The Top 10 Movie Performances By NBA Players

By: 04.13.12
Jesus Shuttlesworth

Shaquille O’Neal will be returning to Hollywood, as he will be joining Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Kevin James in the sequel to “Grown Ups,” creatively called “Grown Ups 2.” Shaq made a cameo appearance in Sandler’s recent box office bomb “Jack and Jill” and must have showcased some acting skills to Sandler that garnered him this role.

We all know Shaq is an actor extraordinaire, appearing in blockbuster films like “Kazaam” and “Steel.” It got us thinking what is the best movie performance by a NBA player?

Here’s Dime‘s top 10 list:

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10. Dwight Howard in “Just Wright”
Dwyane Wade and Rashard Lewis also made a cameo in the movie but Howard actually gets a small speaking role. Dwight plays himself, and really gets into the character, wearing a tight-fitting Ed Hardy shirt like the real Dwight Howard does.
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9. Gheorghe Muresan in “My Giant”
Nowadays, Billy Crystal is mainly known for hosting the Oscars but during the ’80s and ’90s, he was one of the top comedy actors in the business. Pairing the diminutive Crystal with the towering Gheorghe Muresan does sound like a funny concept but unfortunately like his career in the NBA, Mursean seems awkward throughout the movie.

8. Dirk Nowitzki in “Like Mike”
There are a number of cameos by NBA players in “Like Mike” but Dirk Nowitzki’s is the best. Yes, the movie is extremely corny but how could you not laugh at this scene:

“Hey, Calvin! Listen man, could I get your autograph?”
“Sure, Dirk.”
“It’s actually for my niece.”
“What’s her name?”
“Uh, it’s, uh….Dirk.”

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7. Dennis Rodman in “Double Team”
If you thought the pairing of Billy Crystal and Gheorghe Muresan was strange what about the pairing of Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman and Action movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme?

The duo does collaborate on an unintentional funny tag line for the movie: “Offense gets the glory…but defense wins the game.”

6. Darius Miles in “The Perfect Score”
Darius Miles had so much potential and could have been a star in the NBA. He should have followed in the footsteps of his co-star, Scarlett Johansson, who has come a long way from this movie.

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