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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

How Bogut can fix Warriors' Boogie problem


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When Andrew Bogut's move to sign with the Golden State Warriors was announced back in March, it was hard to see the move being any more than a sentimental feel-good story.

Just over a month since the announcement, Bogut has suddenly gone from a virtual novelty to an indispensable part of the Warriors' title repeat hopes.

The Golden State Warriors' front office signed Bogut as a reliable insurance policy in the event that the worst-case scenario of a DeMarcus Cousins injury occurred.

The Cousins-Warriors playoff journey lasted just over a single game, and now the veteran Australian is a necessity.

Andrew Bogut

Make no mistake about it, Bogut is far from the player he was when he last donned a Warriors jersey.

Prior to the series of injuries that would cut short his time in the league, Bogut was widely regarded as one of the league's premiere rim-protectors and was the fulcrum for which the Warriors' miserly defence was built around.

Bogut is no longer the player who was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team in 2015, as evidenced by the Warriors' lofty Defensive Rating of 108.9 whenever he was on the court in the 134 regular season minutes the Australian logged.

The evidence against Bogut has extended to the two post-season games, with the Warriors' Defensive Rating improving by a whopping 14.5 points per 100 possessions whenever he sits, per NBA.com stats.

DeMarcus Cousins

However, what Bogut provides at this stage of his career is the sense of familiarity, at least with the core Warriors trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Despite the wealth of riches that the two-time reigning champions have on the offensive end, the Warriors have found themselves bogged down during certain stretches of the last two post-seasons, even with the addition of Kevin Durant.

Regardless of the synergy that Curry and Durant have developed over their three seasons as teammates, the Warriors' offence seems to devolve into the ugly 'your turn, my turn' offence as it did late in the team's utterly stunning 135-131 defeat to the LA Clippers in Game 2 of its first-round series.

While Bogut has been known for his defensive prowess throughout his career, he has always been one of the league's most prolific screeners and big man passers, and his outstanding basketball IQ still allows him to be an effective offensive weapon.

Andrew Bogut

In the 19 minutes that Bogut has logged over the first two games of the Clippers series, the Warriors are scoring at a rate of 130.8 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com stats, a number that tumbles down to 109.2 points per 100 possesions when he sits.

Bogut's screening ability is also particularly invaluable for the Warriors, especially for Curry and Thompson.

Both guards, while being incredibly skilled, have found it tough at times to score against set defences in the post-season, which is where Bogut's screen assists come into play.

While Bogut's average screen assists number of 2.1 per game during the regular season was modest, it came in just 12.2 minutes of action, per NBA.com stats.

Draymond Green

Comparing Bogut's number to the league's leading screen assist man in the regular season, Utah's Rudy Gobert (5.9 per game in 31.8 min per game), shows that the Australian averaged a screen assist roughly every 5.8 minutes, a touch lower than Gobert averaging one per every 5.39 minutes.

In the absence of Cousins, it will be interesting to see which big man Warriors coach Steve Kerr starts alongside Draymond Green between Bogut and Kevon Looney.

After his arrival in March, Bogut logged 83 minutes with the team's four starters, with the Warriors outscoring opponents to the tune of 14.9 points per 100 possessions in such minutes.

In comparison, Looney logged 313 minutes with the starters, with the Warriors outscoring opponents by 18.7 points per 100 possessions in that time.

Kevon Looney

While both Looney and Bogut can share the big man responsibilities in the absence of Cousins, what it allows Kerr to do is to minimise the time that Green has to play the center position.

It is no secret that the Warriors' 'death lineup' of Curry-Thompson-Andre Iguodala-Durant-Green has been its most effective line-up since Durant's arrival in the summer of 2016.

Traditionally, despite the success of the lineup, Kerr has liked to use it in short and sharp bursts as opposed to using it regularly.

Kerr must also be wary of overloading Green defensively against big men, particularly considering the former Defensive Player of the Year's own injury issues this season.

Following the shocking loss in Game 2, which saw the Warriors blow an NBA-record 31-point third-quarter lead, Bogut told reporters the team was "genuinely pissed" about the result.

It is now up to the Australian and his NBA Champion teammates to regroup from the Cousins blow and channel that anger into yet another NBA title.

