JaVale McGee was born January 19, 1988 in Flint, Michigan.
Flint Michigan is a basketball town and this baby was born to play. At 23 inches long, 11 pounds and 11 ounces, McGee was one of the biggest babies in the hospital. Nurses from every floor came down to see this big basketball baby, from a basketball family. His mother, Pamela McGee was an All-American basketball player at USC. and an Olympic Gold Medalist in women’s basketball. JaVale grew up watching his mother play professional basketball overseas and in the WNBA. Pamela McGee also coached in the WNBA and won a WNBA world championship as a WNBA coach. His father, George Montgomery, played collegiately at the University of Illinois and was a 2nd round pick for the Portland Trail Blazers. JaVale McGee spent much of his teenage years in Michigan where he attended basketball mecca Detroit County Day, where Chris Webber and Shawn Battia attended. JaVale moved to Chicago his senior year of high school and graduated with honors earning a 4.5 GPA from Hales Franciscan High School.
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.
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”. 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
Currently, JaVale McGee is a defensive threat for the Denver Nuggets; he averages 10 points 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 19 minutes of play. He continues to amaze fans with his athletic prowess and astonishing dunks.
JaVale McGee loves giving back to inner city youth. He sponsors boys and girl’s basketball programs across the country. The JaVale McGee’s Children’s Portfolio Fund sponsors the “Do the Right Thing,” all-star basketball program. Inner city youth travel to competitive tournaments across the country. While traveling teams tour museums, courts, colleges and other culturally enriching landmarks, student-athletes must maintain a high GPA. “My goal is to develop and help 100 teams across the country and give young men what basketball has given me,”
- JaVale McGee
In 2011, (JMCPF) JaVale McGee’s Children’s Portfolio Fund launched the annual JaVale McGee turkey give away in San Bernardino, California. The Boys and Girl’s Club of San Bernardino feed over 1000 families and dozens of disabled veterans at Thanksgiving, thanks to McGee’s philanthropy.
JaVale enjoys Cinematography and aspires to produce movies and beats for the hip hop industry. During his spare time he enjoys producing shorts and tracks. He owns Pierre Entertainment LLC, based in Los Angeles that creates movie shorts, and different development projects.
JaVale McGee enjoys entertaining fans and children alike, on and off the court. His love for basketball is often displayed in his phenomenal dunks and freakish blocked shots. Off the court he uses his basketball skills to bring goodwill to the world. He is an astute businessman and continues to give back. From the nurses who gasped in the hospital, to the Nugget fans who cheer when he dunks, Javale McGee proudly carries on the McGee Basketball Dynasty.