With the roster down to 18, there is a growing optimism in the Golden State that the Shaqtin’ a Fool two-time MVP, JaVale McGee, could earn a spot as Warriors backup center next season.
JaVale McGee is currently battling for the 15th spot in the Golden State Warriors roster, who are down to 18 after waiving forwards Elgin Cook and Scott Wood. With the Warriors goal to win the championship title, some people doubt if they should add an inconsistent and injury-prone player like McGee.
Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala believed that JaVale McGee deserves to earn a roster spot, adding that he is better than some players who were given lucrative contracts in the recent free agency.
“Talk to some different people, GMs, front office people. He’s so much better than a lot of these guys who got paid this past year. Like, so much better.” Iguodala said.
Iguodala and McGee became teammates in the Denver Nuggets in 2012-13 where the 28-year-old center had health issues and unable to contribute enough to the team. However, in terms of physical skill, it is rare to find a 7-footer with McGee’s level of athleticism.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr thinks that McGee has a chance to be included on his 15-man roster. He also revealed that Andre Iguodala ‘highly recommended’ the 7-foot center.
“I do. I think JaVale has a real chance here. We’ll see how he plays in camp. But he comes highly recommended by Andre, who played with him in Denver. I think this is a really good opportunity for him, because he’s playing with a talented group of players and a really good environment… in which there’s nobody like him on the roster.”
“I think he’s got a chance and we’ll give him every opportunity to play,” Kerr said.
At some point, the Warriors could need McGee’s size and ability to protect the rim, especially with the departure of Andrew Bogut. With a non-guaranteed contract, the Warriors could take a gamble giving JaVale McGee the final roster spot.
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