JaVale Lindy McGee is a professional basketball player from the United States who currently plays for Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. He has been allocated the position of Center. The 2008-09 Season is his first season in the NBA. During the 2008 NBA draft, he was chosen by Washington Wizards in the 1st round. He was the 18th pick and overall 18th pick. On 9th July 2008, he signed a 2.4 million USD deal for 2 years with Washington Wizards.
JaVale McGee is 7 feet tall and weighs 237 lbs. He was a student of Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, Illinois. After completing school education, he took admission in the University of Nevada, Reno. While in University, he played as a starting center. Gary London, the Hales Franciscan coach, is of the opinion that the natural position for McGee is small forward and he was capable of in both forward positions.
JaVale McGee has represented Washington Wizards in the 2008-09 Season. He appeared in 42 games in the NBA and in these played for 612 minutes. His field goal percentage was 0.481 and free throw percentage was 0.590, but 3-point field goal percentage was nil. He amassed 246 points, 164 rebounds, 80 personal fouls and 6 assists.
When he joined the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, he became the first player in the franchise to take part in the event and was named by the Guinness World Records as having the most balls dunked in a single jump. McGee also figured in several negative issues during the 2011 NBA lockout.
McGee was traded to the Denver Nuggets on March 15, 2012. His playing time was reduced during the regular season but he went on to appear in the first playoff of his career – the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The Nuggets re-signed McGee in the next season, but he was sidelined during most of the 2013 to 2014 Season due to surgery of the left tibia.
He was traded again to the Philadelphia 76ers on February 19, 2015. After six games, he was waived by the 76ers and McGee transferred to the Dallas Mavericks on August 13, 2015. During the 2015 to 2016 Season, he was unable to play for 13 games due a fractured left tibia.
McGee was waived by the Mavericks and was signed with the Golden State Warriors on September 16, 2016. He had a good run on-court upon his return, the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA Finals. In the final three games of the NBA championship series, he was a starting player and the Cavaliers won their second consecutive Finals. McGee transferred to the Los Angeles Lakers on July 10, 2018.