JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

36-Year-Old CenterC
Sacramento Kings
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Kings in September of 2023.
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JaVale Lindy McGee was born in Flint, Michigan, to George Montgomery and Pamela Denise McGee. McGee's father was a second-round selection in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers while his mother was a basketball star at the University of Southern California, won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and starred for the Los Angeles Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA. Javale McGee also has a younger half sister, Imani McGee-Stafford, who plays in the WNBA. McGee attended two high schools in Michigan -- Detroit Country Day School and Providence Christian -- before transferring to Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. In 2013, he co-founded Juglife (https://www.juglifewater.com/), an organization that is "committed to bringing awareness to the lifestyle that drinking water can provide" and emphasizes "the need to appreciate, conserve, and promote water for a successful life." With Juglife, McGee has helped build water wells in Africa to provide access to clean water. He also took part in the NBA Africa Game in 2018 as part of Team World. McGee has hosted his annual Great Turkey Giveaway in his hometown of Flint -- along with other locations -- for nine years, helping to distribute turkeys to families in need and disabled veterans. In 2016, while a member of the Dallas Mavericks, McGee hosted the Flint PAL Night benefiting the Flint Police Activities League during a road game in Detroit. Learn more about McGee by following him on Twitter (@JaValeMcGee) and on Instagram (@javalemcgee). McGee moved from the Midwest to play for coach Mark Fox and Nevada. He spent his freshman season as an understudy to Nick Fazekas and played 10.0 minutes per game, posting per-game averages of 3.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocked shots. The seven-foot center moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and blossomed. He led the WAC in shot blocks with 2.8 per game and added 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds. McGee also hit 52.9 percent of his field-goal attempts. The team went 12-4 in the WAC but fell in the conference tournament to New Mexico State and headed to the CBI. After the season, McGee hired an agent and made his way to the 2008 NBA Draft, where he was chosen by the Washington Wizards with the 18th overall pick.

Efficient performance in win
CSacramento Kings
January 30, 2024
McGee chipped in eight points (4-5 FG) and four rebounds over 10 minutes during Monday's 103-94 win over Memphis.
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McGee went 4-for-5 from the field, playing exactly 10 minutes for the third time in the past four games. While it is good to see McGee out on the floor, his days of being a fantasy-relevant player are well behind him. Barring an injury to Domantas Sabonis, McGee is not worth adding in any format.
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How does JaVale McGee compare to other players?
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63.4%
 
