JaVale McGee

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JaVale McGee
J McGee - Wizards vs Heat 2009-04-04.jpg
McGee during his tenure with the Wizards
No. 34 – Denver Nuggets
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-01-19) January 19, 1988 (age 27)
Flint, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school Detroit Country Day
(Beverly Hills, Michigan)
Providence Christian
(Fremont, Michigan)
Hales Franciscan (Chicago, Illinois)
College Nevada (2006–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
20082012 Washington Wizards
2012–present Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
2x Shaqtin' a Fool MVP (2012-2013)
Stats at

JaVale Lindy McGee (born January 19, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 18th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2008 NBA Draft.

High school and college[edit]

McGee was born in Flint, Michigan, and attended two high schools in Michigan: Detroit Country Day School and Providence Christian, before transferring to Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago.[1] McGee was the starting center for the University of Nevada. According to Hales Franciscan coach Gary London, McGee's natural position in college was ideally small forward, and that he could play both forward spots.[1] After his sophomore campaign, in which he averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, shooting 53 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range, McGee decided to hire an agent and declare for the 2008 NBA Draft.[2]

NBA career[edit]

Washington Wizards (2008–2012)[edit]

McGee was selected 18th overall by the Wizards in the 2008 NBA Draft. On July 9, 2008, he signed a two-year, $2.4 million deal with the Wizards.[3]

On January 9, 2010, McGee was fined $10,000 by the Wizards for participating in Gilbert Arenas' antics before a game on January 5, 2010 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Arenas was being investigated for a prior incident involving guns in the Wizards' locker room, but made light of the accusations by pointing his finger at his teammates, as if he were shooting them. His teammates were photographed smiling and laughing with him.[4]

On January 6, 2011, McGee was chosen to participate in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.[5] McGee was the first Wizard to ever participate in the contest. He finished in second place, losing to Blake Griffin. McGee was the first player to use three balls at one time in a dunk contest, which was later cited by the Guinness World Records as the most basketballs dunked in a single jump. The third ball was passed to him from teammate John Wall.

On March 15, 2011, in a 98–79 loss against the Chicago Bulls, McGee notched his first career triple-double, recording 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 blocks. His career high 12 blocks was the most since Keon Clark had 12 on March 23, 2001.[6] However, he received some criticism for taking ill-advised shots in the fourth quarter to ensure he reached 10 points while his team was being blown out, and even received a technical foul for excessive celebration by pulling himself on the rim after a dunk for his final points. Television commentator Kevin McHale called it a "bad triple-double".[7] In response to the criticism, McGee said, "I got a triple-double. Who can say they got a triple-double? I’m not really worried about it."[8] McGee became known for his eccentric playing style, which sometimes resulted in uncommon plays. McGee averaged over 8 rebounds and 10 points over the 2011 and 2012 seasons[9] with the Wizards.

Denver Nuggets (2012–present)[edit]

On March 15, 2012, McGee was traded to the Nuggets along with Ronny Turiaf in a deal that sent Nenê to the Wizards.[10] As a member of the Wizards, he started 40 of 41 games in which he appeared; with the Nuggets, he would start in 5 of 20 games in which he appeared. His minutes would also be reduced, averaging 27.4 with Washington but 20.6 with Denver.[11] On March 21, in his Nuggets debut, McGee made the game-winning dunk off an Arron Afflalo missed free throw with 5 seconds left on the clock. At the end of the regular season, the Nuggets earned the West's sixth seed, and McGee appeared in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, which was his first playoff appearance in his career. McGee's series-high was 21 points in Game 5 against first-round opponent Los Angeles Lakers.[12] McGee's numbers were up and down throughout the series, including Game 7, when he scored just 6 points on 1-7 shooting in 32 minutes of floor time.[13] On July 18, 2012, McGee re-signed with the Nuggets on a four-year, $44 million contract.[14]

McGee's 2013–14 season was ended on February 20, 2014 when he underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left tibia in which he sustained on November 8, 2013.[15]

On October 29, 2014, McGee made his return for the Nuggets, recording 2 points and 2 rebounds in the season opening 89-79 win over the Detroit Pistons.[16]


McGee received an invite to the United States men's national basketball team's mini camp in the summer of 2009 and again in the summer of 2010.[17] McGee played with Team USA in a scrimmage at Radio City Music Hall during the 2010 World Basketball Festival[18] but after an uneven performance he did not play in the team's scrimmage against China at Madison Square Garden and was cut on August 15, 2010.[19]

