“The team has grown frustrated by Bogut’s unreliability, particularly in times of greatest need.”
Bogut had one job with Golden State: protect the paint. And he did it very well at times. Poole cited the issues Bogut has had with injuries in the past, but that was something the organization knew about when they traded for him in 2012. It’s not his fault he grew to be seven feet tall, but he’s his worst enemy at times.
He doesn’t fit well in the Warriors’ system at all because there’s no versatility, and Golden State goes small as often as anyone. Because of this switch in play style, Bogut’s minutes dipped to 20.7 per game, but he still managed to average 3.2 fouls a night. It got even worse in the playoffs, and in just 16.6 minutes, Bogut found himself averaging almost the same amount of fouls (3.3).
He has a tough time guarding the pick-and-roll, and all the super-quick NBA point guards exploit it the fullest — case and point, Kyrie Irving in the Finals.
After suffering a knee injury in Game 5 and missing the final two games of the series, there were talks about how much Bogut’s absence would impact the series. I didn’t think it would. Even when he was healthy, he was getting torched by Tristan Thompson on the glass and hauled in just 15 rebounds through four-and-a-half games.
He’s not on the floor late in the fourth quarter because he’s in foul trouble, or because Steve Kerr elects to run the Death Lineup. He was the Dubs’ starting center in 66 regular season games, and I imagine it was to help energize the defense and break the confidence of opposing teams early in the ball game.
All things considered, it’s not far-fetched for Golden State to be able to move Bogut by the end of the summer. He’s slated to make a modest $11 million next year and, despite all the things Golden State doesn’t like about him, he can benefit an organization by playing in quick spurts and being a defensive spark plug.