The “buddy system” is a pretty good way to keep kids from getting lost, but it’s also a tactic the Golden State Warriors may be able to employ to keep their young star, Stephen Curry, from wandering off after this season.
The “buddies,” in this case are the Warriors’ two best players and biggest injury wildcards this year: Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut. The reason Bogut makes such a good companion for Curry is that he makes up for many of Curry’s shortcomings, something Curry should appreciate in a teammate.
Curry has a reputation as a bad defender, but that’s really a little bit of an oversimplification. He’s fairly quick and has good hands, which, according to John Hollinger, results in a Curry playing with too much of a gambler’s mentality. That results in a few reach-in fouls per game and the occasional mistimed lunge that results in a blow-by to the rim.
Bogut’s presence in the middle should help Curry’s defense in a couple ways. First, he’ll give Curry a good example of how to use position, instead of hands, to play good defense. Bogut’s defensive impact on his former team is chronicled nicely by Tom Haberstroh in a recent Warriors breakdown, and it’s clear he knows where to put himself on the floor in order to maximize good positioning. Secondly, Curry won’t have to make desperate grabs at players that have beaten him off the dribble, knowing the Bogut is behind him to erase the mistake at the rim.
In short, Bogut complements Curry very well, which makes for a nice tandem going forward. Hopefully, that’ll weigh on Curry’s mind if and when the Warriors extend him an offer sometime in the next few months.