Andrew Bogut almost single-handedly changed the identity of the Golden State Warriors once he was healthy enough to play again. The transition into the starting line-up went smoothly as he began to mesh with the team well, but one thing was troubling: Bogut’s offensive deficiencies.
Bogut was a solid offensive option during his time with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he hit a career-high of 15.9 points per game at 52% from the field in the 2010 season.
This year was his worst all across the board in terms of points and field goal percentage (5.8 and 45%, respectively).
One thing I noticed that was different for Bogut this year was the number of shots he took. The big man from Australia only took about six shots per game this year, which isn’t bad at all if he’s essentially the fifth option on the floor at all times.
But when looking at the eye test, Bogut did seem rusty while backing down opposing centers. His hook shot was off most of the time and he couldn’t seem to finish after executing a post move. Most of Bogut’s points came off wide-open dunks, but if he could re-establish his post game, the Warriors could become an even bigger offensive threat with scorers at all five positions.
Even if Bogut doesn’t regain his old offensive skill-set, he could still be valuable. Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks still manages to get 10 points per game even though he is offensively limited as well. He still sets strong picks and shoots over 60% from field.
Bogut could be an effective finisher and can also get offensive rebounds and get score easy put-backs just like Chandler does. Bogut did show that he did have some athleticism about him with this dunk on Javale McGee. That athleticism and his strength will make tough to stop once he gets in the air with the ball in his hands.
No matter what happens with Bogut, Dubs fans have no need to worry.