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.