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

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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.