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JaVale McGee's Wild Ride
The story behind one of the strangest careers in the NBA
JaVale McGee: immature stat-hunter who never lived up to his freakish athletic potential.
JaVale McGee: dependable locker-room guy relied upon for his effort, steady defense, and vertical spacing ability.
JaVale McGee: beat producer for Justin Bieber and 2 Chainz.
JaVale McGee: space cadet who puts out a career’s worth of bloopers in one season.
JaVale McGee: NBA Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist.
JaVale McGee contains multitudes. He’s not a star, and he’s not a household name unless you vaguely remember him as that guy Shaq used to torment.
But McGee’s had one of the league’s most peculiar careers. He’s been directly or indirectly involved in many of the biggest NBA stories of the last decade. He’s plumbed the lowest lows and climbed the highest highs an NBA career can reach, and he’s still writing his narrative.
My last few articles had been pretty numbers-heavy, and I wanted to try a different kind of piece, so here is the link to my write-up on JaVale McGee’s fascinating career:
(Don’t worry, it’s not a slideshow). Please check it out, and if you don’t like it, no worries: next week I’ll be back to my usual analysis in this newsletter. I’d love constructive feedback on the JaVale article to see 1) if you all like this style, and 2) how I can improve. So please let me know your thoughts in the comments or otherwise.
Thanks, and until next time, enjoy basketball.
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