How Good Can Golden State Warriors Be with a Healthy Andrew Bogut?

January 29th, 2013 by Josh Benjamin Leave a reply »

Andrew Bogut has returned from his nagging ankle injury, giving the Golden State Warriors something they have lacked for years: a healthy and productive center. The young and feisty Warriors rank 21st in points allowed, compared to fourth in rebounding, and a solid inside presence with plenty of size and experience will hopefully help them improve in that area.

Fortunately, a healthy Bogut fits those criteria. He's 7'0" 260 pounds, has seven-plus years of NBA experience and holds career marks of 12.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

In his return against the Toronto Raptors on January 28, Bogut scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, pulled down eight rebounds and had four blocks over the span of 24 minutes.

Granted, the Warriors weren't absolutely desperate to have Bogut back in the lineup by any means. They are 3-2 in games in which he plays, but still posted a 24-15 record in games without him.

The Warriors' solid performance without Bogut can be attributed to multiple factors. Point guard Stephen Curry has fought through his balky ankle to have an All-Star caliber-season, and power forward David Lee h ...

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