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Warriors think they have a healthy Andrew Bogut this season

Aug 30, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

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Last season, Andrew Bogut missed 50 games. The season before that 54. The season before that 17. It’s been a long time since we’ve really seen a healthy Bogut for an extended period.

But we also saw in the playoffs last season what a healthy Bogut means to Golden State — he is their defensive anchor inside, he averaged 7.2 points a game shooting 58 percent, while pulling down 10.9 rebounds a game. His passing skills are a great fit with shooters like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

The Warriors with the addition of Andre Iguodala are a playoff lock in the West, but how far they can go will depend on a healthy Bogut and his presence in the paint. The team thinks he’s healthy and are treating him as such, GM Bob Meyer told the Sporting News.

“I think the initial thought is he is healthy, and play him as much as you want,” general manager Bob Myers told Sporting News. “If something obviously were to develop, something unforeseen, you have to react to it. At this point, you treat him like he is 100 percent healthy, that is what he is saying, that is what the medical staff is saying, so, you don’t treat him any other way. Maybe the question is, do you want to play him 35 minutes? But that is a question for any center. It is not due to anything with his injury. We’re approaching it like he is healthy.”

Golden State is clearly going to try and keep Bogut’s minutes down, something you can tell just by looking at the roster. There is Festus Ezeli, Jermaine O’Neal and Marreese Speights all who can take on minutes at the five and keep Bogut down in the 28 minutes a night range. Which would be about the top end of where I’d want him.

If Bogut is healthy he will upgrade the Warriors pedestrian defense from last season. Do that with Andre Iguodala on the wing helping the perimeter defense, and if this all melds together on the offensive end the Warriors are a very dangerous team come playoff time.

  1. casualcommenter - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala form a very, very good pair of wing defenders.
    With a healthy Andrew Bogut anchoring the defense inside, the Warriors could have a nice defense, particularly if Stephen Curry and (especially) David Lee improve their defense.

    • demasane - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Klay Thompson a good defender? Am i missing something?

      • bklyntay - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Yes you are he is a solid to good defender

  2. thrillhouse763 - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Said no one ever

  3. itsonlyaspeedbump - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Super exciting to be a Dubs fan right now. Even years back when they beat the Mavs in the first round, I wasnt this hopeful for the upcoming season. This team feels like if everybody is healthy, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with at the very least.

  4. norcalsportsknowledge - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    C- Bogut
    Pf- Green
    Sf- Iggy
    Sg- Klay
    PG- Bazemore/Douglass

    That’s one tough defense to close out a game!

  5. hannsta - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Wouldnt it be great if just for one season there were no injuries?

    • money2long - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      go to settings..set injuries to NO .
      you’re welcome

  6. benjaminmoney - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Although the national sports writers are predicting the dubs as a 6th seed behind Memphis, Houston I actually believe the warriors will finish ahead of both teams including the clips. The dubs will win the Pacific and quite that overrated team in la…are we supposed to be scared of reddick, dudley and byron mullens…psshhh..please…Blake is what he is and cp3 will miss some time in the season like he always does…warriors finish third overall in the west…you can go to Vegas with this info…book it!

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