Golden State Warriors 2012-2013 Player Profile: C Andris Biedrins
By Steven Resnick
It wasn’t that long ago whenGolden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins averaged a double-double and received a well deserved contract extensions, yet over the past three seasons he has struggled with injuries and his confidence. Before missing the last 19 games of the 2011-2012 season he averaged less than 20 minutes per game for the first time since 2005-2006 when he averaged 14.7 minutes.
When his confidence is going he’s an excellent finisher around the basket, one of the better passing big men in the league and is very good on the glass on both ends of the floor. He has struggled throughout his career from the free throw line and with foul trouble.
He is the backup to starter Andrew Bogut who is coming off an ankle injury that he suffered while a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Yet, with him in the lineup it provides Mark Jackson the opportunity to slow the pace of the game down and look to startthe offense in the post and that will benefit Biedrins too.
Over the years the Warriors offense has been to push and look for the first open shot available regardless of the shot clock and with the likes of Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, Stephen Curry, Jason Richardson, Al Harrington,Matt Barnes, C.J. Watson, Kelenna Azubuike and Anthony Morrow that fast paced style of play led to points, yet not many wins.
With Bogut in the lineup it means the Warriors will now get the opportunity to choose when to run and when to slow the pace down, which opens up the floor for the shooters in Curry, Klay Thompson, Brandon Rush, Harrison Barnes and Richard Jeffersondepending on who is on the floor.
That type of offense benefits Biedrins because the last time an effort to get the ball down into the post he responded with 28 points and 20 rebounds against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Expect him to get 20-24 minutes per game, 5-6 points, 8-9 rebounds, 1-2 blocks, on 55-58 percent shooting.