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Bogut's presence under the basket should help the Dubs shoot more free throws.
The Dubs finished second to last in free-throw attempts last year. Was that partially caused by the team mailing it in the second half of the season? No.
The Dubs actually improved on the 2010-11 season by not finishing dead last. The reason for the lack of free-throw attempts was that the Dubs didn’t have a featured big man in the middle.
The Dubs now have a big man? Well, that information is still sinking in for Warriors fans, as the only glimpse of the legitimate center, Andrew Bogut, has been with him wearing street clothes. Bogut’s ankle is healing on schedule and he should be ready for the start of the regular season.
With Bogut and Lee banging inside and having the ability to pass the ball, the Warriors should increase their free-throw attempts significantly since they will finally have a presence in the paint.
Curry, Thompson and Barnes can all drive to the basket with their newfound freedom, and that should result in more fouls against opponents. With more trips to the charity stripe, the Dubs should increase their scoring, especially in crunch time.
If the Dubs follow these five critical keys, the team will continue to develop and should do some damage come playoff time.