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34  -  JaVale McGee - C, 7'0, 250
Denver Nuggets - Acquired via trade in March 2012
       Date of birth: 01/19/1988
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 18th pick, 2008
     Out of: Nevada
  NBA Experience: 6 years
  Hand: Right





From blog:


   How much centres get paid
2010-10-04

- Washington: JaVale McGee (rookie scale)

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   Where Are They Now, 2010 Summer League
2010-09-17

- JaVale McGee - JaVale McGee is better than you think he is. More importantly, he's better than Flip Saunders thinks he is.

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   2010 Summer League Rosters: Washington Wizards
2010-07-14

JaVale McGee

For whatever reason, Flip Saunders really did not want to play JaVale McGee last year. He instead persisted with playing Fabricio Oberto, despite how bad Oberto played. The whole science of signing him was equally terrible, but we won't talk about that here. We don't need to, because it's already talked about here. To put it succinctly, McGee's PER of 17.0 annihilates Oberto's 5.7. And while Saunders finally got it right towards the end of the year, McGee still didn't even get 1,000 minutes on a team that won only 26 games. There's really no defense for that.

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   The Finances Of The Trade Deadline Deals
2010-02-21

Most obviously salary dumping were the Washington Wizards. If they could find a way of consistently getting the ball over halfcourt, the five that they traded away (Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, Dominic McGuire, DeShawn Stevenson) would own the five they received (Zydrunas Ilgauskas, James Singleton, Quinton Ross, Al Thornton, Josh Howard) so badly that it would need a book written about it. The Wizards traded away the three best players amongst those ten and basically removed their own frontcourt; with buyouts of Ilgauskas and Fabricio Oberto looking inevitable, the Wizards will have only Singleton, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee in the front court. This isn't good. (At least it will mean Flip Saunders has to play McGee, something he's basically avoided all season for no obvious reason.)

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   2012 NBA Draft Diary
2012-06-30

[...] Chris Broussard talks in reverential tones about Beal as a "man," just as the panel had also done previously about Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist. He then talks about the Wizards's need to resolve what he calls a "knucklehead factor," something JVG piles on with, saying that to call it that is to be kind. The players who left the Wizards in the last few months = JaVale McGee, Nick Young, Roger Mason. Have those guys been stabbed in the back? No. They've been stabbed in the front. Without ever naming names of who is meant, reputations have just been blackmarked indelibly forever. And I don't mean Roger Mason's.

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   How the Nuggets lost the Kosta Koufos trade
2013-11-13

Despite paying him $11 million a season, the Denver Nuggets routinely play center JaVale McGee less than half of the game. Last season, McGee averaged 18.1 minutes per contest, and thus far this season, despite his ascension to the starter's job, that number has in fact gone down to only 15.8. It is certainly a unique situation, one perhaps befitting of such a unique player.

Denver were able to do this last season because of their great riches at center. In addition to JaVale, the Nuggets last year boasted both Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov, thereby giving themselves three options better than any one of the Bobcats's first option. All merited minutes, and for all to get them, all had to lose some.

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   Don't call it a comeback: Good centers have been here for years
2013-11-12

Those not listed here include Joakim Noah, a high quality two-way centre whose slow start belies his proven quality, the injured Tyson Chandler, and Andrew Bynum, the great unknown who was once a great known. The enigmatic JaVale McGee is also not listed - for all his well documented bursts of ineffectiveness, the position must surely be deep if he is not one of the 20 centers in the NBA - as well as quality role players such as Anderson Varejao, Zaza Pachulia, Sam Dalembert and Chris Kaman. Even further down, proven veterans struggling with either injury (Andrew Bogut) or misuse (Omer Asik) are also left off, as are some up-and-coming youngsters (Steven Adams, Greg Smith, Kosta Koufos).

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