Wizards player review: JaVale McGee

Wizards player review: JaVale McGee
May 23, 2012, 4:18 pm
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JaVale McGee is aphenomenalathlete, but the verdict is still out on whether he can become a solid NBA player.

Once deemed a bigpieceof the Wizards' rebuild, the 7-foot center will now try to hone his craft inDenver after hewore out his welcome in D.C.and was shipped to Denver at the trade deadline for veteran center Nene.

McGee averaged animpressive12points, 9 rebounds and two blocks in 41 games for the Wizards this past season, but his inconsistency and immaturity ultimately led to his departure.

McGee showed he was capable of producing big games. There was McGee's 23 point, 18 rebound and 5 block performancein a loss at Philadelphia in January. There wasthe 24-point, 13-rebound outburst in a loss at Miami in February, but that came after 5straightgameswhereMcGee didn't reach double figures in points or rebounds.

McGee's most consistent ball came in his final games as a Wizard when he scored in double figures in his last five games, including 21 points and 15 rebounds in a loss at San Antonio.

While there's no question that McGee has potential, his inconsistency was tirelessly frustrating. McGee would wow you one moment with a jaw dropping dunk or block and then you would shake your head the next as McGee would make an inexplicable play.

Who could forget his self alley-oop dunk on a breakaway with the Wizards down to Houston. Or the beeline run back on defense to mid court before realizing his team still had the ball on offense in a game against Toronto. Or how about the several blatantgoal tendsMcGee committed. There was a laundry list of head scratching McGee plays.

Simply, McGee would show flashes of brilliance and then frustrate his coaches with theinabilityto execute basic basketball plays.

McGee just started to show some post moves in his fourth year as a pro. That's why theWizardsgave up and dealt him. They had seen enough. He wasn'tdevelopingfast enough

McGee might be able to become an all-around player in Denver, but it was never going to happen here in Washington.