News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee exploded for a huge 21-point, 11-rebound double-double five games ago, but has been silent since. McGee managed just six points on 3 of 4 shooting with three rebounds Saturday, playing nine minutes in a 132-114 win over the Rockets.
Analysis: McGee has scored just 20 points in four games since his big performance, and coach George Karl seems to be going away from him down the stretch. McGee is averaging just 7.3 points per game since March 1, lowering his scoring averaging for the season to 9.3. McGee is playing fewer than 20 minutes per game, and remains little more than a low-end Fantasy reserve heading into the offseason.
News: Nuggets forward JaVale McGee played just 16 minutes Tuesday against the Thunder, as he continues to play a limited role. McGee scored seven points on 3 of 6 shooting, with three rebounds, in a 114-104 win.
Analysis: McGee's role has shrunk as the season has gone on, and he is now averaging a season-low 16.0 minutes per game in the month of March. In 10 games, McGee is averaging just 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. McGee remains a tantalizing athlete, but his current level of production makes him little more than a low-end Fantasy option moving forward.
News: Denver center JaVale McGee scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds Monday night in a win over the Suns. He shot 4 of 9 from the field over 18 minutes.
Analysis: McGee is seeing under 20 minutes per game for the Nuggets and continues to underwhelm. Right now he's only worth starting in deeper leagues and only because center is a thin position.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee continued his on-going block party during Tuesday's contest against the Kings. McGee swatted four more shots in the 120-113 win, to go along with eight points and two rebounds. He went 4 of 7 from the field and is now shooting 69 percent from the field over his last six games.
Analysis: McGee has now blocked at least one shot in each of his last six games and has actually racked up 20 swats over that stretch. His 2.3 blocks per game on the year currently has him ranked eighth among the league leaders in that category, but he could move up if he keeps up his torrid pace. However, he continues to only see around 15-20 minutes most nights, which makes it hard for him to consistently get his scoring and rebounding numbers. Despite his recent surge in blocks, McGee is averaging just 8.8 points and 4.3 rebounds over that same stretch. Consider the 25-year-old more of a low-end option moving forward.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee was a one-trick pony Saturday against the Bobcats, but Charlottes porous interior defense made sure it was an awfully good trick. McGee scored 17 points on eight made field goals in the game, with seven coming by way of the slam dunk. He missed just two field goals in the game, and added six rebounds and three blocks, in just 17 minutes in a 113-99 win.
Analysis: McGee continues to play a limited role for the Nuggets, averaging just 19.0 minutes per game in he month of February, so his production has been inconsistent. McGee has reached double figures in scoring in just four of his last 10 games. He is currently the smaller half of the Nuggets center rotation, so Fantasy owners should continue to consider him just a low-end Fantasy option in most formats.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee was able to get right back on the court Wednesday night against the Nets despite aggravating a tibia injury during Denver's loss to the Raptors in his last contest. McGee finished with 14 points in the 119-108 defeat on 5 of 7 shooting from the field. He also added three rebounds to his stat line, while logging 27 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: McGee not only played Wednesday night, but he played big minutes in the loss. In fact, the 27 minutes he logged marked just the second time since Jan. 6 that he has seen more than 20 minutes of court time. Unfortunately for Fantasy owners, coach George Karl continues to limit the 7-footer to around 18-20 minutes most nights, which makes it hard for him to consistently put up numbers. With season averages of 10 points and 5.1 rebounds, McGee should be considered more of a low-end option moving forward.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee was back in uniform for Wednesdays game against the Nets, after missing the teams previous game due to a leg injury. McGee will come off the bench for the game.
Analysis: McGee was a game-time decision due to the injury, but was able to play through it. The Nuggets have been bitten by injury in the last few days, but have the long All-Star break to get healthy. McGee might be limited Wednesday, but there is no indication that this is expected to linger. He remains a low-end starting Fantasy option in most formats.
News: The Denver Post reports that Nuggets center JaVale McGee is a game-time decision for Wednesday's game at Brooklyn. McGee was forced to leave Tuesday's contest against the Raptors after aggravating his tibia injury. McGee sustained the injury in the first quarter of the 109-108 defeat and did not return to the contest. X-rays taken after the game were negative.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should use caution when setting your lineup since McGee was injured Tuesday, and the Nuggets could be safe and keep him out with the All-Star break upon us. When healthy and active, McGee is a low-end Fantasy option in all leagues.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee was forced to leave Tuesday's contest against the Raptors after aggravating his tibia injury. McGee sustained the injury in the first quarter of the 109-108 defeat and did not return to the contest. X-rays taken after the game were negative and he is being listed as day to day, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: McGee finished with just two points and one rebound in his limited minutes Tuesday, but it looks like his injury is not being considered serious at this point. However, with the Nuggets' game on Wednesday being their last prior to the All-Star break, the team may just him down until the start of Fantasy Week 17 (Feb. 18-24). Owners in daily formats should keep an eye on his status leading up to tipoff. McGee is averaging 10 points and 5.1 rebounds while seeing around 18 minutes per game, making him more of a low-end option when healthy.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee had a team-high 16 rebounds and five points during Denver's 118-114 triple-overtime loss at Boston on Sunday night. McGee, whose rebounding total represented his first in double-digits since Nov. 10 at Golden State (12), mustered a season-high 32 minutes. He hit on just 2 of 7 from the field (28.6 percent) as his modest stretch of outings with 10-plus points ended at two games.
Analysis: McGee outproduced starting center Kosta Koufos, who was held to just two rebounds and eight points during the marathon against the Celtics. But consistency has been a major issue for McGee, which has seemingly kept him out of the starting lineup and restricted his Fantasy value. He is now averaging 7.5 rebounds in four games since returning from a shin injury, but is a viable option only in deeper Fantasy formats for now.
News: After missing the previous three games due to a sore left tibia, Nuggets center JaVale McGee was back in action Tuesday night against the Bucks. He scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting in the 112-104 win. He also made both of his free throws while playing 18 minutes off the bench. McGee posted five rebounds and blocked four shots in the victory.
Analysis: Denver plans on easing McGee back into the lineup so owners will want to keep an eye on his progress in the coming days. Many thought that this would be the year that the 25-year-old finally pouts it all together but his inconsistencies continue to hinder his value in Fantasy. Still, since center is a thin position, McGee can be active in deeper formats and Rotisserie leagues at this point.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee is slated to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee after missing the past three games with a shin injury. McGee has not played since Jan. 26 due to a sore left tibia, but was able to practice Sunday without reporting any setbacks. "I'm still in shape. I was working on the treadmill, so I'm feeling pretty good," McGee told The Denver Post. Analysis: McGee will assume his spot as the backup center to Timofey Mozgov upon his return to the Nuggets and hopes to maintain his recent solid scoring. He netted double-digits in points during back-to-back games prior to the injury -- just the second time he has accomplished that feat since mid-December. Still, McGee is averaging just 18.7 minutes per game and is viewed as a low-end reserve option in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee was ruled out for Friday's game against New Orleans due to a lingering shin injury, the Denver Post reports. McGee has now missed three games because of a sore left tibia, and is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee.
Analysis: McGee has been pressed for playing time already this season (18.7 minutes per game), so the setback obviously won't help him add to that total. Prior to the injury, January was McGee's least-productive month as he averaged just 8.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He also surpassed 20 minutes of playing time only twice in 13 outings. Fantasy owners should keep him tied to the bench in deeper formats while he's hobbled.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee was held out of Wednesday's game vs. Houston as he continues to nurse a sore left shin. McGee, who has also held out of Monday's win over the Pacers with his injury, is being considered day to day.
Analysis: While McGee has to sit out, it's not all bad news. The MRI on his leg revealed no stress fracture, so he is day to day. McGee's numbers, particularly his rebounding, are down in 2012-13 as his minutes have been an issue in the Denver frontcourt. McGee is averaging 18.7 minutes per game while coach George Karl calls him a "25-minute per game player." He hasn't surpassed 20 minutes in any of his last four games. When McGee returns to the lineup, he will be just a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Houston after an MRI confirmed no stress fracture in his left tibia.
Analysis: McGee's numbers, particularly his rebounding, are down in 2012-13 as his minutes have been an issue in the Denver frontcourt. McGee is averaging 18.7 minutes per game while coach George Karl calls him a "25-minute per game player." He hasn't surpassed 20 minutes in any of his last four games and now he's dealing with a leg injury. It appears he is just day to day, but when McGee returns to the lineup, he will be just a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Denver center JaVale McGee, who missed Monday's game against Indiana due to an injury being described as "left tibia irritation," remains more upside than realized value at the moment, but the Nuggets definitely see more in his future, reports the Denver Post Monday. The 7-footer has ridiculous skills and athleticism, but he also makes plenty of mental mistakes and has lapses in his play from time to time. That is why he's limited in minutes for now. "He played about 20 minutes per game last year," head coach George Karl said. "I think right now we'd like to get him to be a 25-minute per game player. And I think that's feasible." McGee will undergo an MRI on Tuesday on his tibia issue and is day to day.
Analysis: McGee will undergo an MRI Tuesday and more will then be known about his injury. The center came over to the Nuggets from Washington and wowed Denver fans with two months of amazing play down the stretch. He was given a nice contract based off that play and still has a lot of growing up to do. "He's growing," said Nuggets assistant coach Melvin Hunt, who works with the team's big men. "Part of his growth is pruning." McGee scored 12 points with three rebounds his last game Saturday against the Kings and is averaging 10.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game on the year. He should start seeing a few more minutes, but he remains limited to usage in deeper Fantasy formats until he turns the corner, when healthy.
News: Nuggets head coach George Karl told the Washington Post that center JaVale McGee will continue to come off the bench until he proves he is worthy of more minutes. McGee is averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds while averaging 19 minutes per game. However, he is averaging just 7.2 points over his last five games and is shooting 38.5 percent from the field over that stretch. Hes playing about 20 minutes a game now, and Id like to get it up to 25. But hes got to earn that, Karl said. And hes got three guys in Kosta and Kenneth [Faried] and Timo [Mozgov], who I think are NBA players that deserve minutes, too. So I think its like a competition. Sometimes I think young players think its an entitlement to minutes. There is no entitlement on this team. I mean, Anthony Randolph can play basketball. You earn your minutes. You earn your opportunity and produce wins. As long as he keeps working, hell get more minutes..
