Golden State Warriors: 3 Bold Predictions Andrew Bogut in 2013-14

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Andrew Bogut will become the defensive pillar of the Warriors

May 14, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) Andrew Bogut (12) and Stephen Curry (30) walk off the court during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT

This prediction may not be as “bold” as the others because it is seemingly already true. The Warriors are not really known as a great defensive team and their reputation is not unfair because they allowed an average 100.3 points per game during the 2012-13 season. This puts them as the 11th-worst defensive team in the NBA.

The point goes to show that if there is one meta area the Warriors need improvement, it’s certainly defense. So where does Bogut fit in? Well let’s just say if Foster’s is Australian for beer, Bogut is Australian for defense. The seven-footer is the 11th-best defender of isolation plays in the league, according to He ranks 40th in defending the pick-and-roll roller. He has proven himself an incredible defensive player in the past, having the fourth-highest defensive rating in the league during his 2010-11 season and had the fifth-highest defensive win shares in the league in that same season.

The combination of the two prove that a healthy and able Bogut is able to greatly influence and control games with his prowess on the defensive side of the court. The most impressive stat from that 2010-11 season was that he led the league in blocks per game with 2.6. I am by no means suggesting that he could replicate all of those numbers next year, but it is not a stretch to see the 28-year-old start to approach his high defensive ceiling.

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