JaVale McGee Says He’s Going To Be Healthy & Back To That Elite Level
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In a recent interview with Mavs.com, new Dallas Mav JaVale McGee talked about finally being healthy after playing just 28 games over the last 2 seasons and being ready to play at an “elite level.”
“That was one of the major things about (signing with the Mavericks),” McGee confessed. “With how good the training staff is and all the training materials that they have and other teams don’t have, it’s definitely a good thing.
“I’m definitely getting back to that elite level. The injuries really slowed me down, so I’m definitely going to get 100 percent healthy and come out and give it my all.”
You might be struggling to remember when the 27 year old with a 7’6 wingspan was ever “elite.” Actually, you are probably just remembering how he was the Shaqtin’ A Fool favorite before Nick Young (who else remembers and misses the JaVale & Nick Show) and how he was pretty underrated in the 2011 NBA dunk contest. But when JaVale was healthy and not Shaqtin’ a fool on the court, he was capable of putting up some big numbers.
Here’s a few of those game including his infamous triple double from 2011.
- 11pts, 12rebs, 12blks vs Bulls (2011)
- 28pts, 18rebs, 5blks vs Warriors (2011)
- 24pts, 18rebs, 4blks vs 76ers (2010)
- 23pts, 18rebs, 5blks vs 76ers (2011)
- 21pts (10-11fg), 11rebs, 3blks in 25mins vs Spurs (2013)
Those were pretty impressive numbers but they were also multiple injuries and years ago.
Good luck JaVale.