Muggsy Bogues picks his Space Jam 2 cast to support LeBron James

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It has finally been confirmed, Space Jam 2 is going to happen. LeBron James will star in the sequel to the hugely popular Warner Bros film that will be co-written by Fast and Furious 6 director Justin Lin along with Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello.

Two decades have passed since the original film - starring Michael Jordan, Muggsy Bogues and co. - hit the big screen, but it is still, to date, one of the most universally recognised movies after it pulled in $230.4 million at Box Office. 

The Looney Tunes have gone quiet over the past 20 years, but the second instalment of the basketball-cartoon crossover will offer the animated characters the chance to jump back into the lives of millions. 

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GiveMeSport sat down with the former Charlotte Hornets guard and star in '96 Bogues to ask: 'If Space Jam was to be recast in the year 2016, who would be involved?' Here is who he said.

Patrick Ewing - DeAndre Jordan

One of the best ever centers; 2008 Hall of Fame inductee Patrick Ewing spent 15 years with the New York Knicks and is still the franchise's all-time points scorer.

The center position may be changing dramatically in the new era of basketball, but there is still a place for dominant big men in the league. 

DeMarcus Cousins has been putting up impressive numbers for the Kings this season, but Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was given the nod.

Jordan was a 2015 All-Defensive First Team selection and is a two-time rebounding champion. He averaged 12.7 points and 13.8 boards per game for Clippers who finished fourth in the west before losing to Portland in the playoffs.

Shawn Bradley - Kristaps Porzingis

Former 76ers and Mavericks center Shawn Bradley was only in his second season when Space Jam was filmed. He went on to lead the league in blocks in 1997 and finished his career averaging 2.5 per game. 

His modern day replacement is certainly a big man with a difference. Kristaps Porzingis took the league by storm during his rookie season in the Big Apple. 

The Latvian posted impressive numbers despite a tough second half of the season for the Madison Square Garden franchise, and his popularity went through the roof. 

Fourth in terms of jersey sales from the start of the season to Christmas, the Porzingis craze has not been seen since the days of 'Linsanity'.  Averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, the center also has a three-point shot in his arsenal, something rarely seen in a natural center.

Larry Johnson - Draymond Green

Another former Knick, and the first pick in the 1991 draft, Johnson was a two-time All-Star, who ended his career with 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. 

What better player to replace him than Golden State Warriors triple-double machine Draymond Green? The 25-year-old has become a vital cog in the Golden State demolition machine and has transformed himself into an All-Star after being a second-round draft pick.

7.4 assists per game for a power forward is incredible, and his performances for the record-setting Warriors have established him as one of the best forwards in the game today.

Charles Barkley - Jared Sullinger

Charles Barkley is renowned for his work on 'Inside the NBA', but his decorated career, that included being voted the regular-season MVP in 1993, will never be forgotten.

An 11-time All-Star and Hall of Famer, Barkley will go down as one of the greatest power forwards ever. He ended his career with an average double-double of 22.1 points and 11.7 rebounds.

Bogues chose Jared Sullinger as his 21st-century replacement. The Boston Celtics forward is in his fourth NBA season and posted 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this campaign.

Muggsy Bogues - Isaiah Thomas

A fan favourite of all NBA followers; Muggsy Bogues defied the odds to inspire a generation of small men and compete in the land of the giants. 

Standing at 5"3', Bogues was a star for the Charlotte Hornets, leaving the franchise as their all-time leader in career assists and steals. 

There is a certain point guard in Boston who has made waves for similar reasons. Isaiah Thomas, an All-Star for the first time in 2016, was in fine form for the Celtics throughout the season. 

Averaging 22.2 points and 6.2 assists in 32.2 minutes during the regular season, he led the Celtics to fifth in the Eastern Conference. He also gave it all in the playoffs but was unable to help his team advance past the Atlanta Hawks.

Who would make a better supporting cast? The 1996 Space Jam stars or the 2016 Muggsy Bogues stars? Leave your comments below

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