The Warriors have desperately sought out a center all season after coming up short signing Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan in December and watching Kwame Brown’s season end early with a pectoral injury.
However, pursuing Bogut might not be in the best interest for Golden State. Bogut’s defensive prowess in the middle might be ideally what Warriors head coach Mark Jackson wants in a center, but Bogut’s injury history and asking price should deter the Warriors from making any deal for him.
After his selection in 2005, Bogut appeared in all 82 regular season games as a rookie. Since then, Bogut has appeared in more than 70 games just once and seems like an injury report regular whenever his name is comes up in news.
Bogut’s most notable malady, and one that every team should consider before dealing for him, was a gruesome elbow injury that forced him to miss thirteen games in 2010, including the entire postseason.
Bogut seemingly hasn’t fully recovered from this injury, as his shooting percentages have noticeably diminished since 2010. He shot 49 percent from the floor and 44 percent from the free-throw line in 2010-11 and just 45 percent in 2011-12 after posting a 52 percent FGP and 62 percent from the charity stripe prior to the injury in 2009-10.
Poor shooting just doesn’t mesh well with a Golden State offense predicated on pick and roll and mid-range catch and shoot opportunities. Bogut is more of a one-on-one physical low post scorer, and while it wouldn’t be that horrid an idea to integrate the center, he doesn’t move well enough off the ball to effectively gel into the Warriors system. The fact that Bogut is coming off an ankle injury doesn’t help him much either.
Despite his injury woes, Bogut’s world-class defensive talents and size make him a prized asset worth acquiring. In turn, Milwaukee will certainly try to rob any team wishing to deal for him blind. Golden State would likely need to give up one of their stars, (Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis or David Lee) if they wish to deal for the injured center. Trading away a key starter at the deadline like Ellis, Lee or Curry for a player who possibly won’t be able to suit up until next season would be inherently foolish.
If the Warriors are to make a push for Bogut, they should wait until the summer. There are plenty of other able-bodied centers available at the deadline capable of providing Golden State the defensive boost they need.