Analysis: McGee has once again been a disappointing Fantasy option, despite most thinking -- including us -- that the Nuggets would be a perfect fit for the soon-to-be 25-year-old. However, McGee has struggled to find his footing in Denver and it sounds like even Karl may be getting a bit frustrated with him of late based on his latest remark. It is easy to see why as the fifth-year big man has scored in double figures in just two of his last eight games and has seen around 18.8 minutes over that stretch. McGee will have to show some big-time improvements in his game to earn more playing time moving forward otherwise he may end up as merely a reserve option who sees around 15-20 minutes most nights. Still, Karl remains very high on McGee's potential and will continue to give him opportunities to prove himself moving forward. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on how McGee responds to his latest challenge. Unless he starts to see a spike in minutes and production, McGee will remain more of a low-end option.
News: Nuggets center Javale McGee struggled to crash the boards and was held to single-digit scoring for the third consecutive game Sunday night against the Warriors. McGee scored just nine points and picked one rebound and a blocked shot in a 116-105 victory. He went 2 of 3 shooting from the field, and 5 of 8 from the charity stripe while logging 20 minutes of game action in the win.
Analysis: McGee is averaging 10.2 points this season, but has struggled to score in double figures as of late, averaging just 8.2 points while grabbing 4.4 rebounds over the last five. Fantasy owners should view him as merely a low-end option in most formats heading into Week 12 (Jan. 14-20).
News: Nuggets center Javale McGee struggled to make much of an impact Saturday against the Jazz, as he scored just seven points in 23 minutes. It was the second game in a row and third in the last five that McGee has been held under double-digits in scoring. He added five rebounds, one assist, one steal and a block, in a 110-91 win.
Analysis: McGee is averaging 10.5 points per game on the season, but just 7.6 over the last five. His performance remains completely erratic, and he is averaging just 18.9 minutes per game on the season. McGee is just a low-end Fantasy option at this point.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee recorded 12 points and nine rebounds during Denver's 81-72 loss to Memphis on Saturday night. McGee also established a season high with six blocks as he logged 22 minutes off the bench, just the second time over the past eight games he has topped 20 minutes of playing time. He finished 5 for 11 from the field and converted both of his free-throw attempts in the game.
Analysis: McGee continues to rotate with Kosta Koufos in the middle for the Nuggets, but outplayed the starter Saturday, especially on the defensive end. His six blocked shots represented a greater total than Koufos has produced over the past four games (four) as Koufos has been limited by foul trouble. But Denver is content with playing McGee off the bench, a role which keeps his Fantasy value restricted to deeper formats at this point.
News: After scoring a combined 29 points over his last two games, Nuggets center JaVale McGee failed to reach double figures scoring during Thursday's contest against the Trail Blazers. McGee scored just seven points and grabbed three rebounds in a 101-93 defeat. He went 3 of 8 shooting from the field and converted 1 of 2 free throw attempts on the night. He also added two blocks in 15 minutes of game action.
Analysis: McGee has picked up the slack as of late down low for the Nuggets. After averaging just 10.8 points in November, McGee has averaged 11.8 points through his first 10 games in December. That said, he has been held under 10 points in three of the last five games and should be considered as merely a low-end option in most formats for now.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee turned in his best offensive game of the season during Friday's contest against the Pacers. McGee finished with a season-high 20 points in the 92-89 win as he hit on all nine of his field-goal attempts. He went 2 of 4 from the free-throw line and also added eight rebounds and a block to his stat line, while logging 30 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: While McGee turned in his best scoring output of the season Friday night, this is exactly what frustrates most owners about the 24-year-old. Clearly he has the ability to average close to a double-double most nights, but for whatever reason he just can't seem to put it all together. Until McGee consistently starts to put up productive numbers, he should be considered merely a low-end option in most formats heading into Fantasy Week 7 (Dec. 10-16).
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee turned in another underwhelming performance during Denver's blowout loss to the Lakers Friday night. McGee finished with 10 points in the 122-103 defeat, on 4 of 6 shooting from the field. He made both of his free-throw attempts but added just five rebounds and one assist to his stat line, while logging 17 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: McGee continues to disappoint in Denver as he is averaging just 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five contests. However, he is only averaging 18 minutes per game over that stretch and 18.9 on the season, which is part of the reason his production isn't what most thought it would be at this point. While the 24-year-old has all the potential in the world, he should be considered merely a low-end option until he starts to pick things up a bit.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee scored in double figures for the seventh time in the last nine games Monday night against the Grizzlies. He finished with 15 points and hauled in eight rebounds -- including five on the offensive glass -- in the 97-92 win. He went 7 for 12 from the field and made 1 of 3 free throws while playing 18 minutes off the bench. McGee also chipped in with a blocked shot in the victory.
Analysis: McGee is averaging 14 points with 7.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in the previous five games and is starting to play better after some early struggles. The 24-year-old is seeing around 20 minutes per contest thus far so his numbers will likely not increase significantly in his current role. McGee has the potential to be a must-start option in Fantasy and should start seeing more looks going forward with his recent play.
News: One game after grabbing 12 rebounds at Golden State, Denver center Javale McGee was limited to three rebounds Monday in a loss at Phoenix. Of course, McGee scored just seven points against the Warriors but dropped 16 on the Suns. McGee shot 8 for 12 from the field Monday with two blocked shots over 24 minutes.
Analysis: McGee is averaging 11 points per game over his last five and just under 10 per game on the season. That said, he often struggles to hit his shots and his rebounding is sporadic for a big man. He's been a nice source of shot blocking, however, and can be used in deeper Fantasy formats thanks to his center eligibility.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee nearly registered his first double-double of the season against the Heat Saturday night. McGee turned in a solid performance as he contributed with 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench in a 119-116 defeat. He shot 6 of 9 from the floor and made 4 of his 5 free throw attempts while logging in 23 minutes of game action.
Analysis: After scoring just four points off the bench in his first two games, McGee bounced back with a solid game and outperformed Kosta Koufos, who has taken over as the starting center. If McGee continues to play like this, coach George Karl will have no choice but to make him the starter. Fantasy owners should view McGee as a fine option in the majority of formats, especially Rotisserie leagues, moving forward.
News: Despite investing in his potential with a lucrative four-year contract, the Nuggets are expected to use JaVale McGee off the bench while inserting Kosta Koufos into the starting lineup to begin the season, the Denver Post reports. The move comes after McGee's lukewarm preseason when he averaged 8.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in seven exhibition games. "I'm not happy, and I'm not disappointed," coach George Karl said. "With my big guys in training camp, I've been waiting for separation -- you know, who's going to take the responsibility. The guy, in my opinion, who has separated is Kosta. JaVale is our most talented big and Kosta is our most fundamental big."
Analysis: McGee appeared to be in prime position to open the season as the starter after the 24-year-old's stellar playoff performance last season. He is hailed as a solid defender in the post, but the Nuggets apparently were not impressed with his offensive strides in the preseason. "I wasn't the starter last year," McGee said. "I feel like my defensive awareness has improved and my offensive game has improved. I might not show it as much, but I definitely feel it. I'm just ready for the season to start." McGee still offers more scoring ability than Koufos so he could be launched into the starting five soon enough. Fantasy owners should consider McGee a fine option in most formats, especially Rotisserie leagues, to begin the season, though his playing time could be limited at first.
News: Denver center JaVale McGee is hoping to carry the lessons he accrued during the offseason into his first full year with the Nuggets as he competes with Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov for playing time in the middle of the paint. After all, McGee had one of the best mentors in NBA history in former star center Hakeem Olajuwon. "I don't think there's any question that JaVale and Kenneth (Faried) are on top of the list for summer improvement," coach George Karl told the Denver Post. "That camp was positive for them. My philosophy with big men is to run the court, rebound the ball. Then finish around the basket and get easy shots around the basket."
Analysis: After connecting on 53.5 percent of his attempts from the field in 41 games with the Wizards, McGee showed some improvement with his accuracy once he was dealt to the Nuggets. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 20.6 minutes per game in Denver (20 games) last season while also knocking down 61.2 percent of his attempts. It remains unclear whether he will start or come off the bench this season, but McGee is expected to an increase in the 20.6 minutes per game he averaged last season with Denver. Fantasy owners shouldn't forget about him toward the later rounds of most upcoming drafts as he could end up starting.
News: The Nuggets re-signed restricted free agent center JaVale McGee to a four-year, $44 million contract Thursday. The Nuggets reportedly made bringing McGee back a priority this offseason, and they did so without much drama, as the market seemed quiet for the 24-year-old.
Analysis: McGee has been something of an enigma as a professional, flashing undeniable talent and an impressive array of physical tools, while also seeming to make one bone-headed mistake per week. The Nuggets are banking on him putting his considerable abilities together moving forward, after he averaged 10.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 20 games after the team acquired him from Washington. His unique skillset makes him an obvious break-out candidate every season, however Fantasy owners should still consider him more of a high-end No. 2 Fantasy center, worthy of targeting in the middle rounds on Draft Day.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee is a restricted free agent this offseason, but the team does not plan to let him leave, according to general manager Masai Ujiri. McGee, who the Nuggets acquired for Nene at the trade deadline, averaged 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 20 games after the trade, in just 20.6 minutes per game. He came up big for them in the playoffs, averaging 8.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game in seven games against the Lakers, while effectively battling with the Lakers All-Star front court.
Analysis: At 24 years old, McGee is still more potential than production at this point in his career. He has averaged more than 10 points per game over each of the last two seasons, but his considerable athletic ability would suggest that he is capable of much more. If he is going to reach that potential, remaining in the fast-paced Nuggets offense would probably give him the best chance, so this is certainly good news for his Fantasy potential. He can be considered low-end No. 1 Fantasy center heading into Draft Day.
News: Nuggets center Javale McGee had been solid in his six games prior to Sundays game against the Magic, however he hit rock bottom in that one, as he was benched in favor of Kosta Koufos for most of the second half. McGee played just 11 minutes in the game, turning the ball over five times while scoring just two points. He did grab seven rebounds in his limited minutes, however he was a non-factor in the Nuggets 104-101 win.
Analysis: The Nuggets did not need a center for most of the game, which might explain why Mcgee and Koufos only played 33 minutes combined, but it is still a very bad sign for him that he was on the short end of that platoon. McGee has all of the talent in the world, however he continues to struggle putting it out on the floor. Well see if he can get back to starters minutes moving forward, however his lack of minutes makes him a risky start for Fantasy Week 15 (April 2-8.) Consider him just a low-end Fantasy option this week.
