Andrew Bogut has yet to play in the preseason for the Golden State Warriors. He is rehabbing an ankle and foot injury he suffered back in January. The injury caused him to miss most of the 2011-12 season, but the Warriors hope he will be ready for the regular season opener this year and possibly even some exhibition games. Draymond Green is in better shape. He has been battling a knee injury, but he is expected to get some minutes in the team's current preseason road trip.
Bogut was recently cleared for one-on-one contact drills leading to speculation that he may return sooner rather than later. Rusty Simmons for the San Francisco Chronicle says the team thinks Bogut my return for the final two exhibition games this preseason.
Bogut has played his entire career with the Milwaukee Bucks up to this point. He was traded to the Warriors and will look to turn his injury-plagued career around. Bogut was a highly-touted player out of college, but not many were sure how his game would translate to the NBA. With Milwaukee, he averaged 12.7 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game. He is a 7-footer with an imposing presence down low. He can help the Warriors build themselves back into a competitor.
Green was able to participate in full-contact drills with the team during practice. Simmons says Green is expected to be able to play during the road trip.
"I love competing," Green said. "I'm really ready to get back out there and give it a full go."Green is entering his rookie season. He played college ball at Michigan State before being drafted by the Warriors. At Michigan State, he finished with 1,517 career points making him one of only three Spartans to ever finish with more than 1,000. His role with the Warriors will be defined as the team continues through the preseason, but his injury is not expected to affect him during the season.