Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and Other NBA Players Who Have Rocked Hollywood with Their Acting Skills

Published 03/13/2021, 10:30 PM EST
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NBA stars, especially those who are camera-friendly, lead a life of abundance. These rare talents who can dribble, score, act, shoot, and deliver dialogues go a long way. They win brand endorsements, get talk show invitations, executive positions, and most glorious of all, Hollywood movies. Count the most notable names like LeBron James, Michael Jordan, who have pulled this off amazingly.


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So here’s the list of the five such NBA stars

Before the list begins, it is important to mention Kobe Bryant’s contribution that won him an Oscar. The Black Mamba created ‘Dear Basketball’, an animated flick written and narrated by the 5-time champion himself. With this movie, he wanted to show a different side of basketball that could directly impact the kids out there. It’s a must-watch!


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Now let’s take a look at the list:

#5 Michael Jordan 

Michael Jordan popularised the entry of NBA players into movies with his Space Jam appearance. His post-retirement abduction by Bugs Bunny was one of the most hilarious things to watch for a 90s youngster who happened to love Basketball and cartoons. The movie also starred other important names from the fraternity, like Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing.

#4 Dennis Rodman

Following his legendary teammate, the notorious Dennis Rodman brought his own movie in 1997. Released in April that year, Double Team showed the neurotic Dennis playing Yaz alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme. The movie did not do well, but the fans of Rodman loved it, anyway.

Interestingly, this was also the time he was dating supermodel Carmen Electra.

#3 Ray Allen

The following year, in 1998, came a critically acclaimed sports saga, He Got Game. It was a rather emotional story where a convict was trying his hoopster son to go to college so his prison term could see some relaxation. Ray Allen as Jesus Shuttlesworth did really well as a non-actor prior to that role in the Spike Lee movie. 

#2 Shaquille O’Neal 

Now, Shaquille O’Neal has a handful of movies to boast of on his resume. But his performances in Kyrie Irving’s Uncle Drew and that in the Grown Ups series are the most notable. Well, the thing is, a 7-footer sheriff with an inflated voice and a larger-than-life physique coupled with a sense of humor is always fun to watch. That’s precisely the packaging Shaq comes in.

#1 Kevin Durant

In 2012, Kevin Durant’s Thunderstruck was released when he was still an OKC player. In that movie, a good-for-nothing teenager magically takes KD’s hooping power and becomes the best player in town. The story then follows KD’s humorous agent, who tries his best to gain that power back for his client. It’s a light-hearted watch for entertainment seekers.


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Special mention – LeBron James 

LeBron James is added as a special mention because his Space Jam: A New Legacy is yet to release, and only then can we provide a review. As of now, Bron has already stated how this movie is not a sequel to MJ’s 1996 film and that it is based on a father-son relationship.

Read also – ‘Not a Sequel’: LeBron James Spills Some Beans Ahead of Release of Space Jam 2


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Which movie from the list are you most excited to watch? Help us know in the comments.


Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.