The Golden State Warriors’ exciting brand of basketball cannot be overstated. They have the ability to humiliate opponents with not only flashy passes and alley-oop jams, but also stupefying 3-point shooting performances displayed night in and night out, led by Steph Curry.
One key contributor to the Warriors’ success who may seemingly be forgotten in all of the hoopla is none other than the Australian big man, Andrew Bogut. This season, he is posting mediocre offensive numbers and averaging just 6.4 points per game.
However, because this particular basketball squad is loaded with high volume shooters, such as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee, Bogut doesn’t need to shoot the ball to be effective. In fact, Andrew Bogut is predominantly contributory to the team in other aspects of the game, such as rebounding, playing defense, setting screens and even passing. Consequently, Andrew is valuable to the Dubs and helped them reach their 8-3 record thus far. In just 25 minutes per game, the 7-foot tall center grabs eight rebounds, dishes out 2.4 assists and blocks 1.5 shots on average every night.
Having cognizance of the rare breed of a low-maintenance and high-skilled big man they possess in Bogut, the Warriors’ front office signed him to a three-year extension worth $36 million. Not too many elite centers in the league would be satisfied doing all of the dirty work without receiving a certain amount of touches on offense.
Take, for example, Dwight Howard. According to Mark Medina of the Long Beach Press Telegram, the big man was interested in bolting to Golden State after a catastrophic year with the Lakers. However, because of the fact that the Warriors are a jump-shooting team that has a tendency to hoist a plethora of 3-point shots, may have led Howard (who desires a featured role on offense) to feel disgruntled and sulk at teammates as he did in Los Angeles.
Andrew Bogut may not be the greatest center in the league, but he’s proving to be the perfect fit for this Golden State Warriors squad.