The question with JaVale McGee has never been the physical skill — good luck finding an NBA 7-footer with his level of athleticism. There have only been a handful through the NBA’s history.
The mental aspects of the game, however… you’ve seen the videos.
McGee is in Warriors camp and is trying to earn the 15th and final spot on a contending roster (he has averaged 10 minutes a game through the preseason). If you ask Andre Iguodala he should get it, as reported by Ethan Sherwood Straus of ESPN:
Iguodala on JaVale’s value: “Talk to some different people, GMs, front office people. He’s so much better than a lot of these guys who got paid this past year. Like, so much better.
No doubt that’s true, but the reason McGee isn’t on a roster has less to do with physical skill and more to do with fit and injury potential. With a non-guaranteed contract, the Warriors could take a gamble .
Will it pay off? The Magic 8 Ball says to check back in a few weeks.