Now that's Gee
Alonzo Gee signed a 10-day contract with the Wizards on March 7, but was so quiet and unassuming that two days later, James Singleton still had no idea Gee was his teammate. Singleton looked across the locker room stunned and confused as he saw a nameplate that read, "Gee 24."
Singleton knew of JaVale McGee, who sat in the locker room stall next to him.
"I'm looking like who's Gee?" Singleton said. "I didn't know who Gee was."
Gee [pronounced like the letter "G"] is an undrafted 6-foot-6 rookie forward out of Alabama who started the season with the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League. He may still be a relative unknown to most Wizards fans, but he is quickly making an impression on Coach Flip Saunders and his staff with his hustle and athleticism. After watching Gee score a career-high 10 points with three rebounds in just 15 minutes in Monday's blowout loss to the Utah Jazz, Saunders said that more might be in store for Gee.
"He's been good. We have to play him some more, who knows, he might start tomorrow, I don't know," Saunders said. "We've got to play him. He's playing hard, he creates and he competes."
In just four appearances this season, Gee is averaging 6.3 points and 2.8 rebounds and shooting 64.3 percent from the floor in just under 10 minutes a game. His player efficiency rating is 28.39. Now, Gee is getting his numbers in garbage time, when the result has already been determined, so the statistics are tad off. But to put that PER number in some perspective, LeBron James is the only player in the NBA above 28.
"It's a great feeling. I always dreamed of playing in the NBA and I'm going to do whatever it takes to stay," said Gee, a native of Riviera Beach, Fla. "I think it's a great opportunity, we got a young team and we're building."
Gee has an interesting distinction of dunking for his first NBA points. He grabbed an offensive rebound and made a vertical leap for a two-handed dunk against the Hawks. He later wowed his teammates -- and some fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich. -- with an impressive driving, two-handed dunk against the Pistons. And, he was given NBA.com Dunk of the Night honors for his jam against the Orlando Magic last Saturday.
"That's what I do. I'm a fastbreak player. Athletic. Dunks," Gee said. "I just try to come with some energy, play hard and have fun."
Singleton definitely knows who he is now. "No one really knows what he can do, but from practicing with him and in the few games I've seen him so far, he's extremely explosive and he could be a sleeper," Singleton said. "He's a cool dude and he's real quiet. "
"We got a new player," Singleton said. "You got new faces coming in the whole time. I was a new face. When I came with the Clippers nobody knew who I was. Cuttino Mobley was like, 'You with us? You signed? I didn't know" But once you get in, you got to make people notice you. You can't go through the motions in this game, or you'll get embarrassed."
Gee certainly isn't going through the motions right now.
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