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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.