The Golden State Warriors are in a tight spot with their front line. Zaza Pachulia has missed three straight games with a right wrist injury, and the Warriors have resorted to starting Anderson Varejao. So what’s a championship-contenting superteam to do?
Start JaVale McGee, of course!
Several writers on Twitter reported the news directly from Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who is likely grasping at ways to try to lengthen his frontcourt against New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis on Tuesday.
Davis is playing at a near-ridiculous 30.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, and 2.3 assists per-game.
McGee, 28, has had a wacky ride through the NBA. He appeared to be a burgeoning talent early in his career with the Washington Wizards, but after a trade to the Denver Nuggets missed significant time.
McGee has since bounced around the league, first with the Philadelphia 76ers and then the Dallas Mavericks. He signed an unguaranteed contract with the Warriors for $1.4 million in September of 2016.
Despite some time away from meaningful minutes, McGee has put up respectable per-100 possession statistics in 21 games with the Warriors this year. Save for some turnover issues, the hope for Kerr is that McGee will be able to plug up Davis enough with McGee, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant to push Golden State past the Pelicans.