It’s no real surprise that McGee remains at the No. 5 spot in this year’s rankings. While his minutes and numbers saw a slight decline last season, JaVale’s production was very similar to what we saw in the 2011-12 season.
Whether McGee’s constant mishaps on the court or George Karl’s inclination to put his trust into his veteran players is to blame, JaVale never really had the confidence of his coach. He could awe the crowd with his incredible athleticism, only to take command of a fastbreak and throw the ball into the crowd the very next play.
Moving into the 2013-14 NBA season McGee remains somewhat of a mystery. After coming off the bench in all of his 79 regular season appearances last season, the 25-year-old will be put in a position to prove his worth this year. Kosta Koufos is gone and McGee will undoubtedly be the starting center.
In a lot of ways, this upcoming season could very well define what the rest of McGee’s career will look like. Will he remain a goofy big man or will he prosper into a Tyson Chandler-esque rim protector that can change the outcome of a game on the defensive end? He certainly has unique athleticism to his advantage and he is now presented with an exclusive opportunity to excel.
A defense-oriented coach such as Brian Shaw should be a positive influence on McGee, who can block shots but still needs to work on his timing and overall awareness on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, it’s hard to see JaVale developing a reliable post game and he will most likely remain limited to pick-and-roll offense.
15. Anthony Randolph
14. Quincy Miller
13. Timofey Mozgov
12. Jordan Hamilton
11. Randy Foye
10. Darrell Arthur
9. J.J. Hickson
8. Andre Miller
7. Evan Fournier
6. Nate Robinson
5. JaVale McGee
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