Javale Mcgee is a 4th year player. Last year was the first year Javale got any significant minutes on the floor. He didnt get enough playing time his 2nd year to really get the experience needed to be a consistent performer. Last year he was learning on the fly how he can be most effective as a starting center in the NBA. Not to mention it wasnt until halfway into the season the terrible Wizards training staff figured out that he had asthma. Even under the circumstances he still averaged 10 points 8 boards and 2.4 blocks a game. Those are career numbers for many centers in the league, He didnt get a tryout with the USA Olympic team for no reason. Coach K knows what the big man can bring. Yes he had a lot of goaltends and left his feet to much but, those are things that can be learned. I will prove to you why that everyone should be on the Javale Mcgee bandwagon.
On the other hand Mcgee has greatly improved his defensive rebounding. Mostly because he is boxing out better and going up with two hands more instead of one. (He could still get better with the boxing out though) He hustles a lot more for loose balls and tips a lot of passes in the passing lanes. His goaltends are much less this year and arent usually of the stupid variety like last year when he would get them on a foul. Most of the ones I've seen have been pretty close to still on the way up and some just werent goaltends. He is staying home much more on has man instead of going for the block. He is learning quickly that altering a shot can be just as effective as a block.
People here still say that Mcgee is a me first player. Maybe in years past you could say that but, not anymore. He is getting really good at tapping the ball back out on the offensive rebounds. This a team play, A me first player would only grab the offensive rebound and try to score for himself. i like that he is working on his offensive post moves in the game. Lets face it are Andray Blatche and Kevin Seraphin good opponents to be working on your post game with in practice? The answer is NO! He showed against the Sixers that he is getting a lot better with his post moves. The most impressive one is he just turns of his man and goes up for a power dunk.
His numbers stack up with many of the top centers in the league. He gets ten less minutes a game than Dwight Howard easily the best center in the league. He still only averages 9 less points than he does and a little over 5 rebounds more. However his averaging almost a block more than Dwight Howard right now. As of right now Mcgee has better numbers than Tyson Chandler who is averaging 10,4 points 9.2 boards and 1.5 blocks a game. Mcgee is giving you 11.4 points a game 9,4 boards 3.0 blocks a game and getting 5 mins less a game than Tyson Chandler. Tyson Chandler just got 4 year 58 million contract with the Knicks.
Javale Mcgee right now is a top 10 center in the NBA according to Hollinger from ESPN. He has been the most consistent and impressive Wizard this year by far. A lot of times after the Wizards are down by +15 in the fourth quarter the only reason I still pay any attention is to watch Mcgee. I think many people on this site lump him in too much with Blatche and Young. Neither of these players hustle like Mcgee. Blatche is a reason why IMO Mcgee numbers arent better. When you have a jump shooting Power Forward that means a lot of long rebounds. If we had a power forward that went inside more Mcgee would probably average another 4-6 points a game just on putbacks.
By no means do I think Mcgee is perfect or doesn't still have flaws. He needs to still work on the pick n roll defense, boxing out, touch on his post shots and foul shooting. He is starting to put it all together this year. The Wizards would be stupid to let him go during the upcoming free agency. The last thing the Wizards need to do is create more holes on this team