The Nuggets have offered JaVale Mcgee $50 million. He hasn't taken it yet because he thinks he's worth more. Can someone explain to me why we just had a lockout?
Personally, I wouldn't touch McGee with a 970 foot pole. He's exactly the type of person you don't want on your basketball team. His maturity level falls somewhere between a newborn puppy and an average fourth-grader.
But you can't teach seven feet. Players with his height and leaping ability are rare.
Most NBA teams are more than happy to bet $50 million on their ability to teach someone that talented how to harness his abilities. Personally, I don't think even Phil Jackson could fix this kid. But hey, I'm not running an NBA team (yet). His knucklehead factor is simply too high.
In terms of raw talent, McGee compares favorably to Anthony Davis. Yes, I just compared him to a current member of our national basketball team. That's why, even though McGee has averaged 8.6 points per game over his career, there is at least one team willing to pay him $50 million.
Again, I'd want McGee nowhere near my team. Then again, I root for a guy who missed a playoff game after punching a fire extinguisher. Maybe I'm not a great judge of character. There's a 20 percent chance McGee is a star someday, and plenty of teams are willing to take that bet.