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JaVale McGee | Center

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 252
College: Nevada
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JaVale McGee (fractured leg) made his preseason debut on Tuesday, coming off the bench for one point, two rebounds and one block in 11 minutes.
McGee was playing on a 15-minute limit and it should take him a while to get up to speed, considering he missed all but five games last season. With Timofey Mozgov starting at center and improving every day, it's hard to be optimistic about McGee's season outlook. At best, he's a late-round flier for owners desperate for blocks. Oct 22 - 12:33 AM

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JaVale McGee looks good in warmups and is expected to make his preseason debut for the Nuggets on Tuesday.

If he can stay healthy and play effectively, he could actually hurt the progression of Timofey Mozgov. However, McGee is just trying to get back into game shape and get his shot going, so we're not too worried about a timeshare just yet. The return of McGee could also work to motivate Mozzy, which may not be a bad thing.
Oct 21 - 9:03 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) could make his preseason debut on Tuesday vs. Portland, or on Friday vs. Golden State.

McGee has been going through full practices, and the team wants him to get some action before the regular season begins. However, McGee appears to have lost his starting job to Timofey Mozgov, and although he has plenty of upside, his bonehead decision-making often leads to him spending extended minutes on the bench. The Nuggets signed McGee to a huge four-year deal worth $44 million back in 2012, which could pressure head coach Brian Shaw to give the big man minutes. However, due to McGee's tendency to find himself sitting on the bench, partnered with the fact he'll likely be entering the 2014-15 season in a reserve role, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 3:53 PM

Coach Brian Shaw said JaVale McGee (leg) is the furthest away from returning to the lineup.

He is probably not going to be able to start the season due to his fractured leg injury from last season. McGee is potentially one of the best shot blockers in the NBA, but he hasn't been able to stay on the court. Fantasy owners should just keep an eye on him for now.
Oct 8 - 6:49 PM

JaVale McGee and other injured Nuggets are unlikely to play in the team's preseason opener according to coach Brian Shaw.

When asked if McGee, Nate Robinson, Danilo Gallinari, or J.J. Hickson would play in the Nuggets preseason opener, coach Brian Shaw responded "I would probably say no, but we'll just have to wait and see." It makes sense to for the Nuggets not to rush four injured rotation players back on the court for a preseason game. Gallinari has the most intriguing fantasy upside among the injured Denver Nuggets.

JaVale McGee (leg) and J.J. Hickson (knee) are expected to participate in some of practice on Wednesday.

Coach Brian Shaw said his center spot is a competition with Timofey Mozgov. Shaw said Mozgov has the edge on offense and McGee has the edge on defense. McGee didn't get much run in his brief action in 2013-14, but his upside in blocks makes him someone to watch at camp.
Sep 30 - 8:49 PM

General manager Tim Connelly said JaVale McGee will be back on the court "any day" after missing most of last season with a fractured right fibula that required season-ending surgery.

"He's got to show us what he can do, and certainly he's a huge part of what we hope to be next year because he brings a defensive component that we struggled with at times last year," Connelly said. McGee said to Connelly that he felt like he let the team down after playing in just five games in 2013-14. He's disappointed a few times, so he's not going to be a hot property in drafts next year.
Source: Denver Post
May 27 - 7:44 PM

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw admitted on Saturday that JaVale McGee will have to battle Timofey Mozgov for the starting position next season.

"I told JaVale even before he had season-ending surgery, ‘Timo’s coming for you. It’s not a given that anything is going to be handed to you when you come back.’ " Shaw said. McGee was a wild disappointment this year, only making it through five games averaging 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks. However, Mozgov put together a very impressive run to end his 2013-14 campaign, as he's averaged 17.4 points and 9.6 rebounds over the last seven games. With how often McGee finds himself "Shaqtin' a fool," it would be far from surprising to see Mozgov overtake McGee for the starting gig. But for now, this is just something to file away for next year's draft.
Apr 13 - 1:32 PM

JaVale McGee had season-ending surgery Thursday to repair the stress fracture in his left tibia.

With George Karl out of the way, McGee was fully expected to finally break out this season. It didn't come close to happening. Clearly bothered by his injury early on, he averaged just 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks through the first five games. Then he shut it down in hopes his leg would heal and he could come back healthy, but it didn't work out. Now McGee goes under the knife in the hopes of being fully healthy for 2014-15 training camp. He's still just 26 years old, but is running out of time to realize his potential as an athletic rim protector.
Feb 20 - 2:55 PM

The Nuggets are expected to decide by March 1 whether JaVale McGee will require surgery to repair the stress fracture in his tibia.

McGee has made "little progress" by resting for months and the idea of season-ending surgery to get him ready for training camp has gained steam. Even if he avoids surgery there are no guarantees that JaVale will play this season, and this update solidifies the value of starting center J.J. Hickson and backup Timofey Mozgov.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 15 - 3:04 PM

JaVale McGee (stress fracture in tibia) could miss the rest of the season.

This doesn't come as a huge surprised since McGee had been without a return timetable for months, but this latest report could add some finality to McGee's 2013-14 situation. While a final decision won't be made for another few days, owners stashing McGee in hopes of a late-season return may have a free roster spot in the near future.
Feb 6 - 12:10 PM

JaVale McGee (stress fracture in tibia) has begun doing limited work on an elliptical machine.

McGee can't run on a treadmill or even ride a bike yet, and he emphasized that this is an "early step" in his rehab process, even though he's already been out since early November. "[The elliptical machine] doesn't put any pain on my shin because my foot is never leaving the platform," McGee said. "That’s the only thing I can do." This isn't a very encouraging update for his rest-of-season outlook, but it's nice to at least have some information about his rehab.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 6:27 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) remains sidelined.

There have been very few updates on the status of McGee since he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his tibia way back in early November. The team continues to simply list him as "out" on their injury reports. McGee is just waiting for his bone to heal and no one seems to know how long that will take. For now, all we know is that's he's not practicing, so a return is not near.
Jan 3 - 12:28 PM

JaVale McGee (fractured tibia) is scheduled for an X-ray in the next few weeks to determine how much his bone has healed.

McGee continues to rehab with bone stimulation and upper body workouts, but he has yet to test out his injured leg. "I’m just glad there was a reason why I was playing mediocre, I guess," he said. "So that's cool." J.J. Hickson is averaging 12.1 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Nuggets' starting center in McGee's absence, which will continue indefinitely.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 06:47:00 PM

JaVale McGee (fractured tibia) hasn't begun any lower body activity and is a ways off from returning to the court.

McGee can be a difference maker for his fantasy owners in the blocks category, but it's sounding like we won't be seeing any Dikembe Mutombo impersonations until at least early 2014. Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post spoke with McGee recently and added, "He's still on the bone stimulator machine, helping to heal a stress fracture. He's really not doing much of anything with his lower body right now. Just like with [Danilo Gallinari], he's not even begun running. Stress fractures can take weeks to heal; I probably wouldn't look for McGee until the end of the month or the New Year."
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 09:54:00 AM

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C1Timofey Mozgov
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