​When LeBron James and Magic Johnson began constructing the roster for the 2018-19 NBA season, many of us laughed at the idea of them going after the Golden State Warriors with the likes of JaVale McGee, Lance Stephenson and Rajon Rondo. 

Now, nearly a quarter of the way through the season, those moves are beginning to make sense as the Lakers are gelling and currently sit in playoff contention with a 10-7 record. 

​James was a big proponent of adding McGee to their roster and he can now take some credit for what turned out to be a great signing. 

​​McGee has really turned his career around, going from a Shaqtin' a Fool star to being a champion, winning two ​NBA Finals with the Warriors. 

James cites McGee's energy as a rim protector and finisher, as well as his high basketball IQ for why the center is so crucial to the Lakers success.

​​McGee is playing over twice the minutes as he was last year in Golden State.

Due to these extended minutes and his ability to play alongside LeBron, ​McGee is in the midst of a career year, averaging 13.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.