News: Denver center JaVale McGee rebounded a missed free throw following a basket with five seconds remaining in the game and dunked to give the Nuggets a 116-115 win over the Pistons on Wednesday. "I didn't think Arron was going to miss the free throw, but if he did, as long as I went hard, I figured I'd maybe get the tip-in or at least the tip out," McGee said. "I just went hard and pushed (Greg) Monroe under the rim and I was wide open. It bounced and bounced and I was trying not to goaltend it and I just dunked it. It was definitely exciting, my first game winner. I'm definitely excited to be in Denver, my new home." He made his debut with his new team and finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. He shot 7 for 11 from the floor and went 1 for 3 at the foul line. McGee added a steal and three blocks in his 24 minutes of action. Denver would hold on for the 116-115 victory.
Analysis: McGee, who was acquired from Washington for Nene at the trade deadline, gives the Nuggets some size off the bench. If he can keep up this type of production, Fantasy owners will be very pleased. Continue to monitor his minutes in Denver, but for now McGee is worth starting as a No. 2 center option.
News: The Denver Post reports that Nuggets center JaVale McGee could make his debut with his new team Wednesday night against Detroit. "I might just mess with the whole lineup. I might just mess around with JaVale," coach George Karl said.
Analysis: It would be nice to see McGee on the court since he has yet to play for the Nuggets since being acquired in a trade from Washington last week for Nene. McGee is a No. 2 Fantasy center when active, and he should continue to play well with the Nuggets as he should eventually take Nene's vacated spot as the starter.
News: Nuggets center JaVale McGee is expected to make his debut in Denver sometime during Fantasy Week 13 (March 19-25). McGee, who was acquired in a trade from the Wizards last Thursday, is waiting on all the players involved in the deal to pass physicals, reports the Denver Post. The report states the deal is expected to become official on Sunday or Monday.
Analysis: McGee will likely make his debut next week for the Nuggets, which is great news for Fantasy owners. Many feel the 24-year-old will become more polished under coach George Karl and lose some of the bad habits that plagued him in Washington. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on his status moving forward. McGee can be considered a No. 1 Fantasy center, when in the lineup.
News: The Denver Post reports that center JaVale McGee, who was traded from Washington to Denver on Thursday, is unclear if he will make his debut for the Nuggets on Saturday against Boston. He had his physical Friday, but he has to wait for all the physicals to be done with all the players in the trade.
Analysis: McGee will hopefully take the court for the Nuggets soon, and when he does he should remain active in all leagues. Owners in daily formats should use caution for Saturday in case McGee is still unavailable.
News: Yahoo! Sports reports that center Nene has been traded as part of a three-team deal. Nene goes to the Wizards, center JaVale McGee is headed to Denver and guard Nick Young is going to the Clippers. Brian Cook is also headed from the Clippers to Washington.
Analysis: The Nuggets have been searching for an upgrade in the middle on defense, and McGee will provide that while still being able to score. We expect McGee to remain a solid Fantasy option in all leagues even with the trade to Denver. He is a good source of points, rebounds and blocked shots, and the Nuggets should be able to maximize his ability while playing for a strong head coach in George Karl.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee had a decent game in a loss to Dallas on Tuesday night. McGee started and played 30 minutes as he went 4 for 9 from the field for 12 points. He grabbed five rebounds and added three blocks for the Wizards.
Analysis: McGee has three double-doubles in his last five games and is averaging 14.0 points and 9.2 rebounds over that span. He's also getting 1.4 blocks. He and Trevor Booker are holding down the fort down low for the Wizards. McGee can be active in most Fantasy formats.
News: The Washington Post reports that the Wizards might be willing to trade center JaVale McGee with the deadline approaching Thursday. According to multiple NBA front office executives, the Wizards are open to moving McGee, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. The report says the Wizards arent actively shopping McGee but they are willing to listen, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. McGee is one of just five players averaging at least 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and two blocked shots Josh Smith and all-stars Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol, Andrew Bynum are the others.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should continue to monitor what happens with McGee, but it's unlikely he will be traded prior to Thursday. He should be considered a solid Fantasy center in the majority of leagues, and we hope he continues to post quality stats for the rest of the season.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee was back in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Cavaliers. He was benched for the second half of Tuesday's game and did not start in Wednesday's game against the Magic.
Analysis: Even though he didn't start in his last game, McGee scored nine points and grabbed six boards in 16 minutes. There is no telling if he's truly out of the doghouse or if he grasped what coach Randy Wittman was trying to prove with the benching; the bottom line is McGee's starting, so we have to assume he'll get his normal minutes. Fantasy owners in daily leagues should have McGee active, just keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn't upset the coach again. When he's on the court, McGee is a viable center option in all Fantasy formats.
News: The Washington Post reported that center JaVale McGee and guard Nick Young were both benched on Wednesday night. Kevin Seraphin and Jordan Crawford started in their places. "If we go out and play that way, all were developing is bad habits and then somebody else will have to break them," coach Randy Wittman said. McGee was benched in Tuesday's outing as well after committing a hard foul on Drew Gooden of the Bucks. McGee did not play in the second half of the 119-118 loss.
Analysis: There is no telling how long McGee will be in Wittman's doghouse, which is bad news for Fantasy owners. Keep tabs on how much -- if at all -- McGee plays in the next few games. Even if he gets decent minutes off the bench, McGee could still produce good numbers. But for now all Fantasy owners can do is wait and see. McGee can be considered a more than viable Fantasy option, when in the lineup.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee was benched during Tuesday night's contest against the Bucks by coach Randy Wittman after committing a bad foul on a Drew Gooden desperation 3-point attempt. McGee did not play in the second half of the 119-118 defeat and finished with four points and six rebounds prior to being yanked.
Analysis: This is not the type of start Fantasy owners were hoping to see from the 24-year-old especially after the type of first half McGee put together. McGee's numbers have been up across the board, so hopefully he can find away to get out of coach Wittman's doghouse, sooner rather than later. Fantasy owners will now have to keep an eye on how things play out moving forward. McGee can be considered a more than viable Fantasy option, when healthy and in the lineup.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee has picked up his scoring recently and that trend continued on Friday night against the Jazz. He finished with 15 points and six rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, in the 114-100 loss. He went 7 for 14 from the field and made 1 of 2 free throws while playing 25 minutes. McGee also chipped in with three blocks and an assist in the defeat.
Analysis: McGee has been on a scoring binge of late and is starting to perform like a No. 1 Fantasy option. He is averaging 19.4 points with 9.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his last five contests, and is shooting 60 percent over that span. The 24-year-old has all of the tools to be considered as one of the better bigmen in the league, and he could finally be putting it all together. Keep an eye on his progress going forward but with the Suns and Kings on the schedule for Week 9 (Feb. 20-26), keep McGee active in the majority of Fantasy formats.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee has credited an unlikely source for his recent strong play: a new asthma medicine. McGee visited a doctor last week and has make a solid impact since, combining for 46 points and 24 rebounds in his past two games. "They said I was breathing at like 75 percent," McGee told the Washington Post. "I feel a lot better. I feel I can stay out there longer now. I got to just take my medicine."
Analysis: McGee has overcome a sluggish start to open February when he scored just 34 points combined in the first five games of the month. But he has now posted back-to-back double-doubles for just the second time this season and is also contributing on the defensive side for the Wizards (2.9 blocks per game). With Portland, Clippers and Utah on tap in Fantasy Week 8 (Feb. 13-19), consider utilizing McGee in most formats.
News: After posting his first double-double of February his last time out, Wizards C JaVale McGee had another solid night on Sunday against the Pistons. He scored 22 points and hauled in 11 rebounds in the 98-77 win. He was an efficient 10 for 13 from the field and made 2 of 3 free throws while playing 35 minutes. McGee also posted two blocks in the victory. "JaVale was the MVP of this game," Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said. "He had eight dunks, and he had a huge defensive impact on the game in the paint. He might have only gotten two, but he's the best shotblocker in the game, and you always know he's there. He changes a lot of shots."
Analysis: McGee has been able to show owners over the last two games what he is capable of when he is on his game. The athletic big man has the skills to average a double-double on a nightly basis and is one of the better shotblockers in the NBA. While his inconsistencies hurt his value, the upside of the 24-year-old is what makes him so attractive in Fantasy. With the Trail Blazers, Clippers and Jazz on the schedule for Week 8 (Feb. 13-19), consider getting McGee active in larger formats.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee was finally able to get his scoring back up during Friday night's contest against the Heat. McGee, who had failed to score in double figures in each of his last five contests, finished with a season-high 24 points in the 106-89 defeat, on 10 of 18 shooting from the field. He went 4 of 7 from the free-throw line and also chipped in with 13 rebounds, one block and an assist, while logging 35 minutes of game action.
Analysis: McGee has been one of the more frustrating options in Fantasy this season. His production has been extremely inconsistent thus far and he has had trouble staying on the court since Randy Wittman was named interim coach. While the 24-year-old looks to have all the tools to become a high-end Fantasy C, owners should view him more of a low-end No. 1 option at this point in the season.
News: Wizards C Javale McGee had a decent game on Wednesday against New York -- at least while he was on the floor. Unfortunately, McGee was able to play just 20 minutes, as he was in foul trouble through. Because of that, he was only able to score eight points on 4 of 6 shooting while grabbing nine rebounds and blocking three shots.
Analysis: McGee has seen his production go up slightly across the board this year, however he cant get his minutes up to where they need to be for him to emerge as an elite Fantasy option. He leads the league with 2.9 blocks per game while also grabbing 8.7 rebounds and scoring 10.8 points per game, however hes at just 28.3 minutes per game, partially because of foul problems. Still, he does enough in his time on the floor to make him a low-end No. 1 Fantasy center moving forward.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee got just 17 minutes of action on Friday night as Washington got blown out by Toronto. During his time on the court, McGee struggled to in a rhythm because of foul trouble. He shot 2 for 8 from the field and went 4 for 6 at the charity stripe, finishing with eight points. McGee grabbed six boards and blocked four shots in Washington's 106-89 loss.
Analysis: McGee has been getting into foul trouble recently, which is cutting into his time on the court. Over his last five games he's averaging 12.2 points, 8.4 boards and 3.2 blocks per outing. Three of those games (all three he was in foul trouble), McGee failed to score in double figures. But the big man continues to be one of the best in the business when it comes to blocking shots and is still grabbing rebounds. Despite his scoring woes, Fantasy owners should continue to view him as a high-end center option.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee was able to notch his seventh double-double of the season during Saturday night's contest against the Bobcats. McGee finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the 102-99 win, on 9 if 14 shooting from the field. He went just 4 for 8 at the free-throw line, but racked up five blocks to go along with two assists and a steal. McGee is averaging 3.1 blocks per game on the season.
