Grading the Acting Skills of 10 of the NBA's Biggest Stars

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Grading the Acting Skills of 10 of the NBA's Biggest Stars
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The 85th Academy Awards are right around the corner, but unfortunately, no NBA superstar received a nomination.

Most shockingly, Kevin Durant didn't impress Academy voters with his lead role in Thunderstruck.

Still, a few stars have flashed some surprising talent in TV shows, commercials and online shorts. While they're just cameos, a few of these ballers might get acting jobs once the sun sets on their NBA careers.

We have already seen Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Airplane, Michael Jordan in Space Jam and Shaquille O'Neal in Blue Chips and Kazaam

And I would be remiss not to mention Ray Allen's excellence as Jesus Shuttlesworth in He Got Game. How the voters at the 1999 MTV Movie Awards gave the nod for Breakthrough Male Performance to James Van Der Beek instead of Allen, I'll never know. 

But Allen is on his way out in the NBA, hanging around long enough to knock down some more threes and snag another championship ring if he's lucky. He is excluded from consideration, but if it was five years ago, I would have to give him an "A."

The same goes for Steve Nash, an aging point guard whose time on camera ensures hilarity. Just check out this infomercial from the "Canadian celebrity" himself.

With that said, let's review the acting chops of some of the league's biggest stars and ponder which ones would be worthy of a role in Kazaam 2—if it ever comes out, that is. 

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