2018-19 LA Lakers roster: JaVale McGee player profile

With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center. 

The Lakers added a host of capable veterans during the offseason, and center JaVale McGee was one of the surprise signings. A member of the Golden State Warriors team that won the 2018 NBA championship, McGee will likely start for Luke Walton and the Lakers next season.

While his minutes will largely depend on matchups, McGee brings a lot to the table. For starters, he is incredibly athletic for a traditional center. His footspeed allows him to guard both the perimeter and interior. Secondly, he’s a top finisher. His efficiency on offense generally results from lobs and dunks–something that will happen frequently playing with LeBron James and Rajon Rondo–but he knows the extent of his offensive skillset.

McGee’s ability to defend in space and run the floor will help make the Lakers a far more reliable defensive unit than a season ago. His presence is not necessarily mitigated by small-ball lineups, as he proved to be an effective defender against Kevin Love during the NBA Finals.

The NBA veteran joins the team on a one-year contract, where he will be motivated to earn his next payday. He will also receive the benefits of playing alongside LeBron, which should boost his numbers.

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