Analysis: After not doing much over the past two weeks, McGee was finally able to deliver the type of performance most owners have been expecting from him. The 23-year-old looks to have all the talent in the world -- but has yet to bring it all together -- especially on the offensive end. Saturday marked just the second time all season that he has scored 20-plus points in a game and he has only reached double figures in scoring three times over his last eight contests. While McGee is an excellent source for blocks, field-goal percentage and rebounds, his value will continue to be a bit limited until he figures things out offensively. Owners should consider McGee a low-end No. 1 Fantasy C heading into Week 6 (Jan. 30-Feb. 5).
News: New Wizards coach Randy Wittman said on Wednesday that he is going to keep the same starting five that former coach Flip Saunders put together. The Washington Examiner reports Wittman also challenged C JaVale McGee to lead the NBA in blocks this season. McGee is averaging just 8.6 points with 6.6 rebounds in his last five games, but is also putting up 2.4 blocks over that span.
Analysis: McGee has been able to raise his scoring and rebounding so far this season and entered Wednesday averaging 2.9 blocks through 17 games. He currently leads the NBA with 50 blocks on the year. While his defensive stats have always been solid, his scoring and rebounding have been a tad bit inconsistent, so hopefully the new coach can breathe some life into his offensive game. Keep an eye on his progress going forward but with his production at a thin position in Fantasy, continue to roll with McGee in the majority of formats.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee couldn't get a double-double on Wednesday with seven points scored against the Thunder. Still, he played a big role in the Washington victory at home. McGee ripped 11 rebounds and added two steals and a block in the game over 26 minutes on the court. He went 3 for 7 from the field overall. McGee went just 1 of 6 from the free throw line.
Analysis: McGee has scored in single digits in three of his last five games. Still, he had one 23-point, 18-board effort over that span on Saturday against Philadelphia. McGee has that kind of ability, so Fantasy owners should keep him active in most formats through his inconsistency. He's still averaging over 10 boards and three blocks per night.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee dominated the paint on Saturday against Philadelphia as he grabbed a season-high 18 boards. He also scored a season-high 23 points and blocked five shots in 43 minutes of work. He started the game knocking down his first eight shots and finished the day going 11 for 13 from the field. The Wizards would end up losing to the 76ers, 103-90, despite McGee's big night. The big man also tallied a steal and two assists.
Analysis: McGee has shown a lot of heart this season despite his team's struggles. With Andray Blatche sidelined, McGee has stepped up his game. He's averaging 12.0 points and 10.4 boards over his lst five outings, while shooting 50 percent from the field. Fantasy owners should keep McGee active heading into Week 4 (Jan. 16-22) as he's proving he deserves to be included in the discussion of the top centers in the NBA.
News: For a third time this season Washington center JaVale McGee grabbed 14 rebounds, which is his most so far this year. He made 5 of his 13 shots from the field and finished with 10 points, giving him his fifth double-double of the season. McGee also blocked five shots in his 39 minutes of action, but he didn't get much help as the Bulls beat the Wizards, 78-64.
Analysis: McGee has been playing well this year, despite his team's struggles. He's averaging just under a double-double per contest which is what Fantasy owners like to see. McGee is currently ranked in the top-20 centers in terms of total points. Keep him active as McGee he's a viable center option.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee wasn't that active during Sunday's blowout loss at home to the Wolves. McGee shot just 3 of 9 from the field over 23 minutes and scored eight points. He grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots in the defeat.
Analysis: McGee is not shooting nearly well enough for a player who plays so close to the basket. Too often he misses too much. McGee gives Fantasy owners right around 10 rebounds per game to go with inconsistent scoring. His best attribute is his blocked shot ability and that keeps him a viable Fantasy C in most formats.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee posted his third double-double of the young season on Monday night against the Celtics. He scored 17 points and hauled in 14 rebounds in the 100-92 loss. He was an efficient 8 of 9 from the floor and made 1 of 2 free throws while playing 31 minutes. McGee also chipped in with three blocks and a steal.
Analysis: McGee enjoyed the finest campaign of his career a year ago and has gotten off to a nice start this season. He is averaging a double-double through five games and is scoring nearly 14 points per contest. Add in his defensive stats and he is shaping up to be a viable breakout candidate in 2011-12. Continue to monitor his progress and keep McGee active in the majority of Fantasy formats, especially at a thin position.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee played well on Wednesday during a blowout loss at Atlanta. McGee saw 28 minutes in the game and played big inside with 15 points and 12 rebounds. The center shot 7 of 11 from the field and added two steals and a blocked shot in the loss for the Wizards. McGee scored 11 points in the season opener against New Jersey.
Analysis: McGee struggled over 26 minutes in the opener against the Nets. He played much more as expected he would this season in the second game and that is great news for Fantasy owners. While he is still a bit immature, at age 24, McGee still has plenty of upside. Consider him a No. 2 Fantasy C at this early juncture of the season.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee finished out the preseason on a strong note in Tuesday's contest against the Sixers. McGee finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, while logging 28 minutes. He shot 8 of 15 from the field and also added a pair of steals and blocks to his statline. McGee averaged 14.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in two preseason games for Washington.
Analysis: McGee turned a few heads last season with his highlight dunks and ridiculous blocks, but now many are wondering if he is finally ready to bring his game to another level. The Wizards certainly think he can and his strong showing in the preseason seems to backup that theory. We really like McGee as possible breakout option heading into the season and think he should have no problems averaging close to a double-double most games. While he is still a bit immature, at age 24, McGee still has plenty of upside. Consider him a No. 2 Fantasy C to start the season.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee has seen his scoring increase quite significantly over the final two months of the season. McGee increased his scoring average to 13.2 ppg in March and 12.8 ppg in April after threes straight months of averaging single-digit scoring totals. He credits his recent success his much improved post game. "The more touches you get, the more you get to show your skills. You get two touches, and you make two bad plays, everyone's like 'Oh, you have no post game.' You get 10, and you're 8 for 10, it's totally different." he told the team's official website.
Analysis: Everyone has seen McGee make the highlight dunks and ridiculous blocks, but many wondered if he had the skill set and discipline to actually establish himself as a quality big man in this league. Although, after putting up career highs in starts (74), points (10.1) and rebounds (8.1) some of those doubts may have been put to rest. McGee had his most productive season as a pro during the 2010-11 campaign and really polished some aspects of his game. However, it wasn't all smooth sailing for the 7-footer, who still has maturity issues. He was suspended for getting into a fight with teammate Andray Blatche at a nightclub and had his fair share of run ins with coach Flip Saunders. McGee also needs to work on his consistency as he still turns in way too many clunkers. However, at age 23-year-old there is still time for him to develop. Consider McGee as more of a low-end No. 2 Fantasy center heading into 2011 with a ton of upside, if he can ever put all together. Still, he is probable best left for the later rounds in most standard formats on Draft Day.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee tallied 28 points and 18 rebounds -- both season highs -- in the Wizards' 114-104 loss to Golden State on Sunday night. McGee sank an efficient 9 of 12 from the field and knocked down 10 of 11 attempts from the free-throw line to complete only his fourth 20-point game of the season. McGee's free-throw totals marked season highs in both makes and attempts as he posted double figures in scoring for the third game in a row. He added five blocks while logging 40 minutes of playing time.
Analysis: McGee had one of his finest games of the season at an opportune time for the Wizards, who were already playing with an undersized roster because of injuries. McGee was one of only two Washington players taller than 6-foot-9 to play in the game after injuries sidelined big men Trevor Booker and Andray Blatche. McGee has been dominant on the boards recently and 14.6 rebounds in his last three games. Fantasy owners should keep him active in all formats, especially during the current Fantasy playoffs.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee enjoyed another strong performance on Sunday against the Nets. He scored 16 points with seven rebounds and also blocked two shots while chipping in three assists. McGee is averaging 4.8 blocks over his last five games, including his amazing 12-block effort on March 15 at Chicago.
Analysis: McGee shot 8 of 9 from the field on Sunday, taking mostly high-percentage shots as usual. He is averaging 12.8 points and 9.6 rebounds over his last five games and has taken advantage of some favorable matchups as well as the absence of Andray Blatche. There are more favorable matchups ahead for McGee and the Wizards, though Blatche's potential return remains up in the air. Consider McGee a viable No. 2 center in any format. in the short term
News: Washington center JaVale McGee recorded his first triple-double in Tuesday's 98-79 loss to the Bulls. McGee finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks in the contest, he most by an NBA player since Toronto's Keon Clark had 12 on March 23, 2001. McGee achieved his triple-double with a dunk 18 seconds to play, after which he received a technical foul for hanging on the rim. "That was the hardest one point I ever tried to make in my life," McGee said. "It was crazy, but I got it. It was a dunk of relief." He fell just shy f the franchise record for blocks in a game. Manute Bol swatted 15 shots for the then-Bullets on Feb. 26, 1987. It was the most blocks a player has had against Chicago in a regulation game.
Analysis: McGee has actually turned in two fairly decent stat lines during his previous two games, but Tuesday's definitely takes the cake. The 23-year-old was one of the few bright spots for the Wizards during their 20-point loss and certainly made his presence felt in the paint. The problem for McGee has been delivering these types of performances on a nightly basis. His production has been extremely inconsistent this season, which has made it tough to leave him active for long periods of time. Still, his shot-blocking ability and rebounding numbers have remained solid and he continues to see just over 30 minutes a game. Consider McGee a No. 2 Fantasy center in all formats moving forward.
News: After three straight sub-par efforts overall, Wizards center JaVale McGee had a balanced night in Saturday's win over the Timberwolves. He shot an efficient 5 of 9 from the floor, even connecting on 4 of 6 free-throw attempts. McGee was solid in the paint all night, pulling down seven rebounds and blocking a pair of shots while trying to help contain the seemingly unstoppable Kevin Love. McGee even got his hands on his first steal in three games while logging 29 minutes of action.
Analysis: McGee had scored a combined 16 points over his three games before Saturday, so his 14 on the night nearly matched it. His rebounding has been much better, and he continued that trend even against the NBA's leader in the category (Love). The 23-year-old big man continues to develop his offensive game to try and expand it beyond his always-thunderous dunks -- he had another gorgeous jam after a solid feed from John Wall. McGee remains a solid Fantasy option in most formats because of his consistent rebounding and shot-blocking. The points can come and go, but it's something that will only get better for the 7-footer.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee had one of his better games of the season in Friday's close loss to the Heat. He scored 18 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the floor, including several dunks and lay-ins. McGee added 17 rebounds on the night, six on the offensive end. It was one of his more impressive double-doubles this season, and the first in six games. The 7-footer added a steal for the third straight game while seeing 36 minutes of playing time.
