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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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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. May 27 - 7:44 PM
Source: Denver Post

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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

JaVale McGee (fractured tibia) said that he's dealt with discomfort in his leg since the end of last season.

"It didn’t come as a surprise," McGee said of his fractured leg. "I’ve been in pain since the end of last year. But it was unbearable to the point that it was affecting my play, so I decided to get an X-ray." He added that the X-ray suggests that his fracture has grown since last year. McGee is going through bone stimulation therapy and is just going to rest until the bone heals. He is out indefinitely and could be sidelined for an extended period of time.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 03:19:00 PM

JaVale McGee was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left tibia on Sunday and is out indefinitely.

The fracture could keep him out for a while and he won't have a timetable to return. McGee was off to a slow start, playing in just 16.0 minutes per game for 7.0 points, 3.4 boards and 1.4 blocks. The Nuggets have been using guys like J.J. Hickson and Anthony Randolph at center with McGee not playing much, but Timofey Mozgov is the most likely to take over as the starting center. It's hard to get too attached to the idea of picking up Mozgov for his lack of talent, so Hickson and Randolph might be better pickups for now. It makes sense to cut McGee in most leagues.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 03:25:00 PM

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said he was disappointed with his team's "energy level" on Friday, and suggested that he'll bench players who don't play with maximum effort.

"We're deep enough at a few positions where if some of the those guys aren’t going to come with any energy then I'll just go down the bench, find the guys who want to play and their minutes and their opportunities will go down," Shaw said. Among the more conspicuous playing time allotments on Friday, JaVale McGee played only 12 minutes, Kenneth Faried played 20 minutes, Nate Robinson played seven minutes, and Anthony Randolph thrived in 32 minutes off the bench. With Wilson Chandler (hamstring) targeting a return on Monday and so many variables in play, fantasy owners should keep a close eye on Denver's roster.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 02:25:00 PM

JaVale McGee hit rock bottom in Friday's loss to the Suns, playing just 12 minutes on his way to two points, three rebounds and one assist.

McGee wasn't in any foul trouble and he didn't see the court after the nine-minute mark of the third quarter. It would be easier to rail on McGee about his disastrous start if the Nuggets didn't look so erratic as an organization right now. We can't see dropping McGee when he is supposed to be a part of the foundation in Denver, but his leash is going to get shorter by the day.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 07:34:00 AM

JaVale McGee played 24 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday, shooting 7-of-13 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

The minutes, field goal attempts and points were all season highs. McGee also didn't turn the ball over, which coach Brian Shaw likely appreciated after his five turnovers on Tuesday. He had his usual handful of bad shots tonight, but it's still an encouraging night. His patient owners shouldn't feel vindicated yet, but he's becoming a little less of a volatile asset in fantasy leagues.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 11:57:00 PM

JaVale McGee has yet to blow up this season and hit 4-of-11 shots for nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes on Tuesday.

He picked up five fouls, or he might have been much more productive tonight. The Nuggets have played just three games and McGee has five blocks, and has picked up at least four fouls in two of his three starts. He's off to a very slow start, but signs are there that he could be getting ready to pick it up, if he can stay out of foul trouble, as well as Brian Shaw's doghouse.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 01:29:00 AM

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All Positions
PG1Ty Lawson
2Randy Foye
3Nate Robinson
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Gary Harris
SF1Danilo Gallinari
2Wilson Chandler
3Quincy Miller
PF1Kenneth Faried
2J.J. Hickson
3Darrell Arthur
C1JaVale McGee
2Timofey Mozgov
3Jusuf Nurkic