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Nevada alum JaVale McGee joins Team USA Olympic team, will aim for medal

JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee is joining Team USA for the Olympics. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Former Nevada basketball player JaVale McGee has been added to United States men's basketball Olympic team, per multiple reports.

The veteran big man has been a member of Team USA in previous international competitions and was a finalist for the team before being cut. Team USA recently lost Bradley Beal (COVID-19 reasons) and Kevin Love (calf injury recovering), opening a spot for McGee. Joining him on the roster is Keldon Johnson, a wing player on the San Antonio Spurs.

McGee was a member of the U.S. national basketball team from 2010-12 and played in a USA Basketball Showcase in 2009. He also participated in the 2019 USA Basketball minicamp. While McGee wasn't the biggest name of the available players for Team USA, his experience with the national team and positional fit as a 7-foot center was attractive.

One of 12 members of Team USA, McGee will be the first Wolf Pack alum to play in the Olympics in basketball. Nick Fazekas was a finalist for the Japanese national team for the Tokyo Games but was cut before making the 12-man roster.

McGee, a three-time NBA champion, just finished his 13th season in the NBA. McGee was traded from the Cavaliers to the Nuggets in the middle of the season. In 46 games (two starts), he averaged 7.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game while making 51.1 percent of his shots. In his career, the 33-year-old has averaged 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds on 57.1 percent shooting in 747 games. He won NBA titles with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018 and the Lakers in 2020.

McGee played for the Wolf Pack from 2006-08, averaging 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game as a sophomore before turning pro. He was the No. 18 pick of the 2008 NBA draft. McGee becomes the sixth local to qualify for the Olympics, which begin next week in Japan.

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