVP (2008), 15x NBA All-Star (1998, 2000-2013), 2x NBA Scoring Champion (2006-2007), 11x All-NBA First Team (2002-2004, 2006-2013), 2x Olympic Gold Medalist

Joe Bryant may have achieved more fame as coach than as a player, but it's undeniable that his greatest gift to the basketball universe was bringing his son, Kobe, into this world. The Black Mamba is a five-time NBA champion, among numerous other accolades, and he's often mentioned in the same conversation with the likes of Michael Jordan. He may not have many years left, so we'll do well to enjoy him while he's still around.