When Andrew Bogut's move to sign with the Golden State Warriors was announced back in March, it was hard to see the move being any more than a sentimental feel-good story.

Just over a month since the announcement, Bogut has suddenly gone from a virtual novelty to an indispensable part of the Warriors' title repeat hopes.

The Golden State Warriors' front office signed Bogut as a reliable insurance policy in the event that the worst-case scenario of a DeMarcus Cousins injury occurred.

The Cousins-Warriors playoff journey lasted just over a single game, and now the veteran Australian is a necessity.

Andrew Bogut

Make no mistake about it, Bogut is far from the player he was when he last donned a Warriors jersey.

Prior to the series of injuries that would cut short his time in the league, Bogut was widely regarded as one of the league's premiere rim-protectors and was the fulcrum for which the Warriors' miserly defence was built around.

Bogut is no longer the player who was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team in 2015, as evidenced by the Warriors' lofty Defensive Rating of 108.9 whenever he was on the court in the 134 regular season minutes the Australian logged.

The evidence against Bogut has extended to the two post-season games, with the Warriors' Defensive Rating improving by a whopping 14.5 points per 100 possessions whenever he sits, per NBA.com stats.

DeMarcus Cousins

However, what Bogut provides at this stage of his career is the sense of familiarity, at least with the core Warriors trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Despite the wealth of riches that the two-time reigning champions have on the offensive end, the Warriors have found themselves bogged down during certain stretches of the last two post-seasons, even with the addition of Kevin Durant.

Regardless of the synergy that Curry and Durant have developed over their three seasons as teammates, the Warriors' offence seems to devolve into the ugly 'your turn, my turn' offence as it did late in the team's utterly stunning 135-131 defeat to the LA Clippers in Game 2 of its first-round series.

While Bogut has been known for his defensive prowess throughout his career, he has always been one of the league's most prolific screeners and big man passers, and his outstanding basketball IQ still allows him to be an effective offensive weapon.

Andrew Bogut

In the 19 minutes that Bogut has logged over the first two games of the Clippers series, the Warriors are scoring at a rate of 130.8 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com stats, a number that tumbles down to 109.2 points per 100 possesions when he sits.

Bogut's screening ability is also particularly invaluable for the Warriors, especially for Curry and Thompson.

Both guards, while being incredibly skilled, have found it tough at times to score against set defences in the post-season, which is where Bogut's screen assists come into play.

While Bogut's average screen assists number of 2.1 per game during the regular season was modest, it came in just 12.2 minutes of action, per NBA.com stats.

Draymond Green

Comparing Bogut's number to the league's leading screen assist man in the regular season, Utah's Rudy Gobert (5.9 per game in 31.8 min per game), shows that the Australian averaged a screen assist roughly every 5.8 minutes, a touch lower than Gobert averaging one per every 5.39 minutes.

In the absence of Cousins, it will be interesting to see which big man Warriors coach Steve Kerr starts alongside Draymond Green between Bogut and Kevon Looney.

After his arrival in March, Bogut logged 83 minutes with the team's four starters, with the Warriors outscoring opponents to the tune of 14.9 points per 100 possessions in such minutes.

In comparison, Looney logged 313 minutes with the starters, with the Warriors outscoring opponents by 18.7 points per 100 possessions in that time.

Kevon Looney

While both Looney and Bogut can share the big man responsibilities in the absence of Cousins, what it allows Kerr to do is to minimise the time that Green has to play the center position.

It is no secret that the Warriors' 'death lineup' of Curry-Thompson-Andre Iguodala-Durant-Green has been its most effective line-up since Durant's arrival in the summer of 2016.

Traditionally, despite the success of the lineup, Kerr has liked to use it in short and sharp bursts as opposed to using it regularly.

Kerr must also be wary of overloading Green defensively against big men, particularly considering the former Defensive Player of the Year's own injury issues this season.

Following the shocking loss in Game 2, which saw the Warriors blow an NBA-record 31-point third-quarter lead, Bogut told reporters the team was "genuinely pissed" about the result.

It is now up to the Australian and his NBA Champion teammates to regroup from the Cousins blow and channel that anger into yet another NBA title.

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