Analysis: McGee was rather impressive on the inside against a host of big-men sporting Miami jerseys. He was once again a highlight-reel waiting to happen, as he was on the receiving end of several pretty feeds from rookie John Wall, including a set play coming out of a timeout that finished with an alley-oop. The second-year man has been a bit inconsistent lately, but when he is on his game, a double-double is no big deal. Still, the five games in between the solid efforts are filled with foul trouble and sub-par rebounding. The Wizards play four games in Fantasy Week 19 (Feb. 28-March 6) against weak opponents in three of them. McGee should be considered a No. 2 option at center in most formats.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee has been fairly productive through the unofficial first half of the season. McGee has started in 47 of the 51 games he has appeared in thus far and is averaging a career-high 26.7 minutes per game in those contests. He is shooting a whopping 55 percent from the field, but has not been rebounding the ball as well entering the All-Star break. McGee is averaging just 5.6 rebounds through the first seven games in February and has only posted one double-digit rebounding total in his last eight games. McGee, who finished second during Saturday's All-Star Slam Dunk contest, currently ranks 21st among all centers, in terms of Fantasy points, in all CBSSports.com standard Fantasy leagues.
Analysis: McGee is averaging 9.1 points and 7.5 rebounds during his first full season as a starter. He is shooting a a very high percentage from the field, but perhaps his most impressive statistic has been the 2.4 blocks per game he has been averaging. While his production has been very inconsistent at times during the year, the 23-year-old had some monster performances, including the 24 points and 18 rebounds he turned in against Philadelphia. McGee has been dealing with a back injury of late, but looked pretty healthy during the dunk contest. Fantasy owners should continue to view him as a No. 2 Fantasy center heading into the second half of the season. The Wizards play the Pacers, Sixers, Heat and Mavericks during Fantasy Week 18 (Feb. 21-27).
News: Washington C JaVale McGee played through a sore back on Wednesday in a blowout loss to the Orlando Magic. With Wednesday's game being the last before the All-Star break, the Wizards gave McGee just 13 minutes in the game. He went 1 for 6 from the field and scored just four points. McGee grabbed five rebounds before his night was done.
Analysis: McGee has shown so much promise this season as a player who could end up averaging a double-double per game. That said, he's also been injury prone and inconsistent at times, as have all the Wizards just about. McGee should be healthy to start the second half of the season. Fantasy owners will want to monitor that, however.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee was dominant on Wednesday as the Wizards beat the Bucks, 100-85. McGee scored 16 points -- on a 6-for-11 shooting display -- and grabbed 17 rebounds. McGee went 4 for 4 from the charity stripe as well. He added an assist and three blocks in his 37 minutes of court time.
Analysis: McGee was dealing with a toe injury at the beginning of the month, but seems to be fine now. After a few poor outings with that injury, McGee has put two solid outings together in a row. He's scored 12 and 16 points in back-to-back games for Washington. But over his last five contests McGee is averaging 8.2 points, 1.6 blocks and 5.8 boards per contest. McGee is a solid center option in the majority of Fantasy leagues, but owners may want to give him another game or two before tossing him back into lineups to make sure he's 100 percent.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee was not much of a factor in Friday night's contest against the Magic. McGee, who was playing through a toe injury, scored just two points in the contest, on 1 of 5 shooting from the field. He only played 17 minutes in the defeat and finished with one rebound and a block.
Analysis: McGee has been a bit bit up of late and his numbers over his last few games have reflected that. The the third-year center first had to deal with the flu and now a toe injury, He is averaging just 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds over his last three games while seeing around 15 minutes a game over that stretch. McGee is also being pushed by rookie Trevor Booker's strong play, which could continue to limit his minutes in the long run. While McGee does have a ton of talent, Fantasy owners may want to think about keeping him on the shelf until he gets back on track.
News: The Washington Post reports that Wizards C JaVale McGee will play Friday night against the Magic, despite injuring his toe in practice Thursday.
Analysis: McGee was a little under the weather last week and now has this toe injury to deal with, so he's not having the best of luck lately. When he's healthy and playing up to the level he's capable of, McGee is a viable No. 2 Fantasy center, so follow his progress over the weekend.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee still saw limited minutes on Tuesday in a loss to the New Orleans Hornets. With Trevor Booker still starting, McGee played just 18 minutes in his second game back from the flu. Coach Flip Saunders has said that Booker will continue to start with McGee working his way back into rhythm. While Booker played just 14 minutes and scored four points with four rebounds, McGee shot 4 for 5 from the field and scored nine points with three boards. He added a block.
Analysis: McGee is an exciting young player with a lot of upside and his raw talent stands out at times for the Wizards. He's working his way back into shape and his minutes should continue to go up with each passing game. McGee averages 9.1 points, 7.8 boards and 2.6 blocks per game on the year and those numbers make him worth having on most Fantasy rosters. Just keep him reserved until he's back at full strength.
News: Washington got back the services of center JaVale McGee (flu) for Monday's game in Dallas. McGee missed losses to Oklahoma City and Memphis due to the flu but rejoined the team in Dallas on Sunday. "I feel a lot better than I was," McGee said, explaining that he was "just tired. Light-headed, dizzy, sore throat. Real sick. Real bad." The Wizards kept Trevor Booker in the starting lineup with McGee coming off the bench in order to get his energy level back to where it should be after missing time. McGee only played 13 minutes and went 1 for 4 from the field for two points, three rebounds and two blocks.
Analysis: McGee had been replaced by Booker with minimal results before returning for Monday's game. The center is going to need some time to get back into rhythm if Monday's game was any indication. He'll have to fight his way back into the starting lineup, especially with Yi Jianlian playing well all of a sudden. McGee should be monitored and can be used in most Fantasy leagues, when healthy and playing well.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee (flu) will miss the Wizards' game against Memphis on Saturday night, according to the team's website. McGee did not play in Friday's game at Oklahoma City as he continues to battle a prolonged case of the flu. He is considered day-to-day.
Analysis: McGee has emerged as a solid Fantasy producer this season and is posting career highs in points (9.3), rebounds (8.0) and blocks (2.6) during his third year in the league. Fantasy owners should continue to monitor his health status for Washington's next game on Monday and view McGee a No. 2 Fantasy center when healthy.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee did not play in Friday's contest at Oklahoma City as he continues to battle a case of the flu. McGee missed practice Thursday with the illness and and attempted to make the flight but got sick on the team plane and was sent back home. Coach Flip Saunders said the Wizards hope that McGee is able to join the team in Memphis on Saturday.
Analysis: McGee has been a great value pick for Fantasy owners this season, putting up career numbers across the board. He ranks as a solid No. 2 Fantasy center and should continue to put up close to nine points and eight rebounds with the potential for more. Continue to monitor his status moving forward to see when he will be able to get back on the court.
News: The Washington Post reports that Wizards C JaVale McGee sat out practice Thursday with the flu. Washington visits Oklahoma City on Friday night.
Analysis: McGee has been a great value pick for Fantasy owners this season, putting up career numbers across the board. He ranks as a solid No. 2 Fantasy center and should continue to put up close to nine points and eight rebounds with the potential for more. Hopefully he shakes off this bug soon.
News: After going three straight games without recording a double-double, Wizards C JaVale McGee got back on track on Monday night against the Knicks. He scored 15 points and hauled in 10 rebounds in the 115-106 loss. He was an efficient 7 of 9 from the field and made 1 of 2 free throws while playing 30 minutes. McGee also had a blocked shot in the defeat.
Analysis: McGee continues to have a career year for Washington and is averaging 9.8 points with seven rebounds and two blocks over his last five contests. Those numbers are more or less what he is putting up for the season and the 22-year-old continues to see solid minutes. His blocks and rebounds make him a solid source in category-based formats but he has also been able to score, which makes him viable in all leagues, especially at a thin position. With Denver, Oklahoma City and Memphis left on the schedule for Week 14 (Jan. 24-30), continue to view McGee as a No. 2 Fantasy C.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee recorded his 11th double-double of the season on Saturday night against the Raptors. He scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his team's 98-95 win. McGee added six blocks, as he fell just shy of a triple-double. McGee shot 5 for 7 from the field and added one assist in his 25 minutes of action.
Analysis: McGee has been a dominating presence in the paint for the Wizards this year. Over his last five games, McGee is averaging 9.6 points, 7.4 boards and 3.6 blocks per contest. He's been playing well this year and is a great source of rebounds and blocks. Fantasy owners should keep viewing him as a viable center option in all category-based leagues.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee notched his 10th double-double of the season to help lead Washington to a 136-133 overtime victory over the Kings on Tuesday night. McGee scored 10 points in the win to go along with 11 rebounds, seven defensive. He only shot 3 of 10 from the field and added a block while logging 41 minutes.
Analysis: McGee played well on Tuesday night, but has struggled with consistency this season While he has delivered some monster performances this season, McGee still throws up a few too many clunkers for most owner's liking. He is an excellent source for blocks and rebounds, however, is still a bit limited on the offensive side of the ball. Continue to view him as a No. 2 Fantasy center.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee blocked six shots for a second time in three games for the Wizards. McGee turned away those shots against the Nets on Friday night as Washington went on to win the game, 97-77. He shot 7 for 9 from the field and hit his lone foul shot, finishing with 15 points. McGee would also grab seven rebounds in his 34 minutes of action. He also contributed a steal, but would commit five turnovers of his own.
Analysis: McGee had an interesting end of 2010 to say the least. Getting into a scuffle with a teammate, serving a one-game suspension because of it and is now looking to start 2011 off right. Over his last five games, McGee is averaging 10.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. A big man that can put up those numbers and shoot 59 percent from the field should be considered a solid start in all Fantasy formats.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee went back to what he knows best on Saturday -- getting rebounds. After coming off a game where he had just three boards on New Year's Eve, McGee pulled down 13 rebounds in 31 minutes of action on Saturday. He also scored 12 points, for his ninth double-double of the year. McGee shot 6 for 9 from the field and added six blocks for the Wizards. His efforts wouldn't be enough though as the Hornets would go on for the 92-81 win.
