If you are a basketball fan born in the 80s or 90s I am sure you have heard the news by now that they are coming out with a new Space Jam movie. This time around it will be starring LeBron James, in the place of Michael Jordan. Space Jam 2 has the potential to be a blockbuster, smash hit. As much as critics panned the first one, James has proven he's a capable actor, from his role in Judd Apatow's Trainwreck.
We all remember the plot of Space Jam, and how the Monstars stole the talent of NBA greats of the time Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Mugsy Bogues, Patrick Ewing and Larry Johnson. It has yet to be announced who will have their talents stolen in the coming sequel, so I am here to give Warner Brothers some advice on who they should recruit to steal talent from.
As you can see from the original movie, it is not the five best players in the NBA who have their talents stolen (who thinks of great 90s players and says Shawn Bradley?!) It is more a cast of players with specific skill sets, capable of gelling together to form a dominating squad that can only be defeated by the likes of a team led by Michael Jordan, or in this case LeBron James, surrounded by his cartoon teammates.
With that in mind we also want to take into consideration the acting chops these players have. With the commercialization of the NBA superstars these days, it is not hard to to find guys in the league who have tried their hand at acting, be it in movies, television appearances, or commercials.
With that in mind, feel free to leave us your suggestions for the supporting cast of Space Jam 2 in the comments below.
15 Derrick Rose
If Rose had not suffered as many injuries as he has over the past few years, he would be right there fighting for the top spot on this list. Rose has out of this world jumping ability to go along with a large fan base and a personality fit for the big screen. Rose would make for a great Monstar for another reason as well. He and LeBron James have had some epic playoff battles, so that would obviously help add to the story line of the movie.
14 Nate Robinson
Little Nate would be a perfect fill in for Mugsy Bogues. Nate is a two time Slam Dunk Champion and as a 5'8 player he would be a lovely fit for the Monstars squad. Robinson also has a brilliant personality, and being in a movie like this could spark a career in acting for the diminutive point guard. If Nate was invited to be part of Space Jam 2 he would likely have to take some time off from his newest endeavor, which is trying to make it in the NFL.
13 Kyrie Irving
If Kyrie Irving was selected to play opposite LeBron James in the new movie it would actually make a lot of sense. I could see it now, the Monstars go after LeBron James' best current teammate, in hopes to get a little insight into the mind of James. Kyrie already has a little acting under his belt, so joining James in Hollywood would be no trouble for him. It would be interesting to see how Warner Bros. would use Kyrie if he were to be selected.
12 Zach LaVine
The two time reigning Slam Dunk Champion should be a slam dunk for a role in this movie. The monster who steals LaVine's abilities would be such a fun creation for the folks at Warner Bros. LaVine also has a wonderful personality and is on the cusp of becoming a break-out star in the league, so this exposure would certainly help propel his career and stardom in the NBA. It can't all be seasoned veterans in the movie, you need some youth as well.
11 James Harden
James Harden would have the coolest looking Monstar beard of all time! The beard is already a solidified superstar in the NBA, and has done countless television and commercial appearances, so being in front has probably become second nature for Harden. He also possesses a unique personality, that would likely transfer to the big screen in ways many other NBA players are not capable of. How great of an antagonist would he make?
10 Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are great friends off the court, so this one would be interesting. I could somehow see LeBron and Wade joining forces in the movie. If Wade was to have his powers stolen, however, that Monstar would be a very good addition to the squad LeBron would have to tackle. Wade knows James and his game so well that this would actually be a really interesting move if they went in that direction.
9 Kawhi Leonard
Leonard is an ideal candidate for the Monstars, as he has beaten LeBron on the biggest stage and he is the two team reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, you know what they say, "defense wins championships." It is often talked about how Kawhi has oversized hands, and that is something that could be emphasized if he is one of the players selected for the Monstars squad. The element of history should play somewhat of a factor here.
8 Draymond Green
Here we have the ultimate trash talking Monstar, every team has to have one. I am sure Dreymond would relish the opportunity to be in a movie of this magnitude as well. Green already posses the attitude and ferocity of a monster, so he would be a nature fit. He also is on the rise as a player in the league and his brand would benefit greatly from having Space Jam 2 on his resume.
7 Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard is the most underrated superstar in the NBA today. This season he took a team with only one returning starter (him) from the team last season, and guided them to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs. Lillard would be the Monstar who doesn't say much, but rather lets his game do the talking. He is a tough kid from Oakland, and he acts like it. Also Lillard has done many commercials, most famously being the baby in the Allstate commercials, so he clearly has a knack for acting.
6 Blake Griffin
Blake is basically a shoe in for the movie. He has done so much acting in his career already, and he has even worked with some Warner Bros. characters in one of his KIA commercials. The only reason he is not higher on the list is because he has recently been in hot water. He injured himself late in the season when he assaulted a team trainer, and he was injured for most of the season, ending his season on the injured list. Blake will likely bounce back and be part of the film, but at this point I have my reservations on the high flier.
5 Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook already plays like a Monstar. Many things he does are already cartoonish, and he would easily slide into the role of a freak from another planet. The style at which Russ plays lends itself perfectly to the idea of morphing those skills into the world of digital animation. Russell also likes showing off his stylish outfits, and if he was cast in a role for the film, I have no doubt he will find a way to get one of his flamboyant outfits into a scene or two.
4 Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard is no longer the dominant center he once was, but what he does still have is incredible muscle and the frame of an elite bodybuilder. Howard is referred to as a transformer with his broad shoulders and cut up build. He would be a great fit for the Monstars to steal the talent for their center from. There is no doubt the Monstars will have a larger than life big man in the middle, and who personifies that more that Dwight Howard?
3 Kobe Bryant
This would be a great way to wrap up the legacy of Kobe Bryant, have him be the crotchety old man on the Monstar roster who still believes he can take on the universe's best. Kobe likely never take a role in the movie, and frankly I don't blame him, but it would be great to see Kobe and LeBron on the court together one last time, even if it was in digital animation form. Kobe might even drop 60 points like he did in his last game.
2 Kevin Durant
The "Durantula" would be an incredible and obvious choice for the Monstars to target. Durant has more tools than almost anyone in the league today. Durant's abilities range from ball handing and shooting, to rebounding and defense, the guy can do it all. He also has a new found attitude towards the world, that could really play well into his Monstar personality. He also carries some history with LeBron, having faced him in the 2012 NBA Finals.
1 Steph Curry
Were you expecting someone else? Curry is the ultimate cheat code. He has the ability to shoot from 40 feet away from the basket, he is the closest thing to an alien the NBA has ever seen, and it would not take a wild imagination to envision him as the key member of the Monstars. You could make the argument that Curry would actually make a better protagonist for the movie, while LeBron would be the more natural villain. Either way, Curry has to be in the movie.