JaVale McGee isn't the biggest star. The 18th pick in 2008 out of Nevada, McGee has spent his two and a half seasons in the NBA thus far toiling for the perennially struggling Washington Wizards.
But after seeing only sporadic action through his first two years, he's really come into his own this year, and been one of their few bright spots for the Wizards, averaging 9.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, while currently sitting second in the league with 2.5 blocks per game. And this is all in just 26.8 minutes per game.
McGee's already had his share of highlight reel dunks this season, which is why he was selected to participate in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at February's All-Star Weekend. He also has a bit of a heritage to live up to, as his mother, Pamela McGee, played in the WNBA, making him the first son of a WNBA alum to play in the NBA.
Here's his latest highlight, an alley-oop throwdown off a feed from Nick Young, another nice story for Washington this season. Young has come out of seemingly nowhere to be the team's leading scorer.
What strikes me about this play is how McGee makes it look so effortless. He almost looks like he's just running through the motions on a pick-and-roll drill in practice. He took advantage of the Hornets' Aaron Gray paying him absolutely no mind, and did what any self respecting big man should do in that situation: made a beeline to the basket. Maybe this is why Gray is playing just 8.3 minutes per game.
I can hear Bill Walton in my head: "Throw it down, big man, throw it down!"