Andre Iguodala thinks highly of JaVale McGee
He maybe known for his on-court lapses and questionable decisions in some plays, but now, JaVale McGee looks to put it all in the past and play to his full potential.
The 28-year-old signed with the Golden State Warriors this off-season seeking redemption and attempting to crack head coach Steve Kerr‘s rotation. Expected to be a third-stinger behind Zaza Pachulia and Anderson Varejao, he has been putting a lot of work in the team’s training camp to earn his spot and some playing time once the season starts.
One of his teammates took notice of the 7-foot center’s efforts and had high praises for him. Andre Iguodala even said that McGee is better than some players who secured heftier wages this year. Per Ethan Strauss of ESPN:
Iguodala on JaVale’s value: “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.”
This says a lot about his character and how much he has matured. Iguodala may have seen a huge difference in the work ethic from the eight-year NBA veteran as they have already played together back in the 2012-2013 season with the Denver Nuggets.
The Warriors already have a star-studded lineup which makes them the title favorite this year, and if Javale McGee can provide quality minutes and contribute off the bench, it would make them even tougher to beat. With veteran teammates and a champion coach, he won’t lack the guidance to lessen the mistakes he has made in the past and become a better player.