JaVale McGee is a professional basketball player who currently plays with the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association. Born in Flint, Michigan, the star who once expressed an interest in playing for the Philippine national team after being expelled from the US men’s national basketball team in 2010 is an NBA championship winner.
JaVale McGee was born on January 19, 1988, in Flint, Michigan, as JaVale Lindy McGee to Pamela McGee and George Montgomery. He attended more than one high school, particularly the Hales Franciscan High School in southern Chicago, Illinois, where he began to follow in his parents’ footsteps and play basketball.
After high school, McGee attended the University of Nevada, where he played in the Nevada Wolf Pack basketball program of the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference. His versatility meant that he could play either in front positions or in the middle, the position he was playing in. McGee played college basketball for two years, averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 setbacks per game while shooting 53% off the field and 33% out of the three-point range before deciding to bring his talents together.
JaVale McGee was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 18th overall prize in the first round of the 2008 NBA draft. From 2008 to 2012, he played with the team and completed a total of 255 regular-season appearances. His best year was the 2010/11 season, in which he played his most games, 79, started 75 and averaged 27.8 minutes per game. He was also selected to participate in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest and was the first wizard to do so.
McGee lost the final round of the Dunk contest to Blake Griffin but was comforted when he was quoted by Guinness World Records as the person who dips the most basketballs in a single jump. He did this by throwing three balls down and holding two on both hands, the third being thrown to him by teammate John Wall.
In March 2012, McGee was traded to the Denver Nuggets. Despite fewer appearances and fewer minutes than the Wizards, he had a chance to play in the playoffs for the first time in his career as Denver secured sixth place in the Western Conference this year. They were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round after seven games.
JaVale McGee played in Denver until February 2015, when he was traded against the Philadelphia 76s. His time in Philadelphia was very short as he was abandoned after only six appearances. He joined the Dallas Mavericks in August 2015. However, a stress fracture injury limited his appearances for the team, as he only played 34 regular-season games and 2 playoff games before he was abandoned again in July 2016.
JaVale McGee’s next team turned out to be the Golden State Warriors, losing the finalists the year before, but eventually the winners of the 2017 NBA Championship. He currently plays for the Warriors who are trying to win another championship.
JaVale McGee’s Net Worth
JaVale McGee is the tenth best-paid player on the Golden State Warriors list with an annual salary of $2,116,955. However, he has an estimated net worth of around $17 million, which has given him a lavish lifestyle that includes a Los Angeles villa and a fleet of luxury cars, including a Ferrari and a Range Rover.
Family – Mom, Father, Sister
JaVale McGee comes from a family of athletes. His mother, Pamela McGee, is a former WNBA star who played for the Los Angeles Sparks and the Sacramento Monarchs. Prior to her WNBA career, she and her twin sister Paula played college basketball at the University of Southern California, where they won two NCAA Division One championship. Pamela also has a gold medal from the 1984 Olympics to her name.
McGee’s biological father, George Montgomery, was also a professional basketball player who, although drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of the 1985 NBA draft, could never play for the team. He played professional basketball in Europe and South America for teams like ABC Nantes and Olimpia Venado Tuerto.
His half-sister Imani McGee-Stafford followed in the family’s footsteps and played professional basketball. She currently plays for the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA.
Wife or Girlfriend
JaVale McGee isn’t married. However, he is in a serious relationship with Giselle Ramirez, whom he met in 2015 when she worked as a real estate agent in Los Angeles. It is said that she was the person who represented the baller when he bought his current residence in LA. Together, the two have a daughter named Genevieve Grey McGee.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: JaVale Lindy McGee
Date of Birth: January 19, 1988
Place of Birth: Flint, Michigan
Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Weight: 122 kg (270 lbs)