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What JaVale McGee could do to ‘improve dramatically’ for the Warriors

We’re all happy that JaVale McGee is returning to the Warriors, but Coach Nick of BBallBreakdown suggests he could be even more effective this coming season.

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By re-signing JaVale McGee, the Golden State Warriors will have the majority of their 2017 championship roster returning for the 2017-18 NBA season.

That alone is exciting. Yet Coach Nick of BBallBreakdown described in a video published just yesterday how McGee could possibly be even more effective by making a few adjustments to his game.

A quick summary of the points Coach Nick brought up:

  • McGee’s posture on defense could lead to him being off-balance at times — he hunches over as he’s getting set up on defense (Coach Nick suggests strengthening his core to correct this issue)
  • McGee tends to hop instead of slide when he rotates on defense.
  • McGee is sometimes late to react/rotate on defense, which leads to exacerbating dribble penetration.
  • McGee reaches on ball handlers who he probably shouldn’t be trying to steal the ball from too often.
  • His defensive footwork limits the impact of his athleticism at times.
  • Offensively, he has a tendency to turn the wrong way on pick-and-rolls.

Take a look at the full video below.

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