JaVale McGee

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JaVale McGee

The Big Secret,I think this kid upside is unbelievable,thought he would have went higher in the draft last year,but any way I seen clips of him playing in a summer league with Nick Young. JaVale gets up there,I was reading an article about the Wizard having to put up higher cameras for JaVale,because he jumps so high to where he out of view they call it the JaValeCam,the Wizards have to play him more this season, what's your thoughts

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hell yes

I love JaVale McGee, one of the few bright spots last season for the Wizards. If he can get his offensive game going, the sky is the limit.

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The kid has terrific lenght and athleticism, i saw the same video.
he could be another star F-C , he just need to bulk up a little.

His numbers could be like 18 ppg 10 reb 2 blk in a couple of years

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He can run the floor hard and finish in transition. He should get more playing time next year. But he is still gonna get pushed around a bit. I'm holding off on giving him too much credit for now.

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It was rough going to wiz games this year, but Javale gave us some highlight dunks that the Wiz just haven't had the past few seasons. The kid is saw raw, his basketball IQ is sooooo low, he would make the some ridiculous mistakes in the halfcourt offense, and tried to block everything which got him unnecessary fouls and plenty of goaltending calls, but until he improves his feel for the game, he's gonna rely on raw athleticism for the next couple years which will get him maybe 11, 6, and 2 blocks. High energy player though and fun to watch

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Amazing Player, with to much

Amazing Player, with to much potential.......needs to bulk up and improve post skills.....but reminds me of chris anderson, but with more offense.....very fun player to watch

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He's way tooooooooo skinny.

He's way tooooooooo skinny. Dude needs to seriously bulk up or other centers will eat him alive.

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couldnt agree more with you guys. yes he needs to bulk up but i think this man has the potential to be a top 5 center in this league one day. he is a monster on the floor when he sets his mind to dominate and runs the floor like a damn deer

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Good article on McGee from the season

In case you didn't catch it...

 McGee Upbeat at End of Uneven Season

Washington Post Staff Writer 
Tuesday, April 7, 2009; Page D03

The jumping-jack reflexes, jaw-dropping athleticism and jumbo jet wingspan have allowed rookie JaVale McGee to leave behind a trail of supporters almost everywhere the Washington Wizards have been this season.

His shot-blocking ability caught the attention of New Orleans's Chris Paul in Europe during the preseason. His above-the-rim acrobatics produced an immediate fan in former slam dunk champion Dwight Howard. And his ability to take a physical pounding and keep coming back led notorious big-man-belittler Shaquille O'Neal to offer some rare praise for a young center.

But McGee's assortment of eye-popping dunks and front-row delivery rejections hasn't been able to mask an important fact: The raw 21-year-old is still learning how to play.

"He's shown some flashes of what kind of ability he has. Obviously there are lot of things he needs to work on," Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld said about the player he drafted 18th overall out of Nevada last summer. "He still has a long way to go, as with a lot of young players. But the potential is there for him to be a very solid NBA player."

If not for injuries to Brendan Haywood and later Etan Thomas and Andray Blatche, the 7-foot, 240-pound McGee likely wouldn't have had opportunities to dazzle. "I didn't think I was going to get any minutes or anything, but it happened," McGee said. "I just tried to take advantage of the situation. I could've been better, but I don't have any regrets. I'm just happy to be here."

McGee has started 13 games at center this season, recorded four double-doubles and had 16 games with 10 or more points. But his inconsistency and lack of upper body strength caused him to drift in and out of what interim coach Ed Tapscott likes to call his "Palace of Good Play."

"JaVale has some wonderful tools," Tapscott said. "I see a guy whose athletic gifts are terrific. It's just a matter of him learning the pro game, learning how to read and react, getting used to the fact that his athletic ability is a tool, but it isn't the end-all and be-all."

McGee has averaged 6.3 points and four rebounds in just more than 15 minutes in his first season. Aside from getting shoved around by bigger centers and trying to grasp the nuances of the NBA game, McGee said the greatest challenge he has had to overcome was dealing with what he called "very interesting minutes."

"It's been ups and downs," McGee said, when asked to describe this season. "Just being thrown out there and then pulled out. I started to realize it's a business and you just got to keep working hard and deal with it. I'm just trying to make the best of it and keep working hard and look forward to next season and work harder in the summer."

The Wizards plan on having McGee play in summer league games, while McGee said he will spend the offseason focusing on getting a better shooting touch on his jump shot, developing some consistent post moves and adding more muscle. "I'm never going to be as big as Shaq. I just feel I need to get bigger," McGee said.

Tapscott said he'll settle for McGee someday developing half of O'Neal's strength. "He doesn't have to be a beast. We don't need to make him 320 pounds," Tapscott said. "His game will always be speed and quickness, but he will need more strength."

Said Grunfeld, "It's going to be an important summer for him, as it is for all of us."

When asked if he leaned on anyone to help him deal with the rough patches this season, McGee said, "Nah, I just sucked it up."

Since Haywood returned to the lineup on April 1, McGee has played a total of 14 minutes the past three games. McGee, however, said he welcomes Haywood's return as a way of helping him improve in practice. He also has begun to reveal a side of his personality that has been under wraps to those outside of the Wizards' locker room.

The first sign came on Feb. 27, when President Obama watched the Wizards' 113-90 win over the Chicago Bulls. McGee took note of DeShawn Stevenson's hand wave over his face, and decided to do something special for the president. After a dunk, McGee saluted, and it has become his signature post-dunk ritual.

McGee said people now salute him at the mall and at home games.

He later added a choreographed pre-game dance with teammate Nick Young. Then McGee, an admitted electronics junkie, recently posted on YouTube a video of himself, Young, Andray Blatche and Mike James dressed in silly costumes, dancing, dunking and reenacting an old Nike commercial where players performed various dribbling tricks with a basketball. "We was just fooling around," said McGee, who came up with the concept. "I've been doing it since high school, music and videos and stuff. [The YouTube video] is getting a lot of love. It's entertaining. People are just laughing about it."

And possibly joining McGee's roster of all-star admirers. 

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Back-up Center

McGee will likely get opportunities next season. The Wizards traded away Etan Thomas as part of the Foye-Miller trade opening up the back-up center spot behind Haywood. Andray Blatche and McGee should get the bulk of the minutes there unless the Wizards have a center signing or trade coming up.

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I agree, he is a really interesting young player, but i think he reminds me more of Tyson Chandler than anyone. Centers that raw rarely develop into offensive forces, but a great young center with some serious defensive potential, I think he'll be a 12 10 and 2 guy in a couple years

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I'm a BIG fan of McGee. I

I'm a BIG fan of McGee. I think the sky is the limit for him. He just needs to improve his basketball IQ, offensive/defensive awareness, etc. He's a little impatient on offense and falls for the pump fake too much on defense. I think he'll be a big time shot blocker.

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He has alot of talent and

He has alot of talent and potential. But he does need to get bigger and stronger, and develop on offense. He could be great, but there is a good chance he will be an underachiever

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