JaVale McGee was born January 19, 1988 in Flint, Michigan. Flint Michigan is a basketball town and this baby was a born to play. At 23 inches long, 11 pounds and 11 ounces, McGee was one of the biggest babies in the hospital. Nurses from every floor came down to see this big basketball baby, from a basketball family. His mother, Pamela McGee was an All-American basketball player at USC., and an Olympic Gold Medalist in women’s basketball. JaVale grew up watching his mother play professional basketball overseas and in the WNBA. Pamela McGee also coached in the WNBA and won a WNBA world championship as a WNBA coach. His father, George Montgomery, played collegiately at the University of Illinois and was a 2nd round pick for the Portland Trail Blazers. JaVale McGee spent much of his teenage years in Michigan where he attended basketball mecca Detroit County Day, where Chris Webber, of the Michigan Fab-Five attended. JaVale moved to Chicago his senior year of high school and graduated with honors earning a 4.5 GPA from Hales Franciscan High School.
In the fall of 2006 JaVale McGee attended the University of Nevada. By his sophomore season McGee was the starting center. He averaged 14.3 points, and 7.3 rebounds. JaVale was named to the WAC All-Defensive Team, averaging 2.79 blocks per game. JaVale McGee broke a school record with 92 blocks for the season. After this season JaVale decided to enter the 2008 NBA draft.
WELCOME TO THE NBA
McGee was selected 18th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2008 NBA Draft. In the 2010 -2011 season JaVale finished second in the NBA in total blocked shots (193) and blocks per game (2.4).
On January 6, 2011, McGee was chosen to participate in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. McGee was the first Wizard to ever participate in the contest. He finished in second place, losing to Blake Griffin. He was the first player to use three balls at one time in a dunk contest, which was later cited by the Guinness World Records as the most basketballs dunked in a single jump. March of 2011, JaVale had a career-high 28 points and 18 rebounds in 30 minutes of play against the Warriors.
THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: JAVALE FINDS A HOME IN THE NBA
On March 15, 2012, JaVale McGee was traded to the Denver Nuggets. In game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs, the world was experienced the multi-faceted game of JaVale McGee.
The world witnessed why some basketball guru’s have called him a “Basketball Frankenstein”, as the best rim-protector in the league! He exhibited so much agility, and a “guard-like” skill set as a mobile big man in the NBA. McGee scored 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 102-99 win over the Lakers. During the summer of 2012 JaVale trained with Hakeem Olajuwon. "No question, I see him as another star," "He has tremendous talent.”- Olajuwon
After bouncing around from team to team from a brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks, the Philadelphia 76ers, McGee finally found a home with the Golden State Warriors. McGee secured a spot and won his first 2017 NBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RING! Go to the Media Page to see clips of the championship and parade photos. You can see family photos of the event at the Gallery page from the Navigation bar. JaVale McGee has taken the paton of the McGee Family life legacy relay team to carry on the Legendary McGee name. JaVale has his own philanthropic endeavors with his Juglife Foundation. With his philanthropy, he has continued the vision and the directive from his late grandmother, Dianne McGee. Her favorite line was, "Boy you are a McGee act-like you have some "home-training". Always be the best! She would also talk about the McGee Family Constitution. "We are McGee's ...We are not Criminals, Liars, or Thieves...." The words of his late grandmother resonate as he raises his own daughter. His grandmother said "Integrity and Character" cannot be purchased. It just is...