Denver Nuggets: Why JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried Could Both Break out in 2013

October 12th, 2012 by Jamal Collier Leave a reply »
The Denver Nuggets have two young, energetic frontcourt players who should enter the national consciousness of NBA fans and observers in 2013. One of them may actually already be there, but not for reasons he would have imagined.

When you type JaVale McGee’s name into a Google search, one of the top autocomplete results is “JaVale McGee meme”.

With the Washington Wizards, McGee was a regular on the SportsCenter “Not Top 10” lists and was generally a punch line in NBA fan circles with regard to his on-court behavior.

And plays like the one below gave McGee early in his career his unfortunate reputation.

Hey, at least he was trying hard. Washington was winning that game handily at the time, too.

What Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri saw, however, was a tall, long, hyper-athletic, raw center who could be a real contributor to a playoff team.

Under George Karl, McGee did just that in 2012.

He averaged 10.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 20.6 minutes per game with the Nuggets (20 games) last season. Against the L.A. Lakers in a seven-game first-round series, McGee a ...

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