Andrew Bogut will become the next Luc Longley
You can’t spell “Lucky Aussie Center” without Luc. Longley was an essential part of the Chicago Bull’s second “three-peat,” and played along all-time greats like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman. Longley’s contributions on paper are not incredibly impressive as they were during the three-peat. He averaged 13.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 blocks, but what he lacked in stats, he made up for in being the good-luck charm for the Bulls.
Now, it doesn’t hurt to have one of the greatest players of all-time, one of the greatest defensive guards of all-time, one of the greatest rebounders of all-time and one of the greatest benches of all-time, but having Longley surely did not hurt. Longley was always described as an exceptionally nice man, one who won over the crowds in his first year in the NBA playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves by displaying a positive and carefree demeanor.
What does this have to do with Bogut? Well, beyond the fact that Longley and Bogut are both Australian centers, they share another large similarity. Longley was drafted by the Timberwolves a year after they had already drafted another center, which caused a rift between the organization and some of the fans.
A similar rift occurred when the Warriors management dished Monta Ellis for Bogut at the trade deadline last year. Well, Bogut had to wait to at least the playoffs to win back some of those fans, as he displayed toughness, physicality and perseverance in only his second postseason outing. This does not mean that Bogut is the missing element keeping the Warriors from being the 1996-98 Bulls. What it does mean is that Bogut’s intangible benefits to his team are on par with his already excellent play.