JaVale McGee was born in the small basketball town of Flint, Michigan. All the nurses in the entire hospital came to see this new edition. JaVale was 11 pounds and 11 ounces, the biggest baby in the hospital. The nurses could not believe how big he was. He was born with six fingers, a common condition, that affects 1 out of 20 babies. One of the fingers was filled with water and was shaped like a basketball. This was a sign of his fate, because his mother a professional women’s basketball player, had to take a leave of absence from her basketball career to create his destiny. Born with a ball in his hand, he was destined to be a great basketball player. The extra finger ultimately fell off, after the doctor tied it up with a string, but his destiny had been defined.
Twenty-one years later, people are still marveling at JaVale McGee’s physical prowess. The 7-foot Center-Forward has been referred to as a “Basketball Frankenstein”, because of his physical capabilities, and genetic athletic gifts. His 7’ft 6 wingspan, 34 inch vertical, his shot-blocking ability, his ability to catch with his soft hands, and his guard speed in the lanes, is why they call him a “Basketball Frankenstein”. His genetic gifts come from his mother who was a two-time National Champion at the University of Southern California, a 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist, Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer, and also played and coached in the WNBA. He and his mother created history, by being the first WNBA mom to have a son drafted in the NBA. His father, George Montgomery was drafted in the NBA second round by the Portland Trailblazers, in the early eighties
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.
McGee signs with the Los Angeles Lakers.
History and the Legacy Continues. JaVale McGee is the starting center for the Los Angeles Lakers. His mom attended USC and has legendary roots in Los Angeles. Her jersey is hanging in the rafters at Galen Center at U.S.C. You can see family photos of the event at the Gallery page from the Navigation bar. JaVale McGee has taken the baton 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...