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62.9%
 
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3.4%
 
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37.1%
 
Offensive Rebound %
13.2%
 
Defensive Rebound %
27.9%
 
Total Rebound %
20.4%
 
Assist %
6.7%
 
Steal %
1.3%
 
Block %
5.5%
 
Turnover %
17.1%
 
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22.8%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
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Set to compete for backup minutes
CSacramento Kings
September 11, 2023
McGee is expected to make the Kings' Opening Night roster and should compete for backup minutes at center, James Ham of TheKingsBeat.com reports.
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It wouldn't be surprising if McGee makes the roster for Opening Night, as he has a guaranteed deal for the entire campaign. McGee will battle with Alex Len for backup minutes behind the starting center, Domantas Sabonis.
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McGee has bounced around the league since his debut in the 2008-09 season. He landed in a reserve role with the Suns last season, averaging 16 minutes over 74 games. Despite his limited time on the floor, he still managed to provide 9.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He also shot a robust 62.9 percent from the field, which was the fifth time in the last six seasons that he has shot at least 62.0 percent. Looking for a more prominent role, he signed a three-year, $17.2 million contract with the Mavericks this offseason, reportedly to be their starting center. The last time we saw him average over 20 minutes per game was with the Lakers during the 2018-19 season. Across 22 minutes per game that season, he averaged 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. The Mavericks also added Christian Wood, who is more than capable of holding down significant playing time at the five. Still, with McGee a potential option to play around 20 minutes per game, he's a viable late-round target for rebounds and blocks.
McGee just might be the big man the Suns sorely missed in last season's Finals series against the bigger Milwaukee Bucks. The Suns signed the free-agent center this off-season to a one-year, $5 million dollar contract, and expect him to bring defensive presence in the paint when Ayton sits. McGee also brings playoff experience to the young team. He's won three NBA titles since being drafted 18th overall in 2008 -- two with the Warriors and one with the Lakers. Last season, McGee split his time with Cleveland and Denver, playing in 46 games and averaging 7.3 points on 51.1 percent shooting, with 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 14.7 minutes. While McGee is not known for his offensive game, his career 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 17.1 minutes represent a track record of defensive consistency. As McGee is 33 years old and in the backside of his career, there's no reason to expect anything but similar minutes and per-game production in 2021-22. That said, he'll still need to beat out Frank Kaminsky and Jalen Smith for reserve center minutes.
The addition of Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard to the Lakers in 2019-20 meant that McGee was in for a reduced role. He still held some deep-league fantasy relevance, however, averaging 6.6 points on 63.7 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 16.6 minutes. The 32-year-old likely won't see his role boost much in 2020-21, as he'll be one of Andre Drummond's backups in Cleveland, also fighting with Larry Nance and Kevin Love for reserve center minutes. Given the lack of clarity about McGee's role, he can probably be avoided in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. The rebuilding Cavaliers will likely not prioritize McGee's minutes.
McGee re-upped with the Lakers on a two-year, $8.5 million deal after his first season with Los Angeles. He averaged a career-high 12.0 points per game in 2018-19 to go along with 7.5 rebounds. He also brought back the blocking prowess that he was known for early in his career, swatting 2.0 shots per game. McGee shot 62.4 percent from the floor in 2018, and he provides a high floor in field-goal percentage, thanks in large part to his athleticism and length leading to easy points around the rim. His three-point game is effectively non-existent, and he is not a reliable free-throw shooter (63.2 percent in 2018-19). The primary starter last season, McGee played 22.3 minutes per game -- a seven-year high. He has been a role player for most of his career, and his 62 starts last season were a career-high. While the additions of Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard might cut into McGee's role, if he can manage a 20-minute-per-night role, he should provide a steady source of rebounding and blocks while contributing to the Lakers' second unit.
Over the past two seasons with Golden State, McGee started 27 games, but averaged just 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds across 9.5 minutes. However, in joining the Lakers this year, he'll have the opportunity to be a full-time starter. The other competition for the position is Ivica Zubac, who played more G-League minutes than NBA minutes, and Moritz Wagner, the 25th pick in this year’s draft. That said, even if McGee earns the starting job, he may not see enough run to vault into Fantasy relevance. The last time the center garnered at least 15 minutes per game was in 2013-14 as a member of the Nuggets. During his 121 games with the team, he averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks across 17.5 minutes -- an indication of the type of production he could have in LA. All things considered, McGee could make for a late-round flyer in Fantasy, though recent history suggests his upside is relatively limited.
A significant leg injury and a penchant for racking up ugly turnovers rendered McGee a massive disappointment after he signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Nuggets in 2012, and it looked as though his time in the NBA could be running out as recently as last summer. Despite McGee’s flaws, the Warriors gambled that their winning culture would help the center get the most out of his considerable physical gifts, prompting them to sign the 29-year-old to a non-guaranteed deal. The decision proved to be a shrewd one, as McGee maintained health and was a seamless fit in the team’s up-tempo attack, playing in 77 games while averaging 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in just 9.6 minutes per game. McGee was at his best as a finisher at the rim, and the luxury of playing alongside a group of adept passers afforded him an array of quality looks that ultimately yielded a career-high 65.2 field-goal percentage. The stellar per-minute production suggests McGee could still be a high-end Fantasy asset at center if he were to see an uptick in playing time, but it doesn’t look like that will be in the cards in 2017-18 after he re-signed with Golden State on a one-year contract. The Warriors also re-signed incumbent starter Zaza Pachulia and regularly deploy Draymond Green as a small-ball option at center, and since both players bring unique and valuable skills to the position, McGee seems unlikely to see a substantial increase in minutes. That will likely conspire to keep McGee off the radar in most Fantasy formats when the Warriors frontcourt is at full strength, but he’ll make for an intriguing DFS option or short-term pickup in season-long formats if Pachulia or Green should miss time with an injury.
