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Washington Wizards Midseason Player Evaluation: JaVale McGee

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We've reached the very midway point of the 2011-12 season, which is kind of refreshing given that the All-Star Break usually signifies the 60-percent mark of the year. As such, we'll be running midseason evaluation threads for each player on the team over the next several days. Next up: JaVale McGee.

TRADITIONAL STATISTICS:


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2011 - JaVale McGee 32 28.3 5.3 10.1 52.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4 2.9 48.4 3.1 5.7 8.8 0.5 1.7 0.7 2.7 3.0 12.0

ADVANCED STATS (via Basketball-Reference | EXPLANATIONS)

  • PER: 19.6
  • Usage rate: 20.1%
  • True Shooting Percentage: 53.4%
  • Rebound percentage: 17.3%
  • Assist percentage: 3.7%
  • Turnover percentage: 13.2%

SHOOTING STATS (via HoopData)

  • AT RIM: 69.8 percent on 179 attempts
  • 3-9 FEET: 39.1 percent on 87 attempts
  • 10-15 FEET: 21.4 percent on 28 attempts
  • 16-23 feet: 17 percent on 29 attempts
  • Threes: 0 percent on 0 attempts

PLUS/MINUS NUMBERS (via Basketball Value)

  • ON COURT TEAM OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY: 94.17 (915 minutes)
  • OFF COURT TEAM OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY: 101.94 (626 minutes minutes)
  • ON COURT TEAM DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY: 109.73 (915 minutes)
  • OFF COURT TEAM DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY: 103.59 (626 minutes)
  • ON-COURT PLUS/MINUS: -15.56 points/100 possessions
  • OFF-COURT PLUS/MINUS: -1.65 points/100 possessions
  • NET RATING: -13.91 points/100 possessions
SYNOPSIS: Some flashes of brilliance, some flashes of boneheadedness, mostly flashes of inconsistency? Yup, sounds familiar. The major disconnect between McGee's sterling advanced statistics and his horrendous on/off numbers provides a really good window into the difficulty of evaluating him as a player. The only reason the saga has taken on added urgency is that McGee's own future with the team must be decided this summer. Well, that and increased national media attention thanks to McGee's own silly plays.