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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 made all six shots from the field for 14 points with eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 19 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.
He's usually on the highlight reel for air-balling a free throw, throwing a ball away to the other team, or running back on defense when his team is still on offense, but he had himself a nice game. Although, he did kiss a fan after diving into the stands, so he'll still be on Shaqtin' a Fool next Thursday. McGee still hasn't played more than 20 minutes in a game this year and is just at 11.5 per game, so the negatives currently outweigh the positives. Nov 22 - 1:46 AM

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Nuggets' head coach Brian Shaw wants JaVale McGee to go back to the basics.

"I think sometimes he wants to come in and show us and everybody else that he can post up and he can be an offensive force," Shaw said. "And I think that's where he gets himself in trouble from time to time. As he starts to do those things, he'll get to play more." McGee is still with a minutes restriction, and is averaging just 5.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks over 11.4 minutes of action this year. Once his minutes restriction is eventually lifted, he will still be locked into a timeshare with Timofey Mozgov and Jusuf Nurkic, and he just doesn't offer enough upside to be worth owning in most leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 21 - 9:53 AM

JaVale McGee played 5.8 minutes on Sunday, scoring two points on 2-of-4 shooting from the free throw line.

McGee is still on a minutes restriction, but even if he was healthy, he's going to be competing for playing time with Timofey Mozgov, and Jusuf Nurkic, severely limiting his upside. He hasn't blocked a shot in his last four contests (his only source of value) and he's just not worth owning in standard leagues. Deep league owners can probably move along as well.
Nov 16 - 5:16 PM

JaVale McGee still has a minutes restriction.

He hasn't topped 20 minutes in a game and is just at 13.5 per game on the season. McGee is still blocking 2.0 shots per game in that limited playing time, so he's a low-end specialist in deep leagues.
Nov 12 - 2:16 PM

JaVale McGee could have his minutes cap increased as soon as Wednesday against the Blazers.

The Nuggets are being exceedingly cautious after McGee's leg injury cost him most of last season and the beginning of this one, but JaVale could be ready for more soon and exceed his current cap of 20 minutes per game. He's been inconsistent since returning, and the Nuggets have the definition of a timeshare at center. Even if he does see more time, let someone else deal with this headache.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 10 - 9:21 AM

JaVale McGee played just 10 minutes on Friday, posting three rebounds and three blocks with zero points.

McGee missed his only two shot attempts and this just isn't getting it done. He played well on Monday but was terrible on Wednesday so maybe we jumped the gun on picking him up. Feel free to drop him unless you have space for a risky stash.
Nov 8 - 4:26 AM

JaVale McGee scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting with four rebounds, four blocks and a 4-of-4 mark from the foul line in just 14 minutes on Monday against the Kings.

This was a very sloppy game and the refs were all over the whistle, forcing Jusuf Nurkic into action at one point and putting both McGee (4 PFs) and Timofey Mozgov (5 PFs) onto the bench for long stretches. When McGee was in the game he was effective, though, and if he isn't owned he probably should be for his upside. That said, this has timeshare written all over it.
Nov 4 - 1:16 AM

JaVale McGee will remain on a minutes limit, but did log 20 minutes in Saturday's loss to OKC, in which he scored eight points, grabbed four boards, and had an impressive four blocks.

There is no word as to when the minutes limit will be lifted, but he is currently behind Timofey Mozgov in the rotation anyways. If you want to take a flier on JaVale after Saturday's game, just be ready for some inconsistency.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 2 - 11:01 AM

JaVale McGee played 20 minutes in Saturday's 102-91 loss to OKC, blocking four shots with eight points and four boards.

He doubled his minutes from the nine-minute outing in the opener. McGee won't be unleashed for minutes in the high 20s or anything, but obviously the four blocks tonight has our attention. If you need blocks and are OK with some extreme inconsistency, give him a look.
Nov 2 - 1:29 AM

JaVale McGee played just nine minutes against the Pistons with two points, two rebounds and one block.

We all knew his minutes were going to be down and it's going to be a while before he's near 20 minutes, which might not even happen. McGee was at just 16.0 minutes per game last season before his leg fracture, so his owners in deep leagues will have to be very patient.
Oct 30 - 2:03 AM

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

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.