JaVale McGee hasn’t played since the sixth game of the NBA season due to a stress fracture in his left leg and it has showed on the defensive end for Denver — opposing centers are shooting 50.6 percent against the Nuggets and teams are averaging 45.2 points a game in the paint against them, 26th in the NBA. J.J. Hickson plays big minutes but is undersized, and the combination of Timofey Mozgov and Kenneth Farried will only do so much.
Now the Nuggets are not going to have go without McGee the rest of the way. Denver formally announced Thursday that McGee would have surgery to repair the fracture that was not otherwise healed properly. He is out for the rest of the season.
“While it’s disappointing that we won’t have JaVale back on the court this season, we’re happy that he can move forward in his recovery,” Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said in a released statement.
While no timeline was given, he is expected to be back for the start of next season.
The basketball gods have plagued the Nuggets with injuries this season — Danilo Gallinari is out for the season after a second knee surgery, they lost Nate Robinson for the year and now they will not see McGee again.