Andrew Bogut is still nursing an ankle injury, and his status for tonight's opener against the Phoenix Suns is unknown. If Bogut plays, it will be a huge boost for the Golden State Warriors, a team looking to climb out of the cellar and into contention. The team, and most people around the league, realizes that Bogut will be a necessary part of any contender.
Marcus Thompson II of the San Jose Mercury News says Bogut was able to participate in a full practice yesterday and will be a game-time decision tonight. Bogut has not played since fracturing his left ankle.
The big man from Australia is in his first season with Golden State, and he wants to make an impact.
"I know what this is about," Bogut said. "I know that in order for us to be really good, I have to be really good."Bogut was drafted out of Utah by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005. He spent seven seasons with the Bucks before coming over to Golden State in a trade that sent Monta Ellis out. Ellis was a contributor with Golden State, so the pressure is magnified for Bogut.
In his career, Bogut has averaged 12.7 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game. The Warriors will need Bogut working toward double-doubles every night. His inside presence and his average of 3.1 offensive rebounds per game will help his outside shooters get more opportunities.