Birth order has been studied since Alfred Alder in early 1900’s first asserted that birth order influences personalities. In the book, Born to Rebel, Frank Sulloway wrote that first borns are more conscientious, more likely to be rule followers than later born children. The impact of birth order s not universally accepted in the scientific world. In fact, many psychologists dispute that it makes any impact.
The real scientific issue is controls and the inability to compare one family to the other. However, according to Wikipedia those who believe in birth order believe in the following,
“First borns scored higher on conservatism, conscientiousness and achievement orientation. Later borns scored higher on rebelliousness, openness, and agreeableness.”In addition, “ firstborns mainly have adult influences around them in their early years, they will spend their initial years of life interacting in a highly intellectual family environment. This effect may also be observed in siblings who, although later born, have a sibling at least five years senior with no siblings in between. These children are considered to be “functional firstborns”. The theory further suggests that firstborns will be more intelligent than only children, because the latter will not benefit from the “tutor effect” While recent studies have shown “ distinctly higher rate of success among second borns later in life in the areas of career as well as wealth.”
With all of that said I thought it would be interesting to see where the Jazz players fit in birth order.
CJ Miles – oldest of 4 (2 sisters and a brother)
Enes Kanter – oldest of 4 (2 brothers and a sister)
Jeremy Evans – oldest of 2 with a younger brother.
Josh Howard – oldest of three, a brother and a sister
If the studies show the oldest are less competitive, more rule following, more conscientious I would say that CJ and Jeremy fit that role. We don’t know Enes well enough yet to be able to see how he develops, but early signs are I don’t see the same chip on his shoulder you see out of the guys who had older siblings.
Paul Millsap – the second of 5 all boys.
Derrick Favors – middle kid of three with 1 sister and a brother
Jamaal Tinsley was the 3rd of 8 with 3 brothers and 4 sisters
Devin Harris — the middle kid with an older brother who worked him and a younger sister
DeMarre Carroll – was the 3rd of 4 with 2 brothers and a sister, his olderst brother passed when he was a teenager.
Al Jefferson – the 4th of 5 with 3 sisters and a brother.
Earl Watson – was the 5th of 7 with 6 boys and 1 girl in the family
Alec Burks – younger of two with an older brother who lives with him in SLC
Gordon Hayward – has a twin sister and they competed for everything including seats in the car.