By Alex Moss on September 2, 2014
Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut was the difference-maker in last season’s playoffs series with the Los Angeles Clippers, but not in a positive way. Bogut suffered a gruesome rib injury just before the playoffs last season, largely destroying the Dubs’ playoffs hopes before the postseason had even started. In order to have a rebound season and help the Warriors contend this season, here are five things Bogut needs to improve.
Andrew Bogut has never been an even average free throw shooter, but the Aussie really stunk it up at the line last season. Bogut shot about 34 percent from the line this past season, way down from his career average of 56 percent. Furthermore, Bogut only averaged one free throw attempt per game last season, which may be an effect of his diminished confidence at the line.
On the other end of the court, Bogut’s foul rate on defense has crept up slightly the past few seasons. Last season, Bogut averaged above four fouls per 36 minutes. While this may seem like a minute point, as Bogut averages only 26 minutes per game and thus rarely gets into foul trouble, it will become pertinent during the playoffs when Bogut will be expected to play over 30 minutes in games with greater defensive intensity.
Bogut has long been known as a gifted passer in the low post, and he has earned that reputation with his ability to facilitate offense. However, Bogut has become less involved in the offense the past few seasons, and as a result, he has come to pass out of the post less often. However, under Kerr’s new, fluid offense, the Warriors would be at their best utilizing Bogut’s passing abilities.
As mentioned in the previous slide, Bogut has become less and less integral in the Warriors’ offense the past few seasons, leaving most offensive possessions to David Lee. Bogut is a talented offensive player capable of much more than offensive put-backs, and drawing up plays for Bogut would add depth to an already potent Warriors offense.
Bogut actually was relatively healthy last season, playing over 65 games for the first time since 2010; however, Bogut went down for the season just when the Warriors needed him most. As a result, the Warriors rarely play Bogut more than 30 minutes a game; even just five more minutes of Bogut each night could swing a few games and make a big difference in the competitive Western Conference.
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