The game of basketball runs deep throughout the Nance family. The game has played a prominent role in the lives of Larry Nance Sr. and his three children.
Larry Nance Sr. played 13 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted in the first round (20th overall) in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. In 1988 the Suns traded Nance to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In seven seasons with the Cavaliers Nance averaged 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. He made the NBA all-star team twice in 1989 & 1993 and was selected as a member of the NBA All-Defensive first team in 1989.
Larry Nance Jr. was born on January 1st, 1993 during his fathers final season in the NBA with the Cavaliers. He grew up in Northeast Ohio attending Revere High School near Akron. After playing at Revere for his four years of high school Nance Jr. attended the University of Wyoming. He was only recruited by one other school (James Madison). After a solid NCAA career Nance Jr. was drafted in the first round (27th overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He is now in his third NBA season.
Younger son Pete Nance who stands at 6’10” just completed his senior season at Revere High School where he averaged over 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game. He is ranked as the No. 39 player in the class of 2018 and has committed to play at Northwestern University this fall.
Daughter Casey Nance also played at Revere High School from 2004-2008 and went on to have a nice four years playing at the University of Dayton. She now works for the Cleveland Indians.
The Nance family had decided to stay local after Larry Senior’s playing days were over and made the decision to send their kids to Revere High School.
NBA FINALS REALITY
Larry Sr. made the postseason his first three years in the league with the Phoenix Suns and five more times with Cleveland. Unfortunately in his eight postseason appearances Nance Sr. never made it to the NBA Finals. Cleveland came within two wins of advancing to the Finals in the 1991-92 season only to fall short to the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls 4-2. Jordan became a thorn in the side of both Nance and the Cavaliers having eliminated Cleveland five times over a seven season span between the 1987-88 season and 1993-94 season.
Larry Jr. got his postseason opportunity much earlier than his father thanks to a trade deadline deal from the woeful Lakers to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers on February 9th, 2018. The kid from Akron and son of a Cavs legend was coming home to play with the other kid from Akron who just so happened to be the best player on the planet. Nance Jr. was so happy upon hearing of the trade that he nearly burst into tears of joy. Now 16 years after the best player in the NBA at that time eliminated his father in the Eastern Conference Finals Larry Jr. embarks on his NBA Finals quest in his first postseason with Lebron James by his side. So far this postseason for Cleveland Nance Jr. has provided nice energy and defense off of the bench. He should play a role off of the bench in the NBA Finals against the heavily favored Golden State Warriors.
The Nance family will watch the 2018 NBA Finals with pride as they pin their hopes and dreams on Larry Jr. and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even though Larry Sr. fell short he can now live through the success of his son and the team with whom he shared his greatest success in the NBA.