In Defense of Bogut

The question the entire season has been: How will Bogut help us in the playoffs? Will he be beneficial or a detriment?

I think the last two weeks have shown us exactly what he can contribute to the Warriors. And that is FINALLY a defensive presence in the middle, something we haven't seen since Patrick O'Bryant.

Jokes. (He could have been good if he wasn't thrown into exile by Nelson.)

Since he came back March 4th, Bogut has provided 5.7 points, 2 blocks, 8.8 rebounds in 27 minutes per game. This is coming from a man who has come back from multiple injuries (which made us question the acquisition in the first place.)

But a lot of what he provides cannot be explained purely through quantitative data.

For example, his ability to take the charge AND get the block is great, but what you see from guards that drive is the hesitation on the layup. That hesitation, whether it's a pump-fake, clutch, or pass up, is influential because of the fact that it makes the shot that much more difficult, therefore decreasing the probability of it going in.

His passing. I'm a passing enthusiast, so David Lee is one of my favorite post passers. When I heard the Warriors were going to get Bogut, I thought,"We're going to see passing like Webber and Divac, baby!" And I believe we have. In the last game against the Kings, albeit a loss, there was a play where Bogut drove the ball off of a pick and roll, drew Cousins and Robinson, and dished down to Lee coming from the weakside.

Not only does that get the assist, but it makes the defense respect their passing ability, which allows for a one on one situation for what we would hope is a mismatch or favorable post play.

I think the argument you can hold against Bogut is his consistency. Per game, he'll either get big rebounds and blocks, points, or neither. He's only had 3 double digit rebound games in March. Undoubtedly that needs to be more, but the progress he is making assuages that worry.

Bogut should be able to sway a series against the Clippers, Nuggets, and Memphis, but still won't be enough against a healthy Spurs or the Thunder.

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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