Phoenix Suns: 3 Things JaVale McGee Brings to the Table

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JaVale McGee’s experience can help out Ayton

Even though he carried the reputation of a clown for much of his career, McGee still carries over a decade of NBA experience from a center ‘s perspective with him to Phoenix.

Chris Paul already helped nurture and develop Deandre Ayton better than anyone could have imagined last year, but as a point guard, he knows only so much about playing center. But McGee does, making him a welcome voice for Ayton to have whispering in his ear.

Before McGee, the closest thing to a mentor Ayton ever found at his position was Tyson Chandler, but that only last seven games. The only other bigs to play behind him with extensive experience include Quincy Acy and Aron Baynes—who were both already worse than Ayton even when he first came into the league as a rookie.

Although McGee somewhat falls into the this class as well with Ayton’s game several tiers above his at this point, McGee was once seen as a top five NBA big man earlier during his career. At the very least, he can help Ayton navigate his way through his increasing stardom.

Jalen Smith stuck with Phoenix’s G-League team almost the entire season last year, but most expect his role to increase next season if not moved this summer. The same goes for him in regard to McGee’s mentorship, hopefully encouraging him to finally find his footing as an NBA player.