Leading up to the Golden State Warriors’ training camp, there was a lot of chatter regarding Andrew Bogut and his health heading into the 2013-2014 NBA season. For the first time since being traded to the Warriors, Bogut was healthy coming into training camp. Through Golden State’s first three preseason games, the benefits of having a healthy Bogut have been apparent.
Looking purely at the numbers, Bogut hasn’t been incredibly productive except in terms of his rebounding, which has been phenomenal. Through the three games, Bogut has averaged five points, 8.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in just over 20 minutes per game while shooting only a combine 6-19 from the floor. That doesn’t even come close to telling the whole story, though.
The first thing that stands out about Bogut thus far in the preseason is how in shape he is. When he finally was able to take the floor for the Warriors last season, it was clear he wasn’t in game-shape and arguably didn’t get there until it was time for the postseason. As of right now, he looks to be in the best shape that we’ve seen him in quite some time. For a team like Golden State that wants to get up and down with quickness, having Bogut able to run the floor because of his conditioning is huge.
More than just his conditioning, though, Bogut has demanded so much attention from opponents. He has the ability to affect the game with his scoring, his passing, his rebounding and with his defense. Because of that, opponents have to always keep an eye or body on him on both ends of the floor, which is huge for what the Warriors are trying to do.
As Bogut enters the last year of his contract, he seems poised to have one of the best seasons of his career. If he can maintain this level of conditioning and put up the numbers he’s capable of in this Golden State style of play, he’s going to earn himself a hefty contract next summer.
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