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George Karl Compares JaVale McGee To Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl compared his newly acquired center JaVale McGee to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, according to the Denver Post.

"(McGee’s) length is very impressive. He's long," Karl said. "I think he plays a little bit like Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar), but he's a defensive Kareem more than an offensive Kareem. He's not going to be a power player, but he's going to be an athletic-length-long player.”

McGee was recently traded to the Denver Nuggets by the Washington Wizards for power forward Nene. Washington’s front office had grown frustrated with McGee’s on-the-court antics which at times distracted from the team.

Through 41 games this season, McGee, 24, is averaging 11.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per contest.

At the same age, Abdul-Jabbar averaged 34.8 points and 16.6 rebounds per game. Over the course of his career he averaged 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per contest.