Idiot's guide to JaVale McGee: Ten things you need to know about the most bizarre Nugget
Last night, your Denver Nuggets beat the Chicago Bulls for their twelfth straight win -- and the person who locked up the victory, by blocking an in-bounds pass with less than a second left, was none other than JaVale McGee, who is quickly becoming one of Denver's (and the NBA's) most popular players.
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In an attempt to shed light on the Nuggets' intriguing (and eccentric) rising star, we have compiled a top ten idiot's guide to understanding JaVale McGee. Begin the countdown below.
10. He makes a lot of silly plays
McGee's ball-handling skills are great -- for a center. But that doesn't mean he should try to run the break when he grabs a rebound. Shaq had this problem, too; it's the grass-is-greener syndrome. Small guys want to be taller. Big guys want to be more agile. McGee has made such a name for himself as a bonehead; he appears nearly every week on Shaq's feature, Shaqtin' a Fool (though, to be fair, just including him has become a joke in and of itself). McGee still has a tendency to goaltend, do too much on offense or too little on defense.
9. He's shooting 100 percent from three-point range this year
He's only shot one so far, but damned if he didn't sink it, and right at the buzzer in a big game against the Clippers. JaVale was actually a decent three-point shooter in college at the University of Nevada. His high school coach believed that JaVale was primed to be a (huge) small forward due to his coordination and shooting ability. He's a long way from being a serviceable NBA three-point shooter, but he should be able to develop a decent mid-range jumper that would enhance other aspects of his game tremendously.
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