Andris Biedrins of the Golden State Warriors Ready To Take the Next Step

October 3rd, 2010 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »
For Warriors fans, the old Biedrins would suit this new squad just fine. Well, part of the old Biedrins at least.

For better or worse, this will be a season of change for the Warriors' big man. Gone are the coach who he constantly battled with, his dreadful free-throw form, his trademark spiky hair, and even his moniker, "Goose." In are a coach with whom he shares a great relationship, a new shot from the charity stripe with no hitch in the middle, a short hairstyle, and the new moniker, "Dre."

Prior to last season—a lost effort due to injuries and, ultimately, abdominal surgery—Dre had strung together three productive seasons, showing why the Warriors invested the 11th pick in the 2004 draft in him.

After playing limited minutes in his first two seasons, Biedrins got a chance to prove what he had in 2006-07, delivering to the tune of 9.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. Biderins upped those totals to 10.5 points and 9.8 rebounds and an incredible—and league-leading—62.6 field-goal percentage. The 2008-09 campaign showed more improvements, with career highs of 11.9 points and 11.2 blocks.

At his best, Biedrins is a double- ...

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