Analysis: McGee has now played in three games since serving his one-game suspension for getting in an altercation with teammate Andray Blatche. In those three games McGee is averaging 11.7 points, 3.3 blocks and 8.7 rebounds. The big man averages just under a double-double per contest, which gives him Fantasy value in most formats.
News: The Wizards got back the services of Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee on Monday in Houston. The duo had been suspended one game due to an altercation in a night club for conduct detrimental to the team. McGee returned for 24 minutes on Monday in the loss and shot 1 for 5 from the field to score two points. He grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots.
Analysis: McGee has averaged 9.2 points per game this season but has a total of two in his last two games played. As long as he keeps rebounding and blocking shots, though, Fantasy owners won't care much. They don't own him for his scoring. He's a viable option in deeper Fantasy leagues.
News: The Washington Wizards suspended forward Andray Blatche and center JaVale McGee for one game Saturday for conduct detrimental to the team. They will miss the team's game Sunday at San Antonio. "After further investigation into an incident on Thursday night, we concluded that Andray and JaVale conducted themselves in an unprofessional manner," Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said. The Washington Post said on its website that Blatche and McGee were involved in an altercation outside an area club early Friday. The newspaper reported that two league sources said the players cursed at each other and exchanged punches. The Post said another source said police were called to break up the fight.
Analysis: Not exactly what Fantasy owners wanted to hear and it seems the Wizard have a hard time getting along with each other off a basketball court. Fantasy owners will now have to miss McGee's production on Sunday. McGee is averaging 5.8 points with 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over his last five contests and can be considered a low-end Fantasy center in deeper category-based leagues, when able to remain on the court.
News: The Washington Post reports that teammates Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee were involved in an altercation outside an area club early Friday morning. Witness said that the players were screaming expletives at each other and league sources have confirmed that Blatche and McGee also exchanged several punches at the Shadow Room. A Wizards spokesman released a statement late Friday that read, "The team looked into the matter earlier today and determined it was simply a disagreement between teammates." Blatche denied via text message that he and McGee have any conflict, but admitted they did get physical in effort to avoid the disagreements going on around them. "Only one push cause we was tryin to leave and it was fights around us. Why would we fight we are team mates."
Analysis: It does not appear their will be any diciplinaery action from the league or team, however, Fantasy owners will have to keep an eye on the situation moving forward. McGee is averaging 5.8 points with 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over his last five contests and can be considered a low-end Fantasy center in deeper category-based leagues.
News: The Wizards started JaVale McGee on Wednesday and he played 23 minutes in a loss to Chicago. He did not score, however, as he went just 0 for 3 from the field. McGee did grab 10 rebounds in the performance, though. He also blocked two shots.
Analysis: McGee scored 10 points with three boards two days ago against the Bobcats and failed to score with 10 boards on Wednesday. He's averaging 5.8 points per game over his last five and that comes with 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. The blocks and boards keep him a viable Fantasy play in the deeper formats. If only he could provide reliable scoring, too.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee tallied 10 rebounds and four blocks in the Wizards' 95-94 loss to Miami on Saturday night. McGee, who started alongside power forward Andray Blatche for the first time in two games, connected on just 2 of 7 shots and missed his lone 3-point attempt. He now has three 10-rebound efforts in his last eight games and is pulling down an average of 8.4 boards per game this season.
Analysis: McGee may not be posting solid offensive numbers -- just seven total points in his last two games -- but his defensive presence has captured Fantasy owners' attention. The third-year player has now recorded multiple blocks in three straight games and has swatted at least four shots in seven outings this season. His consistency limits his potential but his highest Fantasy value is clearly in category-based leagues and deeper formats.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee played well with Andray Blatche out once again on Tuesday against Los Angeles. In fact, the Wizards were without Blatche and John Wall and lost Yi Jianlian just minutes into the contest. McGee kept Washington close as he scored 12 points on 6 of 8 shooting over 29 minutes. He added nine rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots in the performance.
Analysis: McGee has seen at least 29 minutes in three straight games with Blatche dealing with the injury. He's averaging 12 points and 9.5 rebounds in those three games with a block and over one steal per night. Without Blatche around, McGee has himself looking like a solid Fantasy option in deeper formats. With 2.3 blocks per game on the year, McGee definitely has value in deeper category-based leagues consistently.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee came off the bench in Wednesday's game at the Kings. He played 29 minutes off the bench, producing a decent stat line with 13 points and nine rebounds. McGee had totaled just seven points with 12 rebounds over his previous two games combined.
Analysis: McGee played 29 minutes, so the move to the bench did not impact much. We do not expect the move to be permanent, though there could be some fallout from an embarrassing late attempt at a dunk from the free-throw line that in a 116-91 that could conceivably land him in the doghouse. Coach Flip Saunders has admitted his frustration over McGee's flash-over-substance style in the past. This latest incident won't help. McGee, however, has shown enough upside and ability to put up decent scoring and rebounding to be worth both your patience and that of his head coach.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee scored just five points in 21 minutes in Tuesday's 115-108 loss to the Lakers. McGee shot 2 of 4 from the field and and went 1 of 2 from the charity stripe. He also grabbed six rebounds in the contest to go along with a block, and an assist.
Analysis: McGee has been very inconsistent this season. While he posted some very strong performances, McGee has also had some games that have left Fantasy owners shaking their heads. He has been a little banged up this year, which could explain some of his erratic play, but appears to be healthy at this point. He is averaging 10.2 points and 7.8 rebounds over his last five contests and can be considered a solid start in most formats moving forward.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee (back, head) was able to play in Wednesday's game in Toronto, as expected. He was back in the starting lineup and managed 21 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes of action without showing any lingering effects of his injury.
Analysis: McGee complained of back issues on Monday morning, stemming from his being fouled hard by Elton Brand last week. He did not start Monday night, but put together a solid stat line in that game off the bench. He appears to be plenty healthy enough to activate again in any league where he was reserved and he is quickly emerging as a viable No. 1 center in many formats.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee played through pain in his back and head on Monday in Miami. McGee could not start and almost missed the game after waking up in extreme pain. Hilton Armstrong got the start instead, but ultimately was tossed from the game in the third quarter. The Wizards got 26 minutes out of McGee, who scored 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting despite the injury issues. He added 10 rebounds for the double-double. McGee, who is among the league leaders in blocks, also had two swats in the loss for the Wizards.
Analysis: McGee grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in the Wizards' 116-114 overtime win against the 76ers but ultimately suffered the back injury in that game via Elton Brand. With 3 minutes, 32 seconds left in regulation, Brand attempted to prevent McGee's dunk attempt by pushing McGee with both hands. Brand was later suspended for one game. McGee was clearly in pain on Monday but still recorded a double-double. That said, he could miss some time going forward if the pain doesn't subside so Fantasy owners should be cognizant of that. When healthy, McGee is a solid start in all Fantasy leagues as a center.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee (back, head) is expected to play on Monday in Miami despite waking up in the morning with "unbearable pain" in his back and head. McGee grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in the Wizards' 116-114 overtime win against the 76ers but ultimately suffered the injury in that game via Elton Brand. With 3 minutes, 32 seconds left in regulation, Brand attempted to prevent McGee's dunk attempt by pushing McGee with both hands. Brand was later suspended for one game. I
Analysis: McGee is expected to suit up and play for the Wizards on Monday night but the fact that he isn't starting suggests he is at less than 100 percent health. Fantasy owners who still can might want to get him out of lineups for Week 6 (Nov. 29-Dec. 5) because we just don't know how much he'll be able to play just yet. Normally, McGee has fared like a solid Fantasy option in most leagues.
News:The Washington Post reports that Wizards C JaVale McGee did not participate in his team's morning walkthrough in Miami and he is considered questionable for Monday night's game at the Heat. He awoke Monday with "unbearable pain" in his back and head. "It's from the fall from Brand," Coach Flip Saunders said about McGee's injuries. "His back's been bothering him. Every now and then, it kind of kicks up. It was sore here the last few days and this morning, when he got in, he was in excruciating pain, with back and his head and he sort of had the sweats. We kept him back."
Analysis: McGee grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in the Wizards' 116-114 overtime win against the 76ers. With 3 minutes, 32 seconds left in regulation, Brand attempted to prevent McGee's dunk attempt by pushing McGee with both hands. Brand was later suspended for one game. It would be a shame if McGee can't go on Monday night in Miami, specifically, with the way the Miami Heat have been struggling to stop opposing big men. McGee is offering double-double production with over two blocks and a steal per game. He is slated for three games in Week 6 against teams that struggle to defend in the paint, but now suddenly looks like an injury risk. Exercise caution here.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee enters Fantasy Week 6 (Nov. 29-Dec. 5) averaging 14.0 points and 12.6 rebounds over his previous five games. The most telling number, however, when talking about his recent success may be the 37.2 minutes per game he is averaging during that same span.
Analysis: McGee has always been tabbed as an athletic, raw talent for the future. It seems like the future may have finally arrived as the Wizards are playing him big minutes and are giving him plenty of run, allowing him to emerge as one of the top young big men in the league. He is offering double-double production with over two blocks and a steal per game. He should be active in most formats, especially for his upcoming games against the likes of Miami, Toronto and Phoenix, teams that struggle to defend in the paint.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee not only had one of the best games of his career in Tuesday's overtime win over Philadelphia, he also may have directly influenced the outcome of the game. McGee posterized Elton Brand on a dunk and Brand took offense, shoving McGee to the ground. Refs tossed Brand and Washington ultimately won in the overtime period without Brand on the floor to help. McGee played great as well as he scored 24 points and added 18 rebounds for the monster double-double. He shot 9 for 15 from the field over 44 minutes and added four blocks, two steals and two assists.
Analysis: McGee is one of the most raw and underdeveloped players in the NBA and yet he's been absolutely dominating at times. Case in point is his last two games. He's averaging 22 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks in those two contests. Averaging 13 rebounds per game over his last five, McGee seems to have turned a corner and is fast becoming a Fantasy stud. It is probably worth getting him active across the board.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee had his most productive game of the season in a return to his home state of Michigan on Sunday against the Pistons. He played a season-high 42 minutes and scored 20 points with 16 rebounds. He also blocked two shots and notched an assist. For McGee, it was his second double-double in a row and his third straight game with 10 rebounds.
