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JaVale McGee | Center

Team: Denver Nuggets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 252
College: Nevada
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JaVale McGee (leg) is improving, but is still expected to miss a few more games.
He's not going to play against the Wizards on Sunday. McGee's leg fracture just has not fully recovered and the Nuggets won't be playing him big minutes even once he's healthy. Fantasy owners can ignore him in most cases. Meanwhile, Jusuf Nurkic has been a letdown, but is still worth owning. Jan 24 - 3:42 PM

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JaVale McGee (leg) will suit up on Friday, but he will not play vs. the Cetlics.

McGee has been a constant disappointment for the last couple of years, and there's not much reason to own him in most leagues due to his constant injury risk and limited upside.
Jan 23 - 7:52 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) will not play against the Celtics on Friday.

He was questionable and there is still no firm timetable for his return, but it should be soon. McGee is not worth stashing in most leagues because he won't play a lot anyway.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 23 - 7:30 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) practiced in full on Thursday, and is now considered questionable for Friday's game against Boston.

We still doubt that he ends up playing against the Celtics, but it is good to see him finally closing in on a return. McGee will likely be eased into action once he does suit up, so there is no need to take a flier on him outside of ridiculously deep leagues at the moment. We will pass along further updates as needed.
Jan 22 - 3:43 PM

General manager Tim Connelly said JaVale McGee (leg) is about a week away from a return.

The Nuggets will likely ease him back, so it's going to be a while before he's playing 20 minutes. That might not even happen at all this season. Jusuf Nurkic should be owned everywhere despite his sub-par Wednesday game. McGee can be left on the wire.
Jan 7 - 10:29 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) still has no timetable to return.

It's going to be J.J. Hickson backing up Jusuf Nurkic at center for the foreseeable future. Fantasy owners can leave McGee on the wire. As for Hickson, his minutes rarely translate to fantasy value because of poor foul shooting and lack of defense. After Nurkic goes, Darrell Arthur is probably the better pickup because of the open minutes at power forward with Hickson sliding to the center spot.
Jan 7 - 4:16 PM

JaVale McGee could miss significant time after he aggravated a muscle near his tibia, according to coach Brian Shaw.

This is a tough blow for McGee and it would not be surprising to see the Nuggets shut him down for a long time. McGee was playing through soreness all season and it was evident that it had an impact on his play. McGee should be cut across the board and should be considered out indefinitely. Timofey Mozgov was already a must-own player before this news while rookie Jusuf Nurkic could also see more minutes as the backup center.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:21:00 PM

JaVale McGee (tibia) is out again for Sunday's game vs. Houston.

He is still battling soreness in his leg and the Nuggets are going to be extremely cautious with him until he shows a lot of improvement. Timofey Mozgov has been playing really well and has become a must-start fantasy option. McGee should be cut across the board.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 12:22:00 PM

JaVale McGee (tibia) will not be available for Wednesday's game vs. the Heat.

The Nuggets have been cautious with him all season, and McGee had recently said that he was still not at 100 percent. That being said, McGee is not an option in almost any league. Timofey Mozgov will continue to hold down the fort at center, and is a must-own player for his consistent double-double threats.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 01:36:00 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) will not play against the Hawks on Sunday.

He is going to miss a lot of games with the Nuggets taking care of him. Expect to see a lot of Timofey Mozgov at center today, especially with the Nuggets needed J.J. Hickson to play some power forward. Plus, the Nuggets will play a lot of small ball.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 02:15:00 PM

JaVale McGee (tibia) is considered doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

After revealing that he was still dealing with soreness in his shin, the Nuggets will likely be cautious and rest him Sunday. With Jusuf Nurkic away from the team for personal reasons, Timofey Mozgov is in for a big night. J.J. Hickson will also see a bump in minutes with Kenneth Faried (back) suddenly questionable to play. Stay tuned.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 12:01:00 PM

JaVale McGee is still dealing with soreness in his left shin this season and said that he is playing below 100 percent.

"It's definitely frustrating," McGee said. "Because I know the player that I am. And especially in this system, I know what I can do off being 100 percent. So it's definitely frustrating playing at 85 or 90 percent, when I could be playing at 100." He did just have tibia surgery this year, so it is not like this is completely unexpected. However, this does not sound encouraging for his outlook over the rest of the season, because this would explain why his minutes have been so low. Until McGee makes some significant strides and earns a bigger role in Denver, owners should leave him on the waiver wire in all but the deepest leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 09:31:00 AM

JaVale McGee returned to the lineup on Friday against the Wizards with six points, three rebounds and two blocks in 12 minutes.

He came in the game with the Nuggets down 31 and played the whole fourth quarter, so that's kind of an emergency situation in some sense of the term. McGee is unlikely to get many more minutes and he's going to have a tough time accumulating fantasy value with such a small role.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 09:41:00 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) is available in case of an emergency.

The Nuggets are not going to be in a rush to bring him back and he could miss a couple more games. McGee fractured his tibia last season and there seems to be some concern that he could aggravate the injury. Expect Timofey Mozgov to get most of the minutes with J.J. Hickson helping out.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 05:52:00 PM

JaVale McGee is still dealing with soreness in his tibia, but he will be available to play Friday vs. Washington.

Just because he's available doesn't mean that he will play. McGee remains on a minutes restriction and is currently averaging just 5.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks over 11.5 minutes of action. Leave him on the wire.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 11:48:00 AM

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PG1Ty Lawson
2Jameer Nelson
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Randy Foye
3Gary Harris
SF1Wilson Chandler
2Danilo Gallinari
3Alonzo Gee
PF1Kenneth Faried
2Darrell Arthur
C1Jusuf Nurkic
2J.J. Hickson
3JaVale McGee