Who is Juan Hernangomez, star of the new Netflix movie Hustle?

Utah Jazz great Juan Hernangómez makes his acting debut in Adam Sandler’s Hustle, a Netflix film about an NBA scout who finds a gem in Bo Cruz, Spain.

NBA players have tried, and often failed, to transition into prominent acting roles. But the movies that focus on basketball and heart — whether it is space jam or Hurry – tend to bring out the best in NBA players.

Hurry, which debuted June 8 on Netflix, stars Adam Sandler as Stanley Sugarman, a Philadelphia 76ers scout on the hunt for the team’s next big star. In Spain, he stumbles upon Bo Cruz, a towering Spanish talent who belongs in the NBA – if only someone would give Cruz a chance.

Similarly, Sandler and Hustle director Jeremiah Zagar wanted to give the actor who plays Cruz a shot at the first acting role of his career. Juan “Juancho” Hernangómez, a NBA star originally from Spain, was perfect for the role — although he originally was didn’t want it at all.

Multi-talented Hernangómez has been in the NBA for several years, and in some ways his own path to stardom mirrors some of the adversity seen there Hurry.

Who is Juan Hernangomez?

In real life, 26-year-old Hooper descends from Spanish royalty: his mother and father played professional basketball in Spain, and his brother Willy Hernangómez currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans. Juancho’s younger sister Andrew currently plays college basketball for Fairfield University.

Drafted 15th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2016 NBA draft, Juancho is currently on the fifth NBA team of his career.

Juancho started his professional basketball career in Spain: from 2014 to 2016 he played for CB Estudiantes. In his 2015/16 season in ACB (Spain’s professional basketball league), Hernangómez won the ACB Best Young Player award.

Although the 6’9″ center/power forward has been described as a “throw-in player” for the Jazz deadline trade, Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune described his play as “silver lining‘ after hard losses in March.

“He shattered the glass early on, he got us some extra shots,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said at the time. “And historically he’s been really good from corners his entire career – about 40% on catch-and-shoot corners 3 – and that’s something he gave us tonight.”

In addition to being a talented actor, Hernangómez is a versatile contributor to the NBA teams he has played on, much like his brother Willy.

Why Adam Sandler Cast Juan Hernangomez in Hustle

Netflix spoke with Sandler and Hernangómez about their experiences making the film. The casting took place during the quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic when the Hernangómez siblings were at home together having fun in front of the camera.

“We made videos with my sister and brother,” Juancho told Netflix. “We didn’t know how to do the auditions. So we just put the camera in the kitchen and just played. So it was kind of crazy because I don’t know what to expect or what they saw in me.”

For Sandler, the lack of professional experience wasn’t an issue — he just wanted to be sure the film was “a real hooper.”

“I watched his video and he was a really fun, cool, charismatic guy – handsome as hell.” Sandler said of Hernangómez. “He was just very natural, really real. [With Hernangómez on board,] We knew we had something no one could doubt. That’s a real hooper.”

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 7: (LR) Juancho Hernangomez and Adam Sandler speak onstage during the Netflix special screening of ‘Hustle’ Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Film Center on June 7, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Netflix)

Which NBA team does Juan Hernangomez play for?

Juancho Hernangómez currently plays for the Utah Jazz.

Since making his NBA debut in 2016, he has also played for the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

Hernangómez was traded from the Spurs to the Jazz on February 9 before the NBA trade deadline.

The story of NBA brothers Juan Hernangomez and Willy Hernangomez

in a (n exclusive interview with FanSided This February, Willy Hernangomez spoke at length about the close relationship he maintains with his brother and sister.

“They’re not just my brother and sister — they’re both my best friends,” Willy said.

Juancho said the same thing: “He’s my brother, but he’s also my best friend,” he once said in an interview.

Juancho and Willy closely resemble another pair of Spanish basketball brothers: Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol, who texted Juancho and Willy every day when the Hernangómez brothers first joined the NBA. Juancho and Willy used to train against the Gasol brothers as members of the Spanish national team, and they continued their legacy as Juancho and Willy won the 2019 FIBA ​​World Cup for Spain. When the Hernangómez brothers first assembled the team in 2017, their mother, Wonny Geuer, said she was prouder than anyone else in the world.

“There is no greater pride than seeing and having Willy and Juancho together in the national team. Just getting up when the anthem is playing and seeing your son there on the pitch is immensely satisfying, even more so than when I’ve played.” said vulture. “But when the two are together it’s a dream, way better than seeing them both in the NBA.”

Despite so much going well for the Hernangómez brothers, they faced one particular difficulty: Juancho was unable to represent Spain at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Willy said this “bad situation” has been “tough” for him, especially when the NBA seems to be more understanding towards American players.

“We are basketball players and our job is to play for our NBA team, but the NBA team also needs to know that playing for our country and representing it is our dream and our finest moment of the year because it is so beautiful I think they understand that if the American players want to play for the US team.”

Willy also noted that while Juancho was recovering from an injury, the real reason he was dropped from the Olympic squad was because the Minnesota Timberwolves were planning to trade him – and they soon did.

“At the end of the day, everyone knows this is a deal and we knew it was going to be traded soon,” Willy said. “So they wouldn’t let him play and maybe get injured or whatever, so his value will be higher. But obviously disappointed with the decision but I think my brother took it as motivation to keep working hard. We still have a few years to go and my brother will use that as motivation to be better than ever ready for the next Olympics.”


Spain’s Willy Hernangomez (L) and Juan Hernangomez kiss their winner’s trophy at the end of the Basketball World Cup final match between Argentina and Spain September 15, 2019 in Beijing. (Photo by Greg BAKER / AFP) (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER /AFP via Getty Images)

How to watch Hustle

Hurry debuted in theaters on June 3rd and is currently available to stream on Netflix.

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