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Unspectacular Unsung Hero of the Golden State Warriors: Andrew Bogut

Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut, left, reaches to block a shot by Dallas Mavericks' Raymond Felton (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Andrew Bogut is a force in the paint. He is a nightmare to try to out-rebound and a nightmare to box out.

He does not average big numbers: as of this year he is averaging 5.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, and 1.7 BPG, but he does so efficiently, only averaging 20.8 minutes per game.

He is shooting a very efficient 61% from the field this season, the second best total of his ten year career.

Something he does very well is shore up space for the other players on the team, the Stef Currys, Klay Thompsons, and Draymond Greens of the team. He takes up space and dishes off the rock for easy buckets.

He is also unafraid of teams playing their best against the Warriors and instituting dramatic shifts and substitutions against his squad.

“I think it’s good for us. There won’t be any surprises once the playoffs turn around for us. We’ve seen everything at this point,” Bogut said.

“They’ve put smalls on Draymond, they’ve put bigs. They’ve tried everything in the book. We have counters to pretty much anything that they try.”

He is such an empirically unafraid character that he is essentially the backbone to what the Warriors want to do and where they want to go.

Against the Rockets on Tuesday night Bogut had 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks. He recorded his 1,000th career block and his fourth double double of the season. The Warriors big man bullied the Rockets badly in a game where big man Dwight Howard shot 20% on the line (in 10 attempts).

He is making $13.8 million this year but intimidating other players alone is enough to warrant him worthy of such a salary. In the paint he is a beast, blocking and rebounding his way into the opponent’s mental state, intimidating, employing vertiginous maneuvers to outmaneuver the opposition.

He is a big man at 7’0″ 260 lbs and he uses every inch and pound of his frame to outmuscle opponents and secure rebounds. He is the big man complement to little Stef Curry (calling him little feels like an insult because he is so amazing but we’re talking height-wise here) and the big man complement to Draymond Green. There is seemingly nothing the Warriors can’t do and Andrew Bogut just helps them do even more.

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