3 reasons the Warriors should sign Andrew Bogut

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Andrew Bogut of the Kings pulls down a rebound during the round 17 NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings at RAC Arena on February 10, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Andrew Bogut of the Kings pulls down a rebound during the round 17 NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings at RAC Arena on February 10, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images) /
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Rim protection

The biggest thing that Bogut would bring to the Bay is rim protection. Back in the day, Bogut was considered an elite rim protector, and the Aussie, standing over seven feet tall, can still clearly contribute on that end of the floor.

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The Australian Defensive Player of the Year, Bogut once averaged over two blocks per game for three straight years in Milwaukee. Altogether, the lengthy big rejected at least one shot per game for almost a decade straight.

Per 36 minutes, Bogut sent back 2.2 shots during his mere 23 games with the Lakers last season before being waived on January 6, 2018. That said, there’s no reason to think Bogut’s ability to protect the rim has declined over the past season.

For Golden State, they actually lead the league in blocks per game. However, it’s not because they get that production from their center. Both their starting backcourt players not named DeMarcus Cousins reject over a shot per game.

The Warriors are actually in the bottom five in blocks per game for centers, so Bogut’s abilities would help give Kerr lineups that could feature a true shot-blocking center. Once a rim-protecting center, Cousins doesn’t have the same athleticism after his Achilles’ tear.

Bogut’s presence isn’t necessary, but it would be useful.