Analysis: McGee is certainly on the rise in terms of Fantasy appeal. But while many Fantasy owners may be ready to declare him the next Fantasy superstar, we should warn you of tough matchups ahead in Fantasy Week 5 (Nov. 22-28). He'll play just three games and two of those games will match him up against tough direct opposition in Al Horford of the Hawks and Dwight Howard of the Magic. If he makes it out of Week 5 with nearly as much Fantasy appeal as he had going in, we'll be ready to declare him a must-start in all leagues.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee led the team with 12 rebounds in Friday's 89-86 win over the Grizzlies. He shot 4 for 7 from the field and hit both free throws, finishing with 10 points. This marks his second double-double of the year for Washington. McGee added two assists, three blocks and three steals in his 38 minutes of action.
Analysis: McGee has a role on Washington and he's pretty good at it. Rebound, block and shoot a high percentage from the field. He entered Friday shooting 56.9 percent from the field, 7.6 points and 6.6 boards per contest. Fantasy owners should continue to view him as a viable center in deeper formats.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee played well over 27 minutes on Wednesday in a blowout loss in Boston. McGee just missed a double-double as he fell two points shy with eight on 4 of 9 shooting. He grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots. McGee added two steals in the game.
Analysis: McGee won't score in double figures often but he's averaging over six rebounds and three blocks per game. As long as he's putting those stats together as a center, McGee is going to be very serviceable in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee swatted four shots and the Wizards defeated the Rockets on Wednesday night. McGee scored eight points on 4 of 6 shooting over 22 minutes on the floor. He added six rebounds.
Analysis: McGee is among the league leaders in blocked shots and is getting 3.2 per game over his last five contests. He's scoring 7.4 points and grabbing 7.6 rebounds per game over that span as well. He doesn't score much, but McGee shoots a high percentage. He's a great Fantasy center to own and start in deeper leagues.
News: Wizards center JaVale McGee was very efficient in Friday's 112-91 loss to the Knicks. McGee had eight points on 4 of 5 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds in the defeat. He played 25 minutes and added a steal and a block.
Analysis: McGee has shown flashes of his potential this season, but has yet to produce that breakout game we all have been waiting for. He has struggled to stay out of foul trouble at times and has yet to record double-digit totals in scoring and rebounding. We expect his numbers to increase as the season progresses, but he should only be starting in deeper leagues at the moment.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee had a career-high seven blocks on Saturday night against Atlanta. He had a relatively quiet night in the Wizards season opener, but didn't have to deal with Dwight Howard in Saturday's contest. McGee shot 75 percent from the field and hit his lone foul shot -- finishing with seven points. He grabbed eight rebounds and had a steal, but shortly after his seventh block he picked up his fifth foul, which forced him to the bench. McGee would commit five of the Wizards' 17 turnovers in their 99-95 loss to the Hawks.
Analysis: McGee had an impressive outing on Saturday as he logged almost 27 minutes. His three contests in the next scoring period are all against relatively small team -- Philadelphia, New York and Cleveland -- so he may be able to continue his block party for the Wizards. If he can stay out of foul trouble, McGee will be a nice role player off Fantasy owner's benches this year.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee had a relatively quiet night for the Wizards on Thursday as he battled Orlando center Dwight Howard most of the night. McGee had been playing well in the preseason for the Wizards, but ran into a brick wall in Orlando. McGee went 3 for 6 from the field and hit one free throw, finishing with seven points. He added two rebounds -- both offensive -- a steal and a block in his almost 20 minutes of court time. Once the game was out of reach the Wizards bench saw plenty of action.
Analysis: McGee was averaging double-digit points and around seven rebounds in the preseason, but that was with more than 20 minutes of court time. Those numbers seem very obtainable for McGee if he can stay in the game for longer stints. Having him at center allows the Wizards to start Andray Blatche next to him on the frontcourt. Throw in rookie John Wall running the show, and there is potential for McGee. Despite a poor outing in the opener, Fantasy owners should still keep McGee reserved as he could prove to be a nice sleeper this season.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee got the start at center in Tuesday's preseason loss to Detroit with Andray Blatche starting at power forward. McGee played 21 minutes and shot 4 for 5 from the field to score 10 points. He added six rebounds and two blocked shots.
Analysis: McGee is averaging 10 points per game on the preseason and is also grabbing around seven boards per game over 20 minutes. He's started five preseason games and could be the team's starting center on opening night. We already know he's going to play a major role for the Wizards and that could have him as a Fantasy-viable center worthy of a late-round pick in drafts. Playing alongside Blatche and with John Wall could do wonders for this sleeper.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee started the first three games of the preseason but had 16 points and 11 rebounds when he came off the bench Tuesday against the Hawks. According to the Washington Post, his exact role is unclear, but not his playing time. "There's no question he's going to play a lot," coach Flip Saunders said. "It's just a matter of whether we're going to get him to play at that intensity level all the time. Which is what we're striving to do. He can have a real impact on the game. He's a big part of what we are. He's going to play a major role in what we do."
Analysis: McGee has excellent ball-handling skills for a big man, which is what makes his potential so exciting, but Saunders would like to see him have a little less style and a little more substance. McGee is motivated to give him what he wants. "Truthfully, I don't understand what exactly what substance he wants," he said. I'm trying to rebound, so if that's the substance he wants, then I'm going to try my best to do that the most. But I don't understand, so I'm just trying to go for everything, offensively and defensively, even if it's not even my rebound. I've decided I just don't care. I'm just going to try to get as many rebounds as possible." That approach would certainly work for Fantasy owners. McGee has the potential to contribute plenty of points, rebounds and blocks with playing time, and whether or not he plays alongside Andray Blatche or behind him, he apparently will get plenty of minutes. He's an excellent late-round sleeper.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee earned a double-double on Tuesday night in a preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks. McGee shot 6 for 10 from the field and scored 16 points. He added 11 rebounds and two steals in the winning effort.
Analysis: McGee played 25 minutes on Tuesday and that is his highest total since the preseason opener at Dallas. He scored 13 points in that game, his last in double figures before Tuesday. Clearly, with minutes, McGee could be an awesome Fantasy sleeper this season. He still sits behind Andray Blatche on the depth chart at center, however, so only consider him with a late-round pick, at best.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee did not do much on Friday night against the Bulls. He played under 18 minutes in the 107-96 loss, scoring just four points off 2 of 6 shooting. He also chipped in the five rebounds and one steal in the defeat.
Analysis: McGee averaged an impressive 19.5 points and 9.3 rebounds in the Las Vegas summer league but has not done much in the preseason thus far. He still sits behind Andray Blatche on the depth chart at center and was outscored 14-4 by him on Friday night. He could quickly become a popular pickup off the waiver wire should he find himself playing significant minutes but that remains to be seen. His biggest asset to Fantasy owners, even in his limited playing time, continues to be his shot-blocking ability. He averaged 1.7 blocks in 60 appearances last season -- and that came while getting just 16.1 minutes per game. Keep an eye on McGee throughout the year to see how things play out.
News: The Washington Wizards exercised their fourth-year option on the contract of JaVale McGee. McGee averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds with 1.7 blocks per game last season.
Analysis: McGee's numbers may not look like much, but he is a raw young big man with decent upside and already serves as a sleeper for blocks in category leagues. He should be in line for increased playing time this season in Washington and makes for a decent late-round flier pick in deeper formats.
News: The Sports Xchange reports the Wizards are high on center JaVale McGee, and he has emerged as the team's most promising big man after Andray Blatche. McGee started for much of the second half of the season after the departure of Brendan Haywood and then spent the last three weeks coming off the bench. At 7-0 he is the best athlete on the frontline but his skills are incredibly raw, especially at the offensive end. For the season, McGee averaged 6.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
Analysis: McGee has the chance to be a No. 2 Fantasy center if he continues to develop in 2010-11. He's better in category-based leagues based on his ability to grab rebounds and block shots. Consider taking McGee with a late-round pick in all leagues.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee set career highs with 25 points and 15 rebounds during Tuesday's win over the Warriors. He shot 11 of 18 from the field, adding one assist and three blocks in 30 minutes.
Analysis: McGee has turned it on just in time for the end of the season. He's scored in double figures in each of his last five games, averaging 15.2 points and 8.4 rebounds over that stretch. He could be a viable No. 2 Fantasy center in deeper formats for Fantasy Week 24 (April 5-14).
News: Washington C JaVale McGee scored 14 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in a loss to the Bobcats on Tuesday. McGee, who saw extended minutes because Andray Blatche boycott the team, shot 6 of 12 from the floor while adding two blocks. It was his third double-double of the season.
Analysis: McGee should see a Fantasy boost with Blatche's status uncertain for the rest of the season. He is averaging 7.4 points and 7.2 rebounds in his last five games. While the rebounding numbers are solid, the points should pickup over the next few weeks. Fantasy owners can use McGee as a nice stopgap for the rest of the season.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee finished with nine rebounds and scored 10 of his career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter of Thursday's loss to Atlanta. He added eight dunks which ties Orlando's Dwight Howard with the most in a game this season. McGee finished 10 of 13 from the field and has now scored in double figures in four of his last five contests.
Analysis: McGee is averaging 12.8 points over his last five contests to go along with seven rebounds. One of McGee's biggest issues is his consistency with scoring, but he does provide enough rebounds to make him a double-double threat. Fantasy owners should consider McGee a low-end No. 2 Fantasy center.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee collected five blocks in a loss to the Celtics on Sunday. McGee finished with 13 points, one rebound and a steal in 31 minutes. McGee has now collected 12 blocked shots in his last four games.
Analysis: McGee is nearly averaging four blocks over his last five games and is scoring in double figures, averaging 12.4 points. The Wizards play four games during Fantasy Week 20 (March 8-14) and McGee can be used as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy center because he is a cheap source of blocks.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee scored 13 points in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday. McGee hauled in 11 rebounds while swatting away four shots in 30 minutes. He has now scored in double figures in four of his last five contests.
Analysis: McGee is averaging 11.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and three blocks over his last five contests. As long as he can remain fairly consistent with his scoring, McGee can be used as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy center because of his ability to block shots.
News: Washington center JaVale McGee continues to play well. McGee had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks Wednesday against Milwaukee. In his past three games, McGee has 10 blocks.
Analysis: The 7-foot McGee is worth using as a No. 2 center in category-based Fantasy leagues based on his ability to block shots. Hopefully his offense and rebounding will continue to improve, but the Wizards are giving McGee a chance to play and show he can be a force on the defensive end.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee made his first start of the season on Wednesday against the Timberwolves. The rarely used second-year player didn't disappoint the coaches or home fans as he contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. McGee grabbed six offensive rebounds and shot 70 percent from the field (7 of 10). He also added an assist, one steal and blocked five shots.
