Andrew Bogut: One of the Greatest Australian NBA Players|
A topic that's often debated among NBA fans is around the greatest Australian player of all time. There have been some great Aussies in the NBA over the years. From Luc Longley to Ben Simmons, they've all had an impact in America. But there's one name that tends to get mentioned more than most – Andrew Bogut. Let's take a look at his illustrious career, which began back in 2005.
Milwaukee Bucks 2005-2012
Bogut was the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He was the first Australian to be drafted number one overall. The Australian's first season saw him average 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
The next few years saw Bogut struggle with injuries. From back fractures to broken hands and dislocated elbows, it wasn't easy for him to stay at the top of his game, but he did. The 2009-10 season was pivotal in being a breakout year as he was named in the All-NBA Third Team.
Fast forward to the present day and the Bucks are one of the favourites for glory in 2021. They're priced alongside the LA Clippers at around 7.50. At the time of writing, bet365 had some of the most competitive odds, followed closely by Unibet and Betfair. But whichever leading sportsbook you choose, it's worth considering a sports betting sign-up bonus. These can be used effectively to place a bet on the NBA outright market, or any other market for that matter. The odds suggest it will be one from the Lakers, Nets, Clippers, and Bucks to go all the way, but who's your pick?
Golden State Warriors 2012-2016
In March 2012, Bogut was traded to the Golden State Warriors, with a few going in the opposite direction. But, unfortunately, injury struck again soon after. He missed the whole of preseason and tried to make a comeback at the start of the regular season. He lasted five games before having surgery on his ankle.
Determined to return in the best shape of his life, he worked tirelessly on his fitness and came back at the start of 2013. That year he posted career highs of 14 points and 21 rebounds. He also became the first Warriors player in 26 years to post 20 playoff rebounds.
Another injury in 2014 saw the Australian center remove all processed sugars from his diet in a bid to improve his overall game. It worked. In 2015 he became an NBA Champion as the Warriors went on to win the 2015 NBA Finals after beating the Cavaliers in six games.
Dallas Mavericks 2016-2017
Bogut was traded to the Mavericks after losing out in the NBA Finals in 2016, and, you guessed it, suffering an injury. He was ruled out for 2 months with a knee problem. He made his debut for Dallas in October in an overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers. He grabbed six points, six rebounds, three assists, and one block that night.
In December, the injury curse struck again, and he missed 11 games. His comeback was hampered by a hamstring strain and he then missed a further six games in January.
Cleveland Cavaliers 2017
Bogut signed with Cleveland in March after being waived by the 76ers in February. On his debut, what happened? He broke his leg. He missed the rest of the season and was waived by the Cavaliers immediately after his injury diagnosis.
Los Angeles Lakers 2017-2018
In September 2017, Bogut signed for one of the most coveted teams in NBA history, the LA Lakers. Unfortunately, due to a few issues with his game on and off the court, he was waived by the Lakers the following January. He then decided that it was time to go back to Australia.
The Australian NBA veteran became the MVP in the National Basketball League (NBL) in his first season. He averaged 11.6 points per game as well as claiming 329 rebounds, 98 assists, and 77 blocks.
After a brief return to Golden State and another season with the Sydney Kings in the 2019-20 NBL season, Bogut picked up yet another injury and had to have two surgeries in 2020. This was enough for him to call it a day. But what a career. Although blighted by injury, he has an NBA title, and nobody can take that away from him.
He joins a list of Australian stars to grace the NBA and collect a title. Ben Simmons is carrying the flag for the Aussies in the NBA currently, and if he keeps performing like he is, it won't be long before he too lands NBA gold.