Golden State Warriors: 5 Ways to Make the Andrew Bogut Trade Work in 2012-13
Jackson was quickly traded to the San Antonio Spurs, and Bogut is out for the year with a fractured ankle. The trade was definitely a huge risk, especially due to the fans' love for the high-scoring Ellis.
When Bogut is healthy, he is one of the best centers in the league, and exactly what Golden State needs. The trade could work out greatly for the Warriors, but making it work is up to them.
Sit Stephen Curry This Season
Stephen Curry has been plagued all season by a lingering right ankle injury that he had surgery on in the offseason.
The injury has limited Curry to only 26 games played and a career-worst season. Curry is averaging career-lows with 14.7 points and 5.3 assists per game. It's clear that the injury has hurt Curry all season, and he has not played since March 11th.
When healthy, Curry is one of the best young guards in the league. He can be a lethal shooter and is becoming a better point guard. If Curry and Bogut were both healthy, the Warriors could have a dangerous high-low combination.
There is simply no need for Curry to play at all the rest of this season. Golden State is in the 13th spot in the Western Conference standings, and the playoffs will not be in their future this season. There is no need to increase the risk of injury for Curry if the team is not going to make the playoffs.
The biggest reason that the Warriors need to sit Curry is to secure a high first-round draft pick. If they finish in the bottom seven of the league, the Warriors will retain their draft pick that currently belongs to the Utah Jazz. If they do not, the Warriors will draft in the bottom of the first round, in place of the San Antonio Spurs, a result of the Richard Jefferson trade.
If the Warriors finish in the bottom seven, they can pick a potential star in the draft. The Warriors could select Harrison Barnes, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Terrence Jones to be their future small forward. Drafting one of those players could give the Warriors a very talented offense.
Develop Jeremy Tyler
Jeremy Tyler has had a rough rookie season, but there is no denying the young center has loads of potential.
Tyler had a very unconventional road to the NBA. Tyler was a star at San Diego High School before he left after his junior year, when he averaged 28.7 points per game. Tyler decided to skip his senior year and not attend the University of Louisville, instead playing in Israel, where he found little success. Then he played in Tokyo, Japan and averaged 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in just over 15 minutes per game.
It's clear that Tyler has made some questionable decisions in his past. Many believe if he finished high school and played in college, he could have eventually been a lottery pick in the draft.
Though he has not had the most conventional career so far, Tyler certainly has potential. This year, Tyler has played in 27 games and is only averaging 2.4 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. However, Tyler played five games in the D-League and averaged 15.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in 28.8 minutes per game.
Tyler is still only 20 years old and is 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds. The Warriors must continue to develop Tyler as he could be a solid backup to Bogut and continue to improve.
Develop Klay Thompson
Warriors fans were a little puzzled when Golden State selected Klay Thompson with their first-round draft pick in 2011.
The team already had Monta Ellis as their shooting guard, so why would they choose shooting guard Klay Thompson? Well, that question was answered when Ellis was traded to Milwaukee.
Golden State clearly sees a lot in Thompson. The rookie can already shoot with the best of them. In 51 games played, Thompson is averaging 21.5 minutes and 10.7 points per game. Most impressively, Thompson is shooting 42.1 percent from three-point range.
The Warriors are going to have to develop Thompson in order for fans to forgive them for getting rid of Ellis. Thompson can shoot, but he needs to learn how to play defense and be a more complete player.
Bring Back Nate Robinson Next Season
Nate Robinson has been a solid and exciting replacement for Stephen Curry for Golden State.
Dynamite comes in small packages, and Robinson is ready to explode on any given night. Whenever Oracle Arena needs a boost, Robinson is there to solve the problem.
Not only is Robinson an exciting player, he is productive, too. The veteran guard is averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 assists assists per game this season.
With Curry being injury prone, the Warriors need a solid backup guard. Robinson is a free agent after this season, and the Warriors should bring him back next season. Robinson will bring production and energy to Golden State every time he's on the floor.
No 2012 Olympics for Bogut
The Golden State Warriors cannot let Andrew Bogut play in the 2012 Olympics this summer for the Australian national team.
Bogut would love to play for his country, but it's not worth it. Bogut has shown interest in making a comeback for the 2012 Summer Olympics but understands he must be smart. He told the San Francisco Chronicle, "It's one of the greatest things you can be involved with in our sport, but I've got to think about this franchise and what they've invested in me."
Luckily, Bogut won't be missing much. Representing his country would be great, but he won't be missing out on a championship, as Team USA won't be denied.
The Warriors need Bogut to be at full health next year. The major trade that involved Bogut and Ellis could be a win for the Warriors, but only if Bogut is healthy. If healthy, the Warriors could be a dangerous team next season and Bogut can't risk anything by playing in the Olympics.