JaVale Mcgee is quietly having the best season in his 10-year-long career. The often ridiculed McGee is playing the best basketball in his life while at the same time being one of the best defensive players in the league.
McGee is averaging 15ppg, 7.7rpg, and an astonishing 3.6bpg in only 27 minutes. McGee’s defensive presence has been noted by the Lakers best player LeBron James who made a strong statement about his teammate.
“We have a Defensive Player of the Year candidate in JaVale.” — LeBron James
— E. García Gundersen (@Erik_Gundersen) November 3, 2018
After the Lakers win against Portland Trail Blazers LeBron James said McGee is an early Defensive Player of the Year candidate. It was the game in which McGee provided value on both ends of the floor. He scored 12 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and had 6 big blocks. Most of those were coming on Damian Lillard who was constantly attacking the basket.
The NBA’s blocks leader vs. the league’s 3rd-highest scorer.
JaVale McGee swatted Damian Lillard three times tonight, including a crucial stop in crunch time. pic.twitter.com/JEB5eaAAUm
When McGee is present on the court for the Lakers they only allow 101.2 points per 100 possessions. The Lakers are currently allowing 121.1 points per game which is very poor and only 2 more teams have worst defensive numbers in the NBA.
Don’t forget McGee is very long and quick on his feet which enables him to track guards and protect the rim deflecting shots. He is one of the best centers in the league in not allowing points which are 6 feet of the rim. He is allowing 53.1. percent shooting and is better in that regard than Steven Adams, Al Horford, and Rudy Gobert.
— Joey Ramirez (@JoeyARamirez) November 4, 2018
There is no doubt Javale is having a great season, and it seems he is fitting well in his role for the Lakers. The problem obviously lies in the entire team since the Lakers are not to a good start despite their last night’s win against the Trailblazers.
Other players will have to step up defensively in order for them to have more chances on the wild wild west.