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Andrew Bogut in Milwaukee's April game against the Miami Heat.
Trading for Andrew Bogut last season was one of the biggest moves the Warriors have made since getting Baron Davis in 2004. Davis led the team to the playoffs in the 2006-07 season with 20 points and eight assists per game.
The Warriors are hoping center Andrew Bogut will do the same thing, but in a different way: with defense.
Bogut is one of the best (if not underrated) defensive players in the league. He’s been among NBA leaders in blocks (1.6 BPG career) since his third season with Milwaukee.
Bogut averaged double-digit rebounds for three straight years (2009-11) with the Bucks. That’s especially important for a Warrior team that was ranked dead last in rebounding last year, with a minus-6.6 per game differential.
But that’s not all. Bogut is also among league leaders in drawing offensive fouls. He drew .92 a game last season.
Bogut’s defense will make a world of difference for the Warriors, whose defense has been virtually non-existent for the past decade. If he can fully recover from his ankle injury and stay healthy all season, there’s no doubt Bogut can lead the W’s to the playoffs for the first time since Baron Davis did it.