Through eight games, the Golden State Warriors offense of 2013-14 appears to be a bit different than the offense in years past. Even though it is still extremely early in the season, the Warriors are taking almost as many post-up shots as spot-up jumpers. For a team full of some of the best sharpshooters in the league, you would think that the Dubs would have more than five more spot-up jumpers than post-ups.
But head coach Mark Jackson has made it clear that getting Andrew Bogut involved in the offense has been a point of emphasis this year. Bogut is playing limited minutes — an average of 24.0 minutes per game — and is still only averaging 5.8 points per game, an identical total as his season average from last season. However, Bogut is shooting a higher percentage from the field at 54%, which is up nine percent from last season.
Bogut’s post-up game is not his forte, but it will continue to be a crucial part of the Warriors offense.
During this possession early in the first quarter of Tuesday nights game, Stephen Curry, who is just behind the three point line (not pictured) feeds Bogut the ball. As Bogut backs down his defender, all five Pistons players collapse below the free throw line, leaving Curry and Andre Iguodala wide open for three. David Lee’s screen allows Klay Thompson to also have space for an open jumper if Bogut chooses to kick it out to him.
But instead of possibly kicking the ball out for an open three, Bogut takes the contested post-up shot and misses it. However, by simply posting up, the defense must respect his size and skill.
The Warriors tend to feed Bogut in the post early in the game, allowing the shooters to ease into the flow and attempt to get Bogut involved early.
In this post-up situation against the Memphis Grizzlies earlier in the week, the Grizzlies play solid post defense and stay close to the Warriors outstretched beyond the three-point line. The Warrior show poor floor spacing, with Iguodala and Curry both being guarded by Tayshaun Prince which allows a Grizzlie defender to help down. In turn, Bogut puts up up a left-handed hook and misses.
But the especially early in games, Bogut’s post-ups are a part of the Warriors offense. And with much of the NBA playing more small-ball lineups, the Warriors ability to run efficient offense with a true center on the floor running post-up sets is a real advantage.