If the Golden State Warriors are going to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07 they must get top-notch production from Andrew Bogut who has played in only 10 games this season.
Now, the Warriors have been able to win regular season games without Bogut as they lead the league in three-point shooting percentage at 39 percent. Make no mistake the Warriors will not win an NBA playoff series without a post presence like Bogut down low.
Golden State is paying Bogut $27,350,000 over the next two seasons and he needs to recapture what he did with the Milwaukee Bucks for his first seven seasons. While with Milwaukee he led the league in blocks and averaged a double-double in three of those seven seasons. Alongside a decent supporting cast with the Bucks he was never able to put the Bucks over the top like the club hoped he would when they drafted Bogut first overall in 2005.
The Warriors have the talent to make a postseason run in 2013 and at 30-22 they are heading into the All-Star break as the sixth seed in the Western Conference. Stephen Curry and David Lee are the teams leaders, however, Bogut has to be a driving force in order for them to compete while in the playoffs.
Without Bogut the Warriors will get manhandled by teams like the San Antonio Spurs and even the Memphis Grizzlies who both posses a lethal post-game presence. Perhaps a good sign was Tuesday Night when Bogut snagged 12 rebounds which is his highest total since Jan. 23 of last season.