October 17, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) on the bench against the Sacramento Kings during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Are the Warriors Better Off Without Andrew Bogut?

It may just be an unfortunate coincidence that the Warriors have dropped six in a row, right after Andrew Bogut’s return. It may not be, however.

Has Bogut really helped the Warriors in the areas that they needed help in? Other teams are still getting many offensive rebounds, dominating the paint, and keeping the Warriors to the perimeter.

With Andrew Bogut being a defensive player, an area which the Warriors have always been weak in, one would think that the return of a 7’1 Australian would really get the Warriors out of some trouble, even though they weren’t really experiencing trouble.

Before dropping six straight, the Warriors had won four in a row and were on their way to the fifth seed in the West, maybe even the fourth. Now, it seems impossible that they will even get the fifth.

Since Bogut has returned, the Warriors’ defense is going down, down, down. Their productivity has decreased, and David Lee has also stopped scoring above 20 PPG, and has dropped to an average of 19.0 PPG on the season. Many are worried that the backcourt isn’t functioning, but the frontcourt isn’t going so well right now. The two best defensive players are not playing well together.

Bogut said that the Warriors’ defense was terrible, and yes, he is right, but ever since he came back, the Warriors are looking like they’re in some trouble.

I’m not saying it’s time to go into panic mode, but something has to be done about this. The Warriors need to analyze what’s wrong and fix the problem. Bogut’s rebounds, blocks, and points need to go up: he needs to be the center that the Warriors have dreamed of having since Andris Biedrins dropped off the radar.


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