Once considered an up-and-comer in the league, the enigmatic McGee has seen his career path altered by erratic play and injury. McGee was hoping for a bounce back season last year after surgery to address a stress fracture in his tibia limited him to just five games the previous year. However, soreness in the area resurfaced, and he appeared in just 23 games with both the Nuggets and Sixers. Philadelphia waived the seven-year veteran in early March, and McGee opted not to sign with another team. He finished the season averaging 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 11 minutes per game. McGee shot an impressive 53 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free-throw line. Dallas signed the 7-0 center in the offseason with the hope that he can provide the athleticism and rim-protection the team lost after DeAndre Jordan returned to Los Angeles and Tyson Chandler left for Phoenix. Though the Mavericks medical staff is highly regarded, health remains the key factor in McGee's long-term value. If he can stay on the court, McGee's age and ability should allow him to be a regular member of the Dallas rotation and provide him an opportunity to restart a once promising career.
JaVale McGee missed the majority of the 2013-14 season after a stress fracture was discovered in his left tibia in November. He was the starter coming in to the 2013-14 season, but the injury forced the Nuggets to turn to J.J. Hickson and, eventually, Timofey Mozgov at center. McGee will have his eye on reclaiming the starting center role in 2014-15, but he'll have to prove his worth in training camp to guarantee himself minutes.
Pegged as a potential breakout candidate last year, McGee failed to live up to the billing, as he spent the entire season working as a reserve off of the Nuggets' bench. The 25-year-old seven-footer finished the 2012-13 season with averages of 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds, but he was still able to make a fantasy impact by swatting away two shots per game and sinking 57 percent of his field-goal attempts. While he has always been prone to bone-headed mistakes, there's no denying McGee's athletic ability. His career stats per 36 minutes played (15.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.3. blocks) hint at the potential McGee has yet to fully realize. Owners who take a chance on him during draft day may finally be able to reap the rewards of his potential, though, as the new blood in the Nuggets' front office have been backing the talented big man all offseason. There's some risk involved in reaching too far for McGee, but he could end up being a great piece to add to any fantasy frontcourt if his playing time increases as expected.
After breaking onto the fantasy scene in 2010-11, McGee solidified himself as a quality option at the pivot last season. He was once again one the league’s premier shot blockers, swatting away 2.2 attempts per game, which ranked second in the Association behind Serge Ibaka. His scoring average reached a new career-high of 11.3 points while his rebounding dropped slightly to 7.8 boards. Aside from the bone-headed plays McGee has been prone to committing the past couple seasons, the main mark against him has been an undeveloped offensive game. His athleticism is off the charts, but he struggles from the charity stripe (46.1) and doesn’t have much of a low-post game to speak of. The 24-year-old seven-footer worked to address his holes on the offensive end of the court this offseason, though, receiving tutelage from Hall-of-Fame big man Hakeem Olajuwon. The Nuggets committed over $40 million to McGee this offseason, so he should be a big part of the team going forward. Look for him to be the Nuggets’ primary option in the middle, which should lead to an increase in playing time, especially if he can display refined offensive skills from his time spent with Olajuwon this summer.
McGee garnered national attention after his electrifying performance at last year’s slam dunk contest, but the Wizards’ big man was already making a name for himself in fantasy circles prior to his high-flying act. After averaging 1.6 blocks in only 16 minutes per game as a sophomore, fantasy owners were foaming at the mouth with anticipation of McGee getting more playing time in 2010-11. He didn’t disappoint. Handed more than 27 mpg by Wizards coach Flip Saunders, McGee developed into one of the better shot-blockers in the Association, averaging 2.4 blocks per game while chipping in 8.0 rebounds. While great on defense, the 23-year-old center is still very raw on the offensive side of the ball. Without much of a low-post game, McGee relied on his athleticism to get easy baskets, on the way to a career-high 10.1 points per game. With most of his baskets being dunks or put-backs, McGee shot 55.0 percent from the floor, but he struggled from the line, hitting just 58.3 percent of his freebies. McGee will likely never develop into an offensive force, but he’s young enough that there’s still room for growth, and he’s already strong enough in blocks to carry that category for fantasy squads.
McGee's final numbers last season certainly don't jump out, but looking deeper, 1.7 bpg in just 16:06 mpg is pretty impressive. He really turned it on during the last month of the season, when he averaged 13.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.9 blocks over eight games. He's also coming off a highly encouraging offseason, as McGee averaged 19.5 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 69 percent from the field in four Las Vegas Summer League games and nearly played for Team USA during the world championships. McGee was also diagnosed with asthma – a serious condition that had previously been untreated – so his stamina has really improved. Washington is currently in a major youth movement, so he'll enter 2010-11 as the team's starting center. McGee is a true sleeper.
McGee was not projected to play much as a rookie, but injuries forced him into minutes last season. He actually showed a fair amount of promise and some flashes of brilliance, along with some usual rookie ups and downs. McGee will probably post similar numbers to last season's unless Saunders prefers to give more backup-center minutes to Blatche and the less talented but steady Oberto.
McGee was the Wizards' first round pick (18th overall) in the 2008 draft. An athletic seven-footer with the wingspan of a commercial airliner, he projects as a combo forward/center who can run the floor and provide good interior defense -- but he's pretty raw. He did lead the Vegas Summer League in minutes, which may be a positive sign.
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Available to play
CSacramento Kings
December 22, 2023
McGee (wrist) is available for Friday's game against the Suns.
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Questionable for Friday
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December 21, 2023
McGee is questionable for Friday's game against the Suns due to right wrist irritation.
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Decent output off bench in loss
CSacramento Kings
November 21, 2023
McGee finished with 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 13 minutes during Monday's 129-93 loss to the Pelicans.
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Scores four in win
CSacramento Kings
November 18, 2023
McGee provided four points (2-2 FG) and one assist across eight minutes during Friday's 129-120 win over San Antonio.
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Back to bench
CSacramento Kings
October 25, 2023
McGee won't start Wednesday's game against Utah, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reports.
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