Andrew Bogut and the Golden State Warriors reportedly have mutual interest in signing a contract extension, and it is crucial for the Warriors’ future to get a deal done. Although Curry and Thompson have hogged the spotlight during Golden State’s run in the playoffs last year, their prosperity would not have been possible without the impact of the seven-foot-tall Australian. Bogut’s defensive presence is what ultimately exasperated the Spurs in the Western Conference Semi Finals, most notably Tim Duncan.
The Warriors big man made life very difficult for the Spurs’ future Hall-of-Famer. Duncan’s field goal percentage dropped from 50.2 in the regular season to 42.3 and he required 17.3 shot attempts to score 19.5 points per game. Bogut can surely be used instrumentally in establishing the defensive-minded approach of coach Mark Jackson, and it’s not like the Warriors can just whip out another decent center out of their pocket.
Prolific big men are a rare commodity in the NBA that should not be relinquished easily. The fact that Bogut is a center who knows his role, does the dirty work contently, and is void of the drama or whining for more touches on offense, unlike Dwight Howard (Warriors really dodged a bullet by not signing him this summer), makes Bogut’s services all the more desirable.
There is just one concern with the big man: health. Andrew has proven to be prone to injuries throughout his career, and it’s feasible that the Warriors may end up paying a load of money for a man to sit on the bench with an injured ankle, presuming they sign Bogut to an extension.
However, that is simply a risk that the front office will have to take. They took this risk by signing the injury-riddled Steph Curry to a four-year, $44 million extension last October, which saved them a ton of money. Consequently, Curry only missed three games last season and played lights out in the post-season. Had the Warriors waited to sign Curry after his extraordinary performance in the playoffs, they would’ve had to offer the point guard a much more lucrative deal.
If the Dubs are serious about contending for the next several seasons, signing Andrew Bogut should certainly be their top priority heading into the 2013-2014 season.