JaVale McGee was spectacular Wednesday night against the Lakers. He scored 21 points, seized 14 rebounds while making Lakers big men Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol look old and silly and helpless.
McGee is only 24. He’s stumbled through much of his NBA career. He once looked on his way to a classic knucklehead, underachieving career.
That was yesterday. I see McGee as the anchor of a Nuggets franchise that could – finally – make a journey to the NBA Finals. The possibility for a bright future is in place for the Nuggets. There’s the point guard (Ty Lawson) and the versatile forward (Danilo Gallinari) and the manic rebounder (Kenneth Faried.) Best of all, there’s the man in the middle (McGee) who could become a dominating force. He certainly dominated on Wednesday.
If I’m one of the leaders of the Nuggets, I’m keeping this quartet together. Everyone is young. Everyone is gifted. Everyone seems content in Colorado.
McGee has it all. Great hands. Superlative leaping ability. A soft touch in the paint. He could be the big man Nuggets fans have long awaited.