When the Golden State Warriors traded for center Andrew Bogut of the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2011-2012 season it didn’t go over well with fans as it meant parting ways with shooting guard Monta Ellis. A few days after the trade Chris Mullin had his no.17 jersey retired and when owner Joe Lacob went to speak he got booed mercilessly.
At the time the fans were upset that the team had traded its best player for someone who wouldn’t even contribute as he was recovering from injury and it meant giving up on a playoff push, which is why the fans were booing.
Bogut now is continuing to rehab from his ankle injury and will likely miss some preseason games and expects he’ll be ready at the start of the regular season. His career averages with the Bucks were 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 blocks on 52.2 percent shooting and 57.4 percent from the free throw line.
He is teamed up with some of the best three-point shooters in the NBA in Stephen Curry, Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson. Rookie Harrison Barnes out of the University of North Carolina also will knock down threes, so that gives him the opportunity to get looks in the paint and make his mark on the offensive glass.
Another option the Warriors can use offensively is power forward David Lee in the high post feeding Bogut down low and when doubled teamed he can pass the ball back out to Lee to hit jumpers from 15-18 feet out.
Defensively he provides shot blocking and will help out on the defensive glass, which is something the Warriors have lacked for years.
If Bogut is healthy what are the realistic expectations for him? With the offensive weapons around him expect him to have a season of 14-16 points per game, 9-11 rebounds, 2-4 assists, 2-3 blocks, on 52-54 percent shooting and 59-60 percent from the free throw line.