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Andris Biedrins: Best Backup Center in the NBA next season?

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With Andrew Bogut being the new starting center for Golden State, how do you think this affects Andris Biedrins if he remains a Warrior next season?

I believe with Bogut taking control of the center position, this takes a big amount of pressure off of Biedrins. He just didn't have it in him anymore to play like how he used to back in 2007-2008, however, being a backup to Bogut could change that; it could be the perfect situation for Biedrins.

He won't feel the pressure of having to carry this team as the only center; instead he can relax his mind knowing that Bogut is there to help him out and happily take that starting center responsibility off his back. This could allow Biedrins to play more confident and stress free, resulting in a possible comeback season where he will play much more efficiently like he's done during his best years.

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This would be big for the Warriors. Not only do the Warriors finally have a great big man in Bogut, but they would also have another good center backing him up if Biedrins can come back to form by playing like a starter again.

The Warriors would go from a team that was lacking size and production from their 5 spot, to being a team which surprisingly has the center position as one of their main strengths. This is something the Warriors have obviously been missing for so many years.

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On another note: Bogut has also stated that he's rarely ever gotten to play with a backup center during his NBA career so far. How will Bogut perform now that he finally has a true backup center?

"... and we still didn't sign a backup big [man]. We let Kurt Thomas walk, and he had a great year for us. I can definitely question the way things were ran there, too, but I'm not going to get into the nitty-gritty. But I would've liked to have had a backup big. We haven't had a backup big man [in Milwaukee] probably since Jamaal Magloire was there [in 2005-06]. And to be fair, we've had [power forwards] who play the [center spot], so that's frustrating."


Having a real backup center in Biedrins will be beneficial to Bogut. Bogut could rest more while allowing the revitalized Biedrins to come in the game and do work in the paint (blocking shots, scoring efficiently, rebounding the ball etc.).

This means that the Warriors could possibly be getting an even better version of Andrew Bogut than the one who played in Milwaukee since he'll be less fatigued during games as a result of having an actual backup center helping him out (as well as having a frontcourt mate in David Lee dropping dimes to him down low).

If Andris Biedrins is still a Warrior next season, do you see him making big improvements with his role as a backup center? If so, how far do you see the Warriors going now that they have size and depth at the center position?

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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