Andrew Bogut Believes He Can Be a Top-Three Center When Healthy
Andrew Bogut has the size, skills, and athleticism to be one of the best centers in the league, if not the best center in the league. He has more size than Dwight Howard. He has more athleticism than Marc Gasol. And he has more skills than Tyson Chandler. So, why isn’t Andrew Bogut recognized as one of the best centers in the league? Why were Golden State fans booing the trade of Andrew Bogut for an undersized shooting guard who can’t play defense and shoots a horrific percentage in Monta Ellis?
It’s because Andrew Bogut is Frankenstein.
Bogut has metal plates, screws, and bits and pieces of bone spurs all over his ankles and elbows.
But when Frankenstein Bogut is all put together and healthy, he’s arguably the best center in the game.
"Yeah ... when healthy," Bogut said. "And I'm healthy now. I haven't had any restrictions since July," Bogut said from team facility, where most of the roster has been working out in preparation for training camp. Five-on-five, three-on-three, four-on-four, conditioning drills, running, jumping, weights -- no restrictions. It's been a great feeling to come into a gym and not have a trainer tell me, 'You can only do 30 minutes. You can only do this. You can only do that.' ... Very happy to not hear that."
The few years that Andrew Bogut was able to play an entire season without any nagging injuries he was an absolute monster, filling up the stat sheet like very few centers in the NBA can. Furthermore, Bogut is still the traditional back-to-the-basket center who can block shoots and protect the paint. And if he can stay healthy long enough, sooner or later, people are going to remember just how good he really is; when healthy that is.