University of Utah grad bringing the heat after ten years in the NBA

<p dir=”ltr”><span>Former University of Utah center Andrew Bogut has already made quite a career for himself in the National Basketball Association (NBA) — but at age 30, he has a long ways to go before he’s finished.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>The</span> <span>Salt Lake Tribune</span> <span>reports Bogut, now playing for the Golden State Warriors, was the</span> <a href=””><span>No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft</span></a><span>. Having played for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2005 to 2012, Bogut had a stellar career behind him before transferring to the Warriors. Partly due to his switch, the Warriors are the top-ranked NBA team this season for defense, and Bogut himself holds the third highest individual defense rating (95.2).</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>He was recently picked for the NBA All-Defensive second team, for which he received a nearly $2 million bonus, as stipulated in his contract.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>”Bogut is the ultimate team guy,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He just wants to win…It’s great that our guys were recognized for their efforts. The strength of this team has been the defense.”</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>For his part, Bogut attributes the team’s excellent defense to his partnership with forward Draymond Green.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>”We’re the protection back there. Draymond and I obviously take a lot of hits down there. I think we feed off each other defensively.”</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Rob Mahoney, a NBA reporter for</span> <span>Sports Illustrated</span><span>, agrees.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>”They’re much more comfortable with him on the floor,” he said. “[Bogut is] one of the best defenders in the game. He basically turned the Memphis series in terms of his ability to play centerfield…He’s a great player and the Warriors are smart in how they use him. He’s essential to their playoff run.”</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>So far his career has been more than stellar with his cumulative averages being 10.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks. But even those stats haven’t impressed some NBA fans who though he would do a lot better after leaving the University of Utah in 2005.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>However, given that the seven-foot player from Australia has played 10 seasons (including this one) and has had to battle frequent foot, back, knee, nose, elbow, wrist, and ankle injuries while doing so, it’s impressive that he was able to do so much.</span></p><p dir=”ltr”><span>Ankle and foot injuries are particulary common among NBA players. In general,</span> <a href=””><span>60% of foot and ankle issues</span></a> <span>in the country are ankle sprains and strains.</span></p>

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