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:
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.