Analysis: McGee made his first start because of the trade of Brendan Haywood and looked mighty strong. Unfortunately, Washington also traded for Zyundras Ilgauskas on Wednesday, so McGee could very well be coming off the bench again. It's worth monitoring in Fantasy since McGee could be a fantastic option down the stretch, if he keeps posting stat lines like Wednesday. We just aren't holding our breath.
News: Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Washington's newest acquisition, PF Drew Gooden, may be bought out by the Wizards. This means that Gooden may never even play for Washington and is definitely not going to be playing in the very near future. This also means you can expect added Fantasy value for Washington big men JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche.
Analysis: With Brendan Haywood gone and Gooden possibly never coming to Washington, McGee, owned in just 4 percent of Fantasy leagues, could see a nice boost in minutes and Fantasy value. Still, he's done nothing this season to suggest he's going to be a worthwhile pickup in any Fantasy league outside of the deepest formats.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee, who hadn't played in six games, most recently because of a knee injury, returned to the lineup Tuesday at Philadelphia. He played just five minutes off the bench, finishing with four points, one rebound and one steal.
Analysis: McGee gets only a handful of minutes on the few occasions he does play. His current role makes him not worth owning in Fantasy.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee (knee) did not play on Saturday against the Spurs. He is questionable for the team's game on Tuesday at Philadelphia.
Analysis: MgGee does not contribute all that much with the Wizards to begin with and does not typically even get into most games. Keep him benched in all formats even when he is able to return.
News:The Washington Post reports that Washington C JaVale McGee missed the team's game on Tuesday against the Thunder with a sore right knee. Mike James was activated in his place.
Analysis: MgGee does not contribute all that much with the Wizards to begin with and does not typically even get into most games. Keep him benched in all formats even when he is able to return.
News: The Washington Wizards have exercised their contract options on guard Nick Young and center JaVale McGee for the 2010-11 season.
Analysis: McGee was the 18th overall pick in last year's draft and averaged 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds as a rookie. He has some measure of appeal in deeper leagues as a possible No. 2 center, but his role would have to change now with Brendan Haywood healthy.
News: The Washington Post reports that JaVale McGee was pleasantly surprised to receive an invitation to a Team USA minicamp for young, potential Team USA prospects. "I was surprised by it," McGee said of the invitation from Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball's national team director. "This is one of the most elite programs. I never really put any thought about being here. I just want to work harder to be a better player."
Analysis: McGee wasn't the only one surprised by the invitation. He averaged 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in the Las Vegas summer league and played well enough to get the invite from Colangelo. McGee had some brief moments of promise last season, but is still a very underdeveloped big man that won't be anything more than a Fantasy reserve entering the season.
News: Washington F JaVale McGee (13 points, 11 rebounds) notched his fourth double-double of the season Friday against Denver. McGee has scored in double figures in back to back games.
Analysis: McGee has played some of his best basketball since February. The rookie forward is getting a serious look since Washington is trying to gauge his long-term potential, but since McGee isn't very consistent, he has very low-end Fantasy appeal.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee just missed a double-double Monday against the Hawks, but contributed 14 points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench. McGee, who also had one assist, has scored in double figures in two of the last three games.
Analysis: McGee has played some of his best basketball since February. The rookie forward is getting a serious look since Washington is trying to gauge his long-term potential, but since McGee isn't a double-double machine, he has very low-end Fantasy appeal.
News: Stretching every bit of his 7-foot-6 wingspan, JaVale McGee rose high above the rim to slam in Caron Butler's alley-oop pass, then raised his hand to his forehead and saluted one particular front-row spectator: President Barack Obama. With the Hoopster-in-Chief at courtside -- the first president in nearly a decade to make the mile-or-so jaunt over from the White House to attend an NBA game -- McGee, Butler and the rest of the last-place Washington Wizards embarrassed Obama's hometown team, beating the Bulls 113-90 on Friday night.
Analysis: McGee must have been inspired by the presence of Obama as he had been pretty awful in his last several games. He is averaging only 4.6 points a game over his last five and not worth using in Fantasy right now.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee scored 18 points and ripped down 11 rebounds for a double-double on Tuesday in a loss at Atlanta. McGee was 7-of-10 from the field and added two blocked shots.
Analysis: McGee is averaging 11 points and six boards per game with a block over his last five contests. He's got the upside to perform as he did on Tuesday but is really only consistently performing like someone worth using in deeper leagues.
News: The Washington Post reports Wizards guard Nick Young and center JaVale McGee were charged with reckless driving after being pulled over for speeding on Jan. 1. Both players, who were driving separate cars, face Feb. 26 court dates. Young said he and McGee were in a hurry to get to the airport in time for the team's flight to Boston, where the Wizards had a game the following night. Young said that he and McGee were not racing. If convicted, the maximum penalty for reckless driving is one year in jail, a $2,500 fine and the loss of driver's license for a month.
Analysis: It sounds like the situation is minor but is still something worth keeping an eye on. Young and McGee have minimal Fantasy value, but it doesn't sound like either will miss any playing time any time soon.
News: Washington rookie JaVale McGee tied his career high with 18 to help the Wizards break a five-game losing streak with a 106-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. McGee added nine rebounds and a block in the game.
Analysis: McGee played 24 minutes and was 8-of-15 from the field on Saturday. He's averaging just 16 minutes per night over his five games and isn't playing nearly as well as Saturday's stats suggest. He's still averaging just six points and six boards over his last five and we wouldn't suggest getting him active in any Fantasy leagues until he can prove more consistent.
News: Washington Wizards center Andray Blatche, who wound up on the wrong end of a collision with Shaquille O'Neal, will be sidelined two to four weeks with a strained left knee. Interim coach Ed Tapscott said Darius Songaila or rookie JaVale McGee will start Wednesday's game at Miami.
Analysis: The injury leaves the Wizards, whose 9-35 record is the worst in the NBA, with just 10 healthy players. Out of necessity alone, Songaila and McGee will see a boost in minutes and become worthy of taking fliers on in deeper leagues that require two centers.
News:JaVale McGee went for a career-high 18 points against the Lakers Thursday night against the Lakers. It was his highest scoring output since he had 11 points on Dec. 11 vs. Boston.
Analysis: McGee finally made something out of his increased playing time, but many of these points came in garbage time as the Wizards were getting blown out. Continue leaving him on waivers unless you're in desperate need of a low-end center option.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee played only four minutes against the Knicks in Friday's game, scoring only two points. In the three games prior, he played double digit minutes.
Analysis: Whatever the reason is that McGee is getting less playing time, it's basically irrelevant in Fantasy because he wasn't doing enough with the increased minutes he was getting to be worth starting in anything other than the deepest of leagues. Leave him on waivers.
News: The Wizards were given a first-half boost on Saturday against the Bobcats by rookie center JaVale McGee, who had spent the past four games on the bench. McGee had two crowd-pleasing dunks in the second quarter as well as a big blocked shot, and led the team with nine first-half points, but did not score after halftime. McGee finished the game -- a Wizards' loss -- with nine points and four boards in almost 19 minutes.
Analysis: McGee can occasionally come away with a few blocks, but his lack of playing time limits his points and rebounds. Continue to think of him as just a low-end Fantasy center -- one better left on waivers.
News: Wizards C JaVale McGee, who starts but averages only 18.4 minutes per game, didn't even come close to that amount Tuesday against the Pistons. He played only five minutes and shot 0-for-2 from the field.
Analysis: McGee can occasionally come away with a few blocks, but his lack of playing time limits his points and rebounds. Continue to think of him as just a low-end Fantasy center -- one better left on waivers.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee managed just six points in a loss to Portland on Wednesday night in 18 minutes out of the starting lineup. McGee also amassed seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals. It was the second game in a row with three blocks.
Analysis: McGee has been starting for Washington and is getting about 20 minutes per game. For every solid game he has, he'll have a clunker the next day. His Fantasy value comes from being a center and he's worth owning as a backup in any format, but you probably shouldn't be using him in anything but deeper leagues.
News: Washington C JaVale McGee made his first start of the season and played 21 minutes on Wednesday night in a loss to Atlanta. McGee scored five points and grabbed five rebounds. He was 2-for-4 from the floor.
Analysis: McGee has been getting about 25 minutes per game over his last four contests for the Wizards and has been scoring around 9.5 per. Considering he's a center, McGale is worth scooping up in any Fantasy format.
News: The Wizards won their first game of the season on Wednesday against the Jazz and first-round draft pick C JaVale McGee played a big part. The 7-footer, who left Nevada after his sophomore season, set personal NBA bests with 13 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. "I was impressed," said Carlos Boozer.
Analysis: McGee has been playing more and more minutes lately and he certainly earned in on Wednesday. He's got two double-doubles in his last three games for the Wizards and should play more in the future for coach Eddie Jordan. Considering he's a center, McGale is worth scooping up in any Fantasy format.
News:The Sports Xchange notes that JaVale McGee played a career-high 30 minutes against New York Friday on the way to his first career double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds).
Analysis: A number of team sources have hinted that Wizards coach Eddie Jordan is considering shaking up the team's lineup and perhaps going with younger and more energetic players. That should mean McGee will get a fair shake for more minutes at the expense of struggling center Etan Thomas. Considering he's a center, McGale is worth scooping up in any Fantasy format.
News: The Wizards will play just two games in Fantasy Week 1 (Oct. 27-Nov. 2). They will start off the season on Oct. 29 at home against the Nets, who allowed 100.9 ppg last season. Then they wrap up the week on Nov. 1 at Detroit, who allowed just 90.1 ppg, lowest in the NBA.
Analysis: Caron Butler is a good play this week despite the two-game week because no team is playing more than three games anyway. Fringe players like DeShawn Stevenson, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, Nick Young, Juan Dixon or Darius Songaila are not recommended starts this week.
News: First-round draft pick Javale McGee signed a two-year, $2.4 million deal with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. McGee, a 7-foot center who left Nevada after his sophomore season, was the 18th overall pick in last month's draft. "JaVale has a chance to be a solid addition to our team, so we're excited to have him officially signed," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "We were impressed with his athleticism and shot-blocking when we were scouting him prior to the draft and are anxious to see him compete at the NBA level."
Analysis: McGee is the first son of a former WNBA player to be selected in the NBA draft. His mother, Pamela, played for the Los Angeles Sparks and Sacramento Monarchs in the 1990s. He averaged 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks for Nevada last season. He will be part of the Wizards' team in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas from July 14-20.