Expect big things from Bogut
(Sports Network) - Andrew Bogut had a decent rookie campaign for Milwaukee in the 2005-06 season. He still has a lot to learn about playing in the NBA, but did show that the Bucks can expect plenty from him in the near future.
Originally selected out of Utah after his sophomore season by Milwaukee in the first round (first pick overall) of the 2005 NBA draft, Bogut averaged 9.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 82 contests during the regular season. He shot an impressive 53.3 percent from the floor and logged over 28 minutes per game.
In the postseason, Bogut registered 8.6 points and 6.2 boards per contest for the Bucks, who were eliminated in five games by the Detroit Pistons in the opening round.
The 7-0 Bogut played center in college, but was used primarily at power forward by the Bucks. Twenty-eight-year-old center Jamaal Magloire, who was acquired from the Hornets before the 2005-06 campaign, was brought into Milwaukee to help make Bogut's transition into the league easier. The club also felt that the two would make a potent combination down low.
Magloire averaged 9.2 points and a team-best 9.5 rebounds for the Bucks during the regular season. However, the 6-11 Magloire and Bogut did not become the dangerous combination in the low post that the Bucks were hoping they would be. Magloire's future will most likely not last much longer in Milwaukee, as the six-year veteran can become a free agent after the 2006-07 campaign. It is a very strong possibility that Magloire will be traded sometime during the offseason.
Bogut's production should increase big time in his second year in the league. He will receive more playing time as well as get more touches on the offensive end of the court. And if the Bucks deal Magloire, Bogut's role will become larger.
The 21-year-old Bogut has a nice touch around the basket, is a good passer and is fundamentally sound. He is not the greatest defensive player, but he should be able to improve that aspect of his game with experience and more knowledge of the players around the league.
When Milwaukee drafted Bogut it had hoped that it had the final piece to a lethal one-two punch. Sharp-shooting guard Michael Redd, who averaged a team- best 25.4 points per game this past season, and Bogut could be the inside- outside combination that helps the Bucks climb to the top of the Eastern Conference.
A one-time All-Star, the 6-6 Redd is one of the NBA's best outside shooters. He shot just under 40 percent from beyond the arc during the regular season and is lethal when his shot is falling.
Redd will play a big part in Bogut's development as a player. When Milwaukee's starting shooting guard is hot, it will open up the inside for Bogut and make his life down low a lot easier. These two players need each other, as their success will benefit each other as well as the team.
Bogut's statistics were not very impressive in his first year in the league. He should be averaging at least a double-double in points and rebounds. The potential is there, but it has to fulfilled.
With more playing time and more touches, Bogut's production will increase drastically. He is the real deal and Milwaukee should expect big things from him next season.MIL