McGee visited the Philippines twice during the 2011 NBA lockout, first in exhibition games with NBA stars against players from the Philippine Basketball Association and the Smart Gilas national team, and then in a basketball clinic. Later that year, he express his interest in playing for the Philippine National team,[20] In 2012 a bill was filed for his Filipino citizenship[21] to make him eligible to play for Smart Gilas

In 2014 McGee was asked again by the Gilas Pilipinas this time together with Andray Blatche to take part as a naturalized player for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The naturalization process is ongoing.[22]


His father, 6'10" George Montgomery, was a 1985 second-round draft selection by the Portland Trail Blazers.[1] His mother, Pamela McGee, was a USC standout and WNBA star for the Los Angeles Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs.[3] McGee is the first son of a WNBA player to ever play in the NBA.[23]

McGee had the largest documented armspan of any current NBA player at 7 ft 6.5 in (2.30 m)[24] until the Nuggets drafted Rudy Gobert, with an armspan at 7 ft 8.5 in (2.35 m) in the 2013 NBA Draft. He has been featured regularly on Inside the NBA's basketball blooper feature "Shaqtin' a Fool".[25][26] McGee has expressed displeasure at his frequent appearance on the segment.[27]

In 2013, it was announced that McGee would be starring in his own reality television show, Mom’s Got Game, with his mother.[28]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 Washington 75 14 15.2 .494 .000 .660 3.9 .3 .4 1.0 6.5
2009–10 Washington 60 19 16.1 .508 .000 .638 4.0 .2 .3 1.7 6.4
2010–11 Washington 79 75 27.8 .550 .000 .583 8.0 .5 .5 2.4 10.1
2011–12 Washington 41 40 27.4 .535 .000 .500 8.8 .6 .6 2.5 11.9
2011–12 Denver 20 5 20.6 .612 .000 .373 5.8 .3 .5 1.6 10.3
2012–13 Denver 79 0 18.1 .575 1.000 .591 4.8 .3 .4 2.0 9.1
2013–14 Denver 5 5 15.8 .447 .000 1.000 3.4 .4 .2 1.4 7.0
Career 359 158 20.5 .541 .200 .584 5.7 .4 .4 1.9 8.7


2012 Denver 7 0 25.9 .434 .000 .538 9.6 .7 .7 3.1 8.6
2013 Denver 6 2 18.7 .581 .000 .389 5.2 .0 .7 1.0 7.2
Career 13 2 22.5 .488 .000 .477 7.5 .4 .7 2.2 7.9

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Nevada lands recruit McGee, son of former WNBA star
  2. ^ 'Big Secret' out at Nevada; McGee declares for draft
  3. ^ a b Rookie McGee signs contract with Wizards
  4. ^ The Washington Wizards have fined four players for participating in Arenas' antics
  5. ^ "Griffin, Ibaka, Jennings and McGee set for Sprite Slam Dunk |". Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Despite JaVale McGee's triple-double, Bulls best Wizards to gain control of first in East". ESPN Internet Ventures. March 15, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ JaVale McGee’s Unusual Triple-Double
  8. ^ "JaVale McGee responds to negative reaction to triple-double". Sporting News. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ "JaVale McGee NBA & ABA Stats |". Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ Wizards trade JaVale McGee and Nick Young
  11. ^ "JaVale McGee". Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ Beacham, Greg (May 9, 2012). "Nuggets avoid elimination, hold off Lakers 102-99". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Pau Gasol-led Lakers top Nuggets in Game 7; Metta World Peace adds 15 points in return". May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Nuggets re-sign free agent JaVale McGee". July 18, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ Denver Nuggets Center JaVale McGee Undergoes Surgery
  16. ^ Nuggets open with 89-79 win over Pistons
  17. ^ Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee added to Team USA camp roster - ESPN
  18. ^ "JaVale McGee has uneven outing in Team USA scrimmage". The Washington Post. 
  19. ^ "Sports | Reno Gazette-Journal |". Retrieved April 5, 2014. 
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  22. ^ Report: Philippines wants to naturalize JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche before World Championships
  23. ^ Mother-son legacy a first for WNBA/NBA
  24. ^ ESPN Sport Science Feature
  25. ^ Shaqtin' A Fool
  26. ^ Shaqtin' A Fool - The Best of the Worst of Javale Mcgee
  27. ^ Wait, what did JaVale McGee say about Shaquille O'Neal?

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