The Denver Nuggets‘ 7-foot, 252-pound center JaVale McGee is what NBA fans and experts alike would call a freak athlete. I use the word freak in a good way in order to describe his baffling ability to run the floor at his height, dunk with ferocity and spike shots down on opposing players’ heads like the great American volleyball player, Karch Kiraly.
Even though McGee has all of these extraordinary attributes, there is no doubt he has many things to improve upon within his game. Last summer, he spent time with Hakeem Olajuwon working on low-post moves such as Hakeem’s patented turn-around baseline jumper. Today, Olajuwon is considered one of the greatest centers in the history of the game and he has two rings from the 90s when he and the Houston Rockets won back-to-back NBA Titles.
Last year, we didn’t get a chance to see any real significant improvement in McGee’s low-post game, nor did we see a marked improvement from him at the free-throw line. McGee has a good stroke from the line, so some better consistency with his release as well as repetition will see him greatly increase his free-throw percentage. Okay, enough talk about some of McGee’s flaws. Let’s focus on his freakish genetics, insane athleticism and motor that makes him a Denver fan favorite.
McGee is the only active player in the NBA who has had their mother play in the WNBA. Pam McGee was not only a great basketball player, her size and freakish athleticism made her a standout as well. She frequents Nuggets’ games at Pepsi Center in Denver, and you can always spot her a few rows up behind one of the baskets screaming and yelling at referees to please call a foul when her boy is getting hammered in the paint. So, genetically speaking, it is easy to see where McGee gets his ability from.
Another genetic gift that McGee inherited is his mind-boggling wingspan. His wingspan measures at an unearthly 7-foot-6.5 which is the largest wingspan recorded amongst all active players in the league today. So, if you flipped the incredible Yao Ming at 7-foot-6 horizontally, he would fit within McGee’s unconscionable reach.
Of course, the Nuggets could use the improvement of some of McGee’s flaws come the start of the upcoming 2013-14 NBA season. However, with a revamped roster in the Mile High City, it is likely possible they will only need JaVale’s rim rattlin’ block party to grace our presence yet again.
The motor within McGee as well as his freakish athleticism allowing him to rise above the rim and posterize opponents with sick dunks, and volleyball-like spikes on the defensive end of the floor, make the Nuggets big man an absolute joy to watch. Look out, the rim rattlin’ block party will be on display very soon.