Thanks to his 7-foot height and unparalleled 7-foot 6.5 inch arm span, which is one of longest ever documented in the NBA, JaVale’s game is designed to protect the basket from any short to mid-range attack. Adaptable to any circumstance, his physique allows him to cover more ground and move easily to defend opponents. This serves to make him a tremendously versatile center.
Before his NBA carreer, Javale’s high level of play was on display at the University of Nevada, Reno, where in two seasons he averaged 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. He’s ranked as the fourth best shot-blocker in the history of the Wolf Pack.
Now with the Denver Nuggets, JaVale’s game continues to evolve as he develops his skills in every facet of the game. One of JaVale’s best performances came in the third game of the 2012 playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers. He led his team to a win, racking up 16 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. That season, he also earned a nomination for the Sixth Man Award in recognition of his support of his team on and off the court.
As an up-and-coming NBA star, JaVale had the opportunity to prove his incredible dunking skills in the 2011 Slam Dunk Tournament. In an early round of competition, he amazed the crowd by dunking on two separate baskets simultaneously. His unquestionable skill and high level of creativity would eventually send him to the finals. Although he finished in second place, his ability to dunk three balls on the same jump put him in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Hall of Famer, Hakeem Olajuwon, described JaVale’s game this way: “The moves that we work on are not for a stiff big guy. With him, he’s agile. The move flows. So I’m excited to see what he’s going to do this year. “