JaVale McGee is a famous American professional Basketball player associated with the Golden State Warriors and has been making the rounds as one of the best centre players of the NBA. Drafted by the Washington Wizards as an 18th overall selection in the 2008 NBA draft, he came into the limelight in 2011 when he made the Guinness World Record by dunking 3 balls at once, finishing second to Blake Griffin.
McGee was born into a lineage of NBA stars, his mother was a WNBA champion as well as an Olympic gold medalist while his father was drafted by Portland Trail Blazers in 1985. He was part of the Golden State Warriors winning squad for the 2017 NBA Championship, with others as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, among others. He is a regular guest on the Inside the NBA’s basketball show where he is fondly called Tragic Bronson. Learn more about his bio, mom, wife, girlfriend, sister and other interesting facts below
JaVale McGee Bio
JaVale Lindy McGee was born to African-American parents on January 9, 1988. He grew up in Flint, Michigan where he studied at Providence Christian High School as well as Detroit Day School before completing his high school education at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. McGee started playing basketball from high school and while at the University of Nevada, he became the starting centre for the college team. He finished his college career averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. He also recorded 53% in field shootings and 33% from three-point range.
NBA Career and Stats
McGee was the 18th overall selection by the Washington Wizards in the 2008 NBA draft. He signed a two-year contract worth $2.4 million with the Wizards. He played as a starting centre for the Wizards from 2008 to 2012, averaging over 10 points and 8 rebounds per game. He came into the limelight in 2011 after participating in the dunk contest. Although McGee lost to Blake Griffin, he became the first player to use three balls to dunk at once. His name entered the Guinness World Record as the player with most basketballs dunked in a single jump.
He was traded alongside Ronny Turiaf to the Denver Nuggets in 2012. At Denver, McGee made a game-winning dunk for the Nuggets during his debut match and that earned him his first playoff appearance in the 2012 NBA playoffs. He also signed a four-year contract extension worth $44 million with the Nuggets. He underwent a surgery in February 2014 and returned to the court for the Nuggets in November 2014. The following year, JaVale McGee joined the Philadelphia 76ers, he was traded alongside Chukwudiebere Maduabum. After appearing in six games for 76ers, McGee was waived by the 76ers before he joined the Dallas Mavericks. Due to injuries and poor performances, he was also waived by the Mavericks in 2016 before he signed up with the Golden State Warriors the same year.
McGee made significant improvement and recorded his career best with the Warriors. He manned the Warriors centre while they defeated LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers to claim the 2017 NBA Championship. McGee finished the season, playing 77 out of 82 games, 16 out of 17 playoff games and also got a one-year contract extension with the Warriors.
JaVale McGee’s Parents (Mom, Father), Sister
McGee was born to the former basketball player George Montgomery and his wife Pamela McGee who was a 1984 Olympic gold medalist. His 6 feet 10 inches father was a second-round pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1985 NBA draft. Although he didn’t play for the Blazers, his mom, alongside her twin sister Paula is an all-round achiever in basketball. She played for popular teams including Los Angeles Sparks, Sacramento Monarchs and for the University of Southern California. Pamela won two NCAA Division One Championships in 1983 and 1984, as well as, two Michigan State Championships and an Olympic gold medal in 1984. She is the first WNBA player ever to be drafted and she also has a degree in Economics.
Following his mother’s exceptional basketball prowess, McGee and her younger sister Imani McGee-Stafford was able to trail the career path as their mother. While McGee is currently playing for the Golden State Warriors, Imani, on the other hand, is also an active WNBA player for the Atlanta Dream Team. She also played college basketball for Texas University. Imani was picked by Chicago Sky as the overall 10th selection in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) of 2016.
Who is His Wife, Girlfriend?
Taking a glimpse at his personal life, JaVale McGee has been successful in his career as well as his personal life. He has been in a relationship with a real estate agent named Giselle Ramirez. Their relationship has been blossoming and the love between them has continued to grow. Together, they have a daughter named Genevieve Grey McGee. Although the duo is having a wonderful relationship, they are not a couple yet.
Weight And Other Interesting Facts
1. JaVale McGee stands at 7 feet in height and weighs 114 kg.
2. He set a Guinness World Record by dunking 3 balls at a time in 2011.
3. His arm span of 7 feet 6.5 inches was the largest documented NBA arm span but Rudy Gobert, with an arm span of 7 feet 8.5 inches was drafted by the Nuggets in 2013 and took that title from him.
4. He became a full-time vegan in 2017.
5. McGee has a whopping net worth of $14 million and receives an annual salary of $1,471,382.