It seems as though playing alongside Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson has rubbed off on Golden State Warriors center Javale McGee.
McGee, who signed a one-year veteran’s minimum deal to stay with the Warriors earlier this offseason, has apparently been trying to expand his offensive game in the hopes of earning more playing time.
Posting a video of his new and refined three-point stroke on Twitter, the 7-foot, 270-pound athlete drilled an impressive amount of shots from the corner.
Keep in mind that McGee has gone 1-for-9 over 493 regular-season games over nine NBA seasons, with his lone conversion coming in the 2012-2013 campaign as a member of the Denver Nuggets.
Close your eyes and envision McGee catching a pass, spotting up and drilling multiple shots in a row. Did it look something like this?
Probably not. McGee is a lifetime 55.4 percent shooter, with most of his offensive game coming at or above the rim. Additionally, he has never been regarded as a reliable free throw shooter, knocking down 599-of-1042 attempts at the charity stripe (57.5 percent) over the course of his career.
But, despite that, his form looked solid and he certainly looked like a natural in the video that he posted.
Despite the fact that McGee was a key member of Golden State’s rotation last season, averaging 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game during 77 regular-season games (10 starts) and 5.9 points and 3.0 boards in 9.3 minutes over 16 playoff games (one start), there is no guarantee that he will see any significant playing time in the upcoming season.
Not only did Golden State bring back incumbent starter Zaza Pachulia, but they also drafted 6’8” Jordan Bell out of the University of Oregon as well as his collegiate teammate Chris Boucher, who stands in at 6’10” with a versatile skill set. The team also acquired 22-year-old 7-footer Damian Jones, thus creating a giant question mark over which players will earn playing time at the center position (when the team strays away from a small-ball lineup).
It seems as though McGee is aware of his competition, as he has been looking to add a surprising, yet valuable asset to his offensive skill set this summer. In late July, McGee posted the following video of him showing off some impressive shooting touch:
It remains to be seen if Steve Kerr and the coaching staff allow him to unleash his newfound long-range capability. In limited minutes last season, McGee was able to infuse a combination of production and energy to the championship-winning club. Therefore, at least to start the season, he might have a slight edge to get on the floor over his competition.