Golden State Warriors: Andrew Bogut’s Health Critical to Team’s Championship Aspirations

 

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The 2012 Golden State Warriors were pretty special. They were the closest thing the NBA had to a Cinderella-type team throughout the regular season and postseason. It’s been a while since we could say the Warriors had a good team, but going into the 2013 season, we could be elevating that status to great.

Saying the Warriors are having a successful offseason would be an understatement. While getting rid of three horrendous contracts, they managed to land one of the premier free agents of the summer in Andre Iguodala as well as bringing in Jermaine O’Neal, Toney Douglas and Marreese Speights.

The team is poised for a great season at the moment, but there is one major issue that could become a problem for Golden State.

Andrew Bogut only played in 32 regular season games last year and, again, failed to stay healthy for another season in a career full of disappointing injuries. When Bogut is healthy, he can be a top-10 big man in the game without question.

In 2013, his health is going to be a major factor in determining whether or not the Warriors are contenders. Bogut averages 12.2 points on 52 percent shooting and over nine rebounds for his career to go along with 1.6 blocks.

Therefore, if he can manage to stay in the lineup next year he could deliver quite a bit of needed post play.

After all, the Warriors are headlined by the ‘best shooting back court in the NBA’ as deemed by their head coach Mark Jackson. With the addition of Iguodala, they have an impressive lineup across the perimeter. The biggest issue now will be not only the health of their bigs Bogut and David Lee, but the performance.

We know that when healthy, both of these guys are consistent in the paint both offensively and defensively — especially Bogut. Thus, with so much offensive prowess, the team will greatly depend on Bogut to stay in the lineup to take their post presence on the defensive end up a notch.

If the Warriors see 60 or more games from Bogut in the regular season and the ability to play healthy in the playoffs next year, there’s no reason why they won’t be able to make their way to the Finals.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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