|Posted by Sports With 3 on January 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM|
By: Noah Miller
Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut recently returned after ankle injury that he suffered November 5th. By the results of his first game against the Toronto Raptors, he looks like himself. Bogut plays a strong defensive and offensive role with Golden State, and he is productive in the paint. He averaged 11.3 PPG (Points-Per-Game) and 8.3 (Rebounds-Per-Game) last season, which will increase this season. Bogut will not play back-to-back games, because he doesn't want to tweak his ankle again. I think that's a good descion, because he can recoop and be ready after All-Star break. Bogut told ESPN, "It's been a long season for me so far, a frustrating season both mentally and physically," he said. "Just to be out there running up and down the court again, and especially getting a win, was very satisfying." Bogut dropped 12 points with 8 rebounds against Toronto, which I find incredible.
Bogut's duty for the Warriors is very similar to David Lee's, and that is "Play tough defense, and score in the paint." I saw that from Bogut yesterday, and he and Lee are absuloute studs on the court; they connect so well. Against the Raptors, Lee found Bogut inside to score. I like to see that chemistry with big men because a lot of power-forwards and centers don't have that second big man to connect with. The Warriors are very forunate to have two impressive big man; Bogut and Lee. I think time will tell this season, but for now you have to look at the performance he had in Toronto.