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Video: JaVale McGee displays his peerless court awareness

Eric Freeman
Ball Don't Lie

Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee has a deserved reputation for being a bit of a space cadet. That goes for his behavior both on the court and off it: He has an alter ego named "Pierre," who barely differs from the real person, once spent a good amount of a fourth quarter aiming for the NBA's most unimpressive triple-double and just a few weeks ago got benched for throwing an alley-oop to himself while on the wrong side of a blowout. That's just the kind of player he is.

On Monday night, McGee proved that he can be absentminded even when he shows considerable effort. Early in the third quarter of Washington's 111-108 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors, McGee attempted a running hook shot. When he saw it missed, he sprinted back up the court to get back on defense like a good teammate. Unfortunately, the Wizards still had the ball, so he had to hurry back into the frontcourt to make it a five-on-five game again. Then, like the icing on a stale cake, he asked for an alley-oop that John Wall couldn't throw with any accuracy. You can check out a GIF of the ordeal here, courtesy of @JohnCTownsend.

Still, JaVale tried, and that's worth something. Now all he has to do is figure out how to be effective.

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