When the Golden State Warriors acquired Andrew Bogut from the Milwaukee Bucks last March, an avalanche of articles hit the press. Virtually all of them lauded the Warriors for making the bold choice to jettison the me-first fan-favorite Monta Ellis for Bogut, even though the Aussie center wouldn’t play a game for the Warriors for months.
A lot of the ink on Bogut (rightly) pointed out his elite defensive skill and used a fair amount of advanced statistical analysis to show just how big a difference Bogut made for the Bucks on the defensive end. That stuff’s great, and it’s best described thoroughly, because a lot of the great things Bogut brings to a team don’t show up in box scores. You’ve got to look at the film and pick through advanced data.
You know what comes through clearly if you watch Bogut, though? Dude’s nasty. If you haven’t watched much Milwaukee Bucks basketball over the past five years—and why would you?—you probably don’t know that Bogut has a penchant for punishing dunks and in-your-face blocks.
He plays with a scowl and is definitely not afraid of absorbing—and, especially, doling out—out physical punishment.
Check it out:
Bogut is equally comfortable dunking on defenders with either hand, and has surprising lift for a guy his size. Moreover, his teammates clearly love him, judging by their reactions to some of his more thunderous slams.
So, there you go. Hopefully this was a learning experience, despite the dearth of stats. Hey, sometimes it’s more fun to watch and appreciate a little-known video than it is to talk about PER, true shooting percentage and defensive efficiency.