What Andrew Bogut Will Bring Back to Golden State
The Golden State Warriors are looking to add depth to their star-studded roster, as they are likely to sign former big man Andrew Bogut from the Sydney Kings. The deal will be signed after Bogut receives a letter of clearance from his current team.
At the moment, the Warriors' roster only contains two centers: DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Jones. Since the injury to Jones early in the season, and the fact that Cousins has only played in games since January 18th, the Dubs have struggled at times to compete against teams with dominant big men.
However, they will be hoping that this will soon change, as they are set to bring in Andrew Bogut as they get ready to compete for their third championship in as many years.
Bogut, 34, won a championship with Golden State in the 2014-15 season, and was named the MVP and DPOY of Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) this year.
The former number one pick drew interest from multiple teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.
Bogut featured in 30 games for the Sydney Kings this season, averaging 29.7 minutes per game as well as 11.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 blocks per game. All of this while shooting 56% from the floor too.
The 7-foot center last played in the NBA during the 2017-18 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played 23 games. Throughout his career, his impact was primarily felt as a rebounder and on the defensive end of the floor.
Bogut will likely step in as the backup center behind Boogie Cousins, which could alter the playing time of other players who have been used in that position, such as Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell.
While the Warriors are currently the best shot blocking team in the league, they rank ninth on the rebounding list. Both Bogut and the Dubs will be hoping that he can bring his fine form from the Australian NBL into the NBA at such a crucial time with the start of the playoffs only a few weeks away.
If Bogut can help tidy up the Warriors occasional sloppiness on the defensive end, as well as adding a few more blocked shots, he could certainly be a large contributing factor to the Dubs becoming only the fourth team in NBA history to successfully threepeat.
Stats correct as of March 5th, 2019.