The Golden State Warriors made a big decision when they decided to deal former guard Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut. Although Bogut has plenty of upside at seven foot he has played in just 17 games in these last two seasons combined.
Bogut failed to stay healthy for an entire NBA season again in 2013 as he went down with microfracture ankle surgery earlier in November. At 28-17 the Warriors have fared perfectly fine without Bogut, but will improve upon their sixth seed with him back in the lineup.
With the Bucks he was an absolute force on both offense and defense as he led the league in blocks per game in 2010-11 with 2.6 a contest. That is what I believe the Warriors will enjoy the most as Bogut returns because they have all of the offense in the world with Stephen Curry, David Lee and Klay Thompson all scorching the net in 2013.
Curry is one of the teams leaders and he called Bogut a “big boost” as the team was victorious in his return Monday Night versus the Toronto Raptors. If he can put up the 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks that he did in that game the Warriors will be very scary come playoff time–Bogut brings a new dimension to the offense with his pick and roll ability.
I have high hopes for Bogut the rest of the season and if he can stay healthy he will be apart of a team that will reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07.