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NBA players in ‘Hustle’ on Netflix: Juancho Hernangomez, Anthony Edwards, Trae Young amongst athletes solid in latest Adam Sandler movie

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Following from his acclaimed dramatic performance in Uncut Gems in 2019, Adam Sandler is back on the massive screen along with his latest movie Hustle, which brings the NBA world to Hollywood. 

Sandler, who plays Stanley Sugerman, an embattled NBA scout for the Philadelphia 76ers discovers Bob Cruz, played by Utah Jazz big man Juancho Hernangómez, with hopes of helping him make it from Spain to the NBA.

The film, delivered to life by the SpringHill Company with LeBron James serving as an Executive Producer, includes a host of massive names, including Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall in addition to former NBA player Kenny Smith.

The way to watch Hustle

Hustle is premiering in select theaters and might be released on Netflix on Wednesday, June 8.

Is Hustle based on a real story?

The inspirational story features loads of real-life NBA players, giving it an authentic take a look at the lifetime of an expert basketball scout, nevertheless, the story is just not based on a singular experience.

The screenplay was delivered to life by Oscar-nominated Will Fetters, known for his work on the acclaimed film A Star is Born, alongside Taylor Materne, known for his work on the NBA 2K video games.

Which NBA players are in Hustle?

As seen within the trailer, the Philadelphia 76ers feature heavily within the film with Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, and Matisse Thybulle appearing alongside former 76er Boban Marjanović.

Marjanović is quickly making a reputation for himself on the massive screen. He also appeared opposite Keanu Reaves because the world’s tallest bad guy within the 2019 film John Wick 3.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton, Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon, Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry and Brooklyn Nets guard Seth Curry also appear within the film.

The performance that has everyone talking is that of Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, who’s perfectly solid because the slick-talking villain. 

.@theantedwards_ makes his acting debut as a villain in HUSTLE… and in response to @TheJetOnTNT, “he was a rattling good villain” 😂 @Kayla_Grey pic.twitter.com/dK1q2ujEHp

— THE SHIFT (@theshift_sports) June 3, 2022

“His talent could be very much like mine, but I do not talk no trash on the market, in order that was latest to me,” Edwards told PopCulture. “I used to be just excited to be an element of it, man. It was a dream come true for me.

“It was dope for me,” Edwards added. “Coming from the basketball world, seeing all of the work that you simply got to place in to be an actor on a regular basis. It takes a variety of outing of your day and takes a variety of dedication. To be the most effective, you set to work the toughest.”

Who’s Juancho Hernangomez?

Hernangomez, born in Madrid, Spain, has played six seasons within the NBA after moving on from CB Estudiantes.

The 26-year-old was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 2016 with the No. 15 overall pick. He had stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, and currently plays for the Utah Jazz.

Hernangomez was initially reluctant to even audition for the role. He eventually gave it a shot on the encouragement of his brother and sister. 

“So, it was crazy because I never dreamed to be an actor,” Hernangomez said. “They called my agent because they were looking and doing an open casting, and I used to be telling them, ‘No, I’m not interested. I don’t desire to waste my time being an actor.’ I never dreamed about it. So I told them no for 5 – 6 months, after which Covid hits.

“I wasn’t on a team. I used to be doing quarantine with my brother and my sister, and we were so bored that my sister knew in regards to the casting, and he or she was like, ‘Why don’t we play like [we’re] doing a movie?’ and we just did the audition.”

Who’s Anthony Edwards?

Edwards has quickly established himself as among the best interviews within the NBA, with the 21-year-old frequently having the press conference room laughing along with his postgame answers. 

The shooting guard was chosen with the No. 1 overall pick within the 2020 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and finished runner up within the 2021 Rookie of the Yr voting. 

He led the Timberwolves to the NBA playoffs this season, which is the primary time the team has made the postseason since 2018.

Who’s Tobias Harris?

Harris has played 11 seasons within the NBA after being chosen by the then Charlotte Bobcats within the 2011 NBA Draft with the No. 19 overall pick. He was quickly traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he played for a season and a half.

After Milwaukee, Harris played for the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers and now the Philadelphia 76ers. Harris has spent the last three-and-a-half seasons with the 76ers.

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