A significant leg injury and a penchant for racking up ugly turnovers rendered JaVale McGee a massive disappointment after he signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Nuggets in 2012, and it looked as though his time in the NBA could be running out as recently as last summer. Despite McGee's flaws, the Warriors gambled that their winning culture would help the center get the most out of his considerable physical gifts, prompting them to sign the 29-year-old to a non-guaranteed deal. The decision proved to be a shrewd one, as McGee maintained health and was a seamless fit in the team's up-tempo attack, playing in 77 games while averaging 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in just 9.6 minutes per game. McGee was at his best as a finisher at the rim, and the luxury of playing alongside a group of adept passers afforded him an array of quality looks that ultimately yielded a career-high 65.2 field-goal percentage. The stellar per-minute production suggests McGee could still be a high-end Fantasy asset at center if he were to see an uptick in playing time, but it doesn't look like that will be in the cards in 2017-18 after he re-signed with Golden State on a one-year contract. The Warriors also re-signed incumbent starter Zaza Pachulia and regularly deploy Draymond Green as a small-ball option at center, and since both players bring unique and valuable skills to the position, McGee seems unlikely to see a substantial increase in minutes. That will likely conspire to keep McGee off the radar in most Fantasy formats when the Warriors frontcourt is at full strength, but he'll make for an intriguing DFS option or short-term pickup in season-long formats if Pachulia or Green should miss time with an injury.
McGee has agreed to re-sign with the Warriors, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports. Though McGee saw just 9.6 minutes per game with the Warriors, he provided a spark off the bench for the team due to his elite length and athleticism. In those minutes, he posted 6.1 points, 3.2 boards and 0.9 blocks per game while shooting 65.2 percent from the field. While he can be avoided in most fantasy formats, there's certainly reason to consider McGee in DFS if starting center Zaza Pachulia happens to be sidelined.
McGee will return to the bench for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports. McGee was very effective in limited playing time during his Game 3 start, posting 16 points in just 13 minutes while filling in for Zaza Pachulia (heel). While Pachulia remains sidelined, the Warriors will go with a slightly smaller lineup featuring Draymond Green at center and Patrick McCaw at small forward. McGee shouldn't see a huge decrease in minutes despite the move to the bench.
McGee contributed 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-6 FT), one rebound and one block across 13 minutes during a 120-108 win over the Spurs on Saturday. McGee received the start with Zaza Pachulia (heel) sidelined and got hot for 16 points despite receiving limited playing time. He didn't contribute much of anything besides the points and nice field goal percentage. If Pachulia missed Game 4, McGee could be in line for a similar workload
McGee is expected to get the start at center for Saturday's Game 3 against the Spurs, Anthony Slater of the San Jose mercury News reports. Zaza Pachulia has been officially listed as out for the contest, so McGee figures to see a relatively healthy workload as a result. The veteran big man has averaged 9.8 points, 5.2 boards, and 0.9 blocks across 16.4 minutes in 10 starts this season. Expect him to see a similar workload Saturday.
McGee contributed 15 points (7-7 FG, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, four blocks and one steal across 13 minutes in Golden State's 110-81 win over the TrailBlazers. Although he only logged 13 minutes on the floor, McGee was extra special in a short time, highlighting his entry off the bench with an alley-oop and two dunks in the first quarter. Since the All-Star break, McGee has provided a great spark to the Warriors and has become a crowd favorite, as the crowd in Oakland roared when he entered the lineup. While Zaza Pachulia is usually the Warriors' starting center, McGee will get his share of minutes down the stretch and will be an intriguing DFS option when the Warriors are expected to run away with a game like they did on Wednesday. The Warriors will head to Portland on Saturday and attempt to stretch their series lead to 3-0.
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