If there is one member of the Golden State Warriors who has something to prove, it's Andrew Bogut. After all, the team gave up a star and fan-favorite in Monta Ellis to get the seven-foot center. One might even think that the Warriors' "tanking" job in the latter half of the season was because of the acquisition of Bogut. Because he was injured and never suited up for a game, the Warriors had absolutely no size on the court, and without Ellis' scoring, had little to slim chance of winning.
But, if Bogut can stay healthy and do what was advertised of him, all of this will be forgotten. Some fans may not realize this, but for the first time since Robert Parish in the 1970s, the Warriors have a legitimate threat at the center position. (By the way, the Warriors traded Parish and their No. 3 pick in the 1980 NBA draft to the Celtics for the No. 1 and No. 13 picks, which turned into Joe Barry Carroll and Rickey Brown. With that No. 3 pick, Boston selected Hall of Famer Kevin McHale. Parrish and McHale went on to win three NBA championship with the Celtics. The Warriors? None.)
Anyway, enough with the torture that has victimized the Warriors year after year. For once, the 2012-13 season looks promising for the Warriors, but is contingent on Andrew Bogut producing at the center position. Here is a look at how Bogut will help the Warriors on both offense and defense: