|Draft:||First Round, 18th overall|
|NBA Career:||2008 - present|
|Mavs Tenure:||2015 - 2016|
JaVale McGee (born January 19, 1988 in Flint, Michigan) was signed as a free agent, by the Dallas Mavericks, on August 13, 2015.
McGee attended the University of Nevada for two years. As a freshman his minutes were limited as, despite playing in 33 games, he only averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
It all came together for the big man as a sophomore however as, again, in 33 games he managed 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per contest. He led the Western Athletic Conference in total blocks and blocks per game and was second in the league in rebounds per game while being named second team All-WAC.
McGee decided to forego his final two years of eligibility and declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft where he was selected in the first round (18th overall) by the Washington Wizards.
His impact was immediate as he saw action in 75 games his rookie season and averaged 6.5 ppg and 3.9 rpg. Similar numbers followed in 2009-2010 when he posted 6.4 ppg and 4.1 rpg.
His third year saw the 7'0 center post very impressive numbers averaging 10.1 points and 8.0 rebounds over 79 games. That season he also became the first Wizards player to participate in the Slam Dunk contest during All-Star Weekend, finishing second to the L.A. Clippers' Blake Griffin.
Although he was on his way to a career year in 2011-2012 averaging 11.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks, Washington traded McGee and Ronny Turiaf to the Denver Nuggets for Nene. He finished strong that season in Denver over the final 20 games with 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds helping the Nuggets to the NBA Playoffs.
2012-2013 saw him play in 79 games and, again, taking Denver to the Playoffs. The next season however when, after only five games, McGee suffered a stress fracture in his left tibia on November 8 which eventually requited surgery on February 20.
The next season found McGee on the move again. After seeing action in 17 games for the Nuggets, he was traded with Chukwudiebere Maduabum and a first round draft pick, to Philadelphia for the rights to Cenk Akyol. He only played five games for the Sixers before being waived on March 1, 2015.
He signed with the Mavs prior to training camp on August 13. A recurrence of the stress fracture in his left tibia forced him to miss the team's first 13 games.
McGee played one season in a Mavericks uniform averaging 5.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 10.9 minutes in 34 games.