Player

Andrew Bogut

Golden State Warriors DOB: 28 Nov 1984 Height: 213 cm Position: Centre Number: 12

Hometown: Endeavour Hills, VIC

Junior Association: Dandenong and Sandringham (VIC)

Current Club: Golden State Warriors (NBA)

International Debut: 2002

Biography

A highly-regarded junior, it was as an 18-year-old that Bogut announced himself to the basketball universe, leading the Australian team to the gold medal at the 2003 FIBA Junior Mens World Championship on his way to tournament MVP.

Bogut took his talents to collegiate America, joining the University of Utah where he was an immediate hit, winning the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Freshman of the Year.

This form carried Bogut into the Australian Boomers squad, securing a spot for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. The Olympic experience proved a catalyst for 213cm centre to return to Utah and establish himself as the hottest prospect in college basketball.

Bogut had a season to remember as a sophomore – winning no less nine player of the year allocades – including the coveted Wooden and Naismith Awards as Utah made the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

It was no surprise when the Milwaukee Bucks selected Bogut with the 1st overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, with the kid from Endeavour Hills in Melbourne becoming the first Australian to be drafted at the top spot.

A strong debut season that included All-Rookie First Team honours provided the perfect platform for the 2006 FIBA World Championships, where Bogut averaged more than 12 points and 6 rebounds per game.

Returning to the NBA, Bogut continue to develop into one of the most complete centres in the league, setting career-highs in points, rebounds and blocks ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

After helping the Boomers to the quarter finals in Beijing, it was a tough season for Bogut as injury saw him miss more than half the season, but he bounced back to produce the best form of his NBA career.

Through the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons, Bogut averaged over 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks on his way to ALL-NBA Third Honours (2010), progressing to be one of the elite big men in the NBA.

Injury saw Bogut miss the 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2012 London Olympic Games, with a trade to the Golden State Warriors presenting a new challenge.

Despite an injury-interrupted first full season with the Warriors, Bogut played a key role in securing the team’s second play-off appearance in the past 20 years.

As a part of the 2015 NBA championship winning Golden State Warriors, Bogut averaged over 8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game; acting as the defensive anchor for the Warriors and landing him a spot in the NBA All Defensive Second Team for the 2014/15 season.

Previous Clubs:

2002-2003 – AIS
2003-2005 – University of Utah (NCAA)
2005-2012 – Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
2012-Current – Golden State Warriors (NBA)

Major Awards:

NBA Championship: 2015
NBA All Defensive Second Team: 2015
FIBA Oceania Championship: 2015
Olympic Games: 2004, 2008
FIBA World Championship: 2006
FIBA Junior World Championship: 2003 (Gold)
FIBA Junior World Championship MVP: 2003
NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2006
All-NBA Third Team: 2010
Wooden College Player of the Year: 2005
Naismith College Player of the Year: 2005
Mountain West Conference (MWC) Player of the Year: 2005
All-MWC First Team: 2005
MWC Freshman of the Year: 2004
MWC Champion: 2005
MWC Tournament Champion: 2004

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