Golden State Warriors re-sign Bogut



Former Golden State Warriors Center, Andrew Bogut, is set to rejoin the team in preparation for the Warriors upcoming playoff push.
Bogut last played with the Warriors in 2016. He spent four years with the team after being acquired by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2012. During his third year with Golden State, Bogut earned the title of NBA All-Defensive Second Team and was a huge contributing factor to Golden State’s Championship that year.
“He played an instrumental role in helping us become a championship caliber team,” Stephen Curry said in an interview with Warriors flagship radio station, 95.7 The Game about Bogut’s return.
Bogut is essentially an “insurance policy” while current Center Demarcus Cousins is still being integrated into the team while simultaneously recovering from a devastating Achilles injury he sustained last year while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans. Backup Center Damian Jones is also injured, with a torn left pectoral muscle.
At this time, Bogut has been cleared by his Australian team to join the Warriors. However, the matter of retrieving Bogut’s work visa still remains an issue.
During Bogut’s last year with the Warriors, he posted an average of 1.6 blocked shots per game, 2.3 assists, and 5.4 points per game.
More importantly, Bogut is used for his sheer size, standing at slightly over 7 feet. This will be critically helpful if the Warriors have to play against Steven Adams, who also stands at 7 feet, of the Oklahoma city Thunder or Rudy Gobert, who stands at 7 feet 1 inch, of the Utah Jazz.
Bogut brings the Warriors top-tier rim protection and a sense of physicality off the bench. Additionally, Bogut has great court vision and is known to be unselfish with the ball. Bogut fits the Warriors’ style of play, as the team knows from his first stint.
During Bogut’s four year tenure with the Warriors, he became well known for his thunderous alley-oop dunks that made the sellout crowds spring to their feet with elation.
Bogut was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2016 to make cap room for former NBA MVP Kevin Durant. Since that trade, the Warriors have won two NBA titles and Bogut has jumped from the Mavericks to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and back to Australia to play for the Sydney Kings.
Bogut provides a veteran leadership which simply cannot be coached. With the experience Bogut will bring to the young players and competition he will add to DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors should be firing at all cylinders by the start of the playoffs.