My esteemed colleague Fantasy Junkie started The Andris Biedrins Made Free Throw Watch, tracking whether Biedrins could go the entire season without a made free throw. I was looking over the numbers this morning and it seems like a good time to complement that with The Andris Biedrins Starting Center Matchup Watch.
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The Warriors are nearly at the half way mark this season with 38 games now in the books and a lowly 11 wins. Biedrins has only played in 13 of those games. After last season's Troy-Murphy-without-a-jump-shot campaign of double-doubles, the Warriors 9 million dollar center and supposed franchise saving center that so many homers couldn't wait to destroy WE BELIEVE to build around, has put up a weak 5.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg and a whopping 6.5 fouls per 36 minutes. I'm sure you could extrapolate his numbers to per 36 numbers and say he's still rebounding just fine, but guess what? That's doesn't matter. Per 36 numbers aren't a meaningful way to standardize performance when you're racking up that many fouls. There's no way he could ever attain those numbers with his current foul rate- it's against the rules of basketball.
But there's a bigger issue at hand here. Andris Biedrins has been abused by the opposing starting center EVERY SINGLE GAME this season. For a supposed top 5, top 7, top 10, top whatever center- that's a joke. Again, I don't care what the comparative per 36 numbers might say given that alarming foul rate. I also don't even care if Biedrins wasn't the actual Warriors starting center on a given night. That's his role and the role he signed up for when he inked that extension. Sure he's had injuries (like every other Warrior), but again if you're not ready to play, then don't play.
I won't waste words to describe how awful of a season the Warriors "franchise center" is having. That would just result in hysteria in the comments plus a ton of hate mail from the Biedrins fanboys. So I'll just give you the final stat lines and let you be the judge:
Chuck Hayes: 4 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists : 2 turnovers, 1 block, 3 steals
Andris Biedrins: 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists : 3 turnovers, 1 block, 1 steal
Winner: Chuck Hayes (CHUCK HAYES?!)
Channing Frye: 22 points (8-12 FG), 8 rebounds, 3 steals
Andris Biedrins: 8 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists : 0 turnovers (great passing night), 1 steal
Winner: Channing Frye
Marc Gasol: 12 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists : 0 turnovers, 2 blocks, 3 steals
Andris Biedrins: 6 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block, 5 fouls
Winner: Marc Gasol
Spencer Hawes: 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks
Andris Biedrins: 2 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block
Winner: Spencer Hawes
Kendrick Perkins: 8 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists : 4 turnovers, 2 blocks, 5 fouls
Andris Biedrins: 0 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists : 2 turnovers
Winner: Kendrick Perkins
vs LA Lakers
Andrew Bynum: 11 points (5-7 FG), 7 rebounds, 0 assists : 4 turnovers, 2 steals
Andris Biedrins: 6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists : 1 turnover, 6 fouls
Winner: Andrew Bynum
vs Portland Trailblazers
Juwan Howard: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 0 assists : 3 turnovers, 2 steals
Andris Biedrins: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists : 1 turnover
Winner: Juwan Howard (um, it's not like it's 1995)
Nene Hilario: 9 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists : 5 turnovers, 2 blocks, 4 steals
Andris Biedrins: 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist : 0 turnovers, 1 block, 4 fouls
Winner: Nene Hilario
Al Jefferson: 26 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal
Andris Biedrins: 8 points (4-5 FG), 8 rebounds, 5 blocks
Winner: Al Jefferson
vs Sacramento Kings
Spencer Hawes: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists : 1 turnover
Andris Biedrins: 6 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists : 0 turnover, 3 steals, 4 fouls
Winner: Spencer Hawes (This one's actually pretty close and you could make a good case for Biedrins, but what fun what that be? Let's keep the streak alive!)
RECAP: Golden State Warriors 114, Cleveland Cavaliers 117 - Warriors can't chew on the Cav's "beefy" frontline
Shaquile O'Neal: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 0 assists : 3 turnovers, 2 blocks
Andris Biedrins: 0 points (0-4 FG), 3 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals, 5 fouls
vs Miami Heat
Jermaine O'Neal: 24 points (11-15 FG), 7 rebounds, 1 assist : 3 turnovers, 1 steal
Andris Biedrins: 6 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 4 fouls
Winner: Jermaine O'Neal
Andrew Bogut: 15 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists : 0 turnovers, 3 blocks
Andris Biedrins: 10 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal, 6 fouls (which hurt extra given the Dubs short roster)
Winner: Andrew Bogut
I don't know about you all, but I've got my calendars marked for Sunday January 31st. Warriors vs Thunder in Oklahoma City. Andris Biedrins vs. Nenad Krstic.
Swap out Josh Howard with Andris Biedrins in the above photo on January 31st?
MARK. YOUR. CALENDARS.