Since being acquired by the Golden State Warriors, Andrew Bogut has gone through a vast spectrum of “Wow, we traded Monta for this guy?” to “Wow, we traded Monta for this guy!” When the Dubs traded their leading scorer for a center who was considered a washed-up first pick and an injury-prone big who had logged barely more than five full seasons in eight season of being in the league. Joe Lacob was booed at Chris Mullin’s jersey retirement and it looked as though it would be another grim few years for Warriors’ fans.
Well, nearly the exact opposite of that happened. The Warriors made the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season and are now being considered a top team in the West and one of the most watchable teams in the NBA. That sentence would have been nearly impossible to comprehend when Monta was traded. It turned that clearing the backcourt for a certain young sharpshooter named Stephen Curry was actually the best way to start winning games. Nearly everything seemed like it worked out for the better from that that once-panned trade, yet there still remains one variable that has not truly been defined; Bogut.
In a recent interview with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, the Australian big sounded exceptionally excited and hopeful for this coming season. Bogut seems all too aware that despite his wishes to stay with the Warriors, he has not yet truly demonstrated enduring value to the franchise. In fact, one could argue that the absence of Monta Ellis has done more for the team than the presence of the 7’0” center, yet just the mere glimpses of the Australian’s potential have been more than enough to convince me of his value. A healthy Bogut, a Bogut frustrated with the lack of opportunities to display his true talent, a Bogut hungry for 82 games will be a force to be reckoned with this season. Check out the interview and leave a comment on what you think.