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Introducing JaVale McGee

To hear 7-foot JaVale McGee tell it, there was no doubt that he was going to be a Wizard when it came time for the 18th pick to be made.

"I knew they were going to take me," McGee said. "They were constantly talking to me, constantly trying to get me to workout for them and constantly in contact with me."

McGee's best skill appears to be shot blocking. He rejected 2.8 blocks last season (14th in the country and dropped this great quote when I asked him about that particular part of his game.
"If I were in a video game right now, shotblocking would be a 90."

As McGee said, he did not work out for the Wizards but he chalked that up to rough scheduling. (Translation: his agent didn't want him working out for the Wizards - at least that's my guess. I'll find out more.)

The Wizards took McGee one pick after Roy Hibbert went to Toronto, who will send the pick to Indiana.

Asked whether Hibbert would have been a possibility at 18, Ernie Grunfeld answered: "Yes."

Grunfeld said the decision to take McGee was all about following the board: "We rank our players through a four, five, six week process and when it comes time to pick, we look at our board and take the highest-ranked player."

Grunfeld said the Wizards were close to making some moves up and down but nothing came together.

More later.

By Ivan Carter  |  June 26, 2008; 9:55 PM ET
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