Vandy basketball player Shelby Moats is in the HBO series at the LA Lakers

Shelby Moats has joined the list of former Vanderbilt basketball players who still play the game professionally. In a way.

Moats do not play in the NBA, G League or even abroad. However, he gets paid for his basketball ability.

Moats, who played for the Commodores from 2011-15, landed a role in the HBO drama series “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty,” which debuted March 6 and is based on the book “Showtime” by former Tennessean sports author Jeff Pearlman.

He plays Marty Byrneswho spent 10 seasons in the NBA, including the Lakers’ 1979-80 championship season.

Former Vanderbilt basketball player Shelby Moats, right, portraying Marty Byrnes in the HBO drama series "Winning time," with Quincy Isaiah portraying Magic Johnson.

Moats, who is 6-foot-8 and now a private investment manager in New York, started as an extra, spent some time as a stunt double and was upgraded at the end of the series to a character who received on-screen credit.

“My friend (show consultant and basketball coach) Idan Ravin pushed pretty hard at me and then I came in and I looked like (Byrnes) to the extent you put a mustache on me and that goes a long way, “Moats said.

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