Recapping JaVale McGee’s Team USA Performance

Just a quick update…

JaVale McGee and the USA Blue team lost to the USA White team 114-96 on Saturday night.

McGee finished with 7 points, 3 rebounds, and a block in just under ten minutes of action. He played the least out of any player on either team.

It would appear McGee doesn’t have much of a shot of making the final roster considering his very limited minutes. Still, in the time he was given, he played pretty well. There were a few instances where he mistimed his jump and fumbled the rebound (nothing new as Wizards fans know), but his impact offensively was impressive.

For the record, here’s McGee’s competition at center:

Love, Kevin 19:54 2-5 .400 1-2 3-4 3-4-7 0 3 0 1 0 8
Lopez, Brook 13:04 1-2 .500 0-0 0-0 0-0-0 0 2 0 1 0 2
Chandler, Tyson 20:23 6-6 1.000 0-0 1-4 4-5-9 1 4 1 1 4 13
Odom, Lamar 16:14 1-4 .250 0-1 0-0 0-6-6 3 1 1 0 2

Other than Tyson Chandler’s 13 points on 6-6 shooting/9 rebound/4 blocks performance, none of those guys put up monster statlines. In fact, given an extra eight or nine minutes of playing time, it’s likely JaVale would have ecliped Love, Odom, and Lopez on the stat sheet.

Of course, it’s ultimately about more than just pure statistics, and McGee’s intangibles were sub par compared to the other big men. He looked out of place and was still leaving assignments to try and make highlight reel blocks.

I’m guessing Coach K and company are intrigued by McGee’s skill set and potential, but at this point, he’s on the outside looking in at making the team.

There’s a little time left to impress the coaches and hopefully McGee can do just that.

Tags: Brook Lopez Coach K Javale Mcgee Kevin Love Lamar Odom Team Usa Team Usa Basketball Tyson Chandler Washington Wizards

  • Blake Lovell

    Alex, I thought McGee looked pretty impressive last night. Thought he’s certainly not the most recognizable name on the team, since they have a limited amount of centers, Coach K may look at him as a project for the future.

    Lopez is struggling right now, and maybe McGee does enough to make the team. Like you said, he’s on the outside looking in now, but I don’t think it would be a bad choice to keep him on this team.

    • Alex Shultz


      Thanks for the comment. I agree that Coach K should seriously consider McGee for a spot on the team, but I’d say he’s still a longshot at this point. Lopez is recovering from a bad case of mono, which the coaches have said they will take into account when making their decision. To me, that points to them overruling Lopez’s poor performance and keeping him around. Hopefully they want three pure centers on the squad, because if that’s the case, McGee will definitely make it.

      • Blake Lovell

        Yeah, I kinda forgot about Lopez having mono. That’s why he looks a little rusty out there. But I would definitely like to see them lean more towards pure centers versus trying to play Lamar Odom there. I think that just messes up the flow for Odom, as he isn’t a dangerous post-up threat. I’d much rather have a center like McGee who can run the floor but can also come down and back up a defender.