NBA Champ Andrew Bogut's Impact on Australian Basketball — See His Phenomenal Journey
Andrew Bogut is labeled as one of the leading faces of Australian basketball. He has been acknowledged for serving as a cornerstone of the Australian national team.
Andrew Bogut has likewise been credited for paving the way for an entire generation of Australian players in the NBA, as well as for playing a leading role in reviving the Australian NBL.
For two years, Bogut played college basketball with the Utah Utes. In 2005, he earned national player of the year honors. He then kicked off his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) after the Milwaukee Bucks chose him with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft.
Andrew Bogut at Crown Palladium on February 17, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. | Photo: Getty Images
In 2006, Bogut was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Four years later, he earned all-league honors after averaging a career-high 15.9 points alongside 10.2 rebounds per game.
Two years later, Bogut was traded to the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, he missed most of 2011 and 2012 with an ankle injury. In 2015, he was named NBA All-Defensive Second Team when he won an NBA championship with the Warriors.
Andrew Bogut at Brisbane Entertainment Center on January 25, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. | Photo: Getty Images
Bogut then helped the Warriors win an NBA-record 73 games in 2015 and 2016. Bogut was later traded to the Dallas Mavericks. He played briefly for the team before other short stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.
Aside from being a great basketball player, Bogut is also a doting father to his two sons.
Andrew Bogut during the game against the Washington Wizards on March 5, 2010 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. | Photo: Getty Images
The basketball player returned to his home country to play for the Sydney King in 2018. He signed back with the Warriors after the end of the 2018-2019 NBL season.
According to a report in April 2020, there's a possibility that Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Toronto Raptors was the last time fans will see him on a professional basketball court.
Andrew Bogut during the round three NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Sydney Kings at Spark Arena on October 20, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. | Photo: Getty Images
This season, Bogut decided not to sign with an NBA team and the National Basketball League in Australia was postponed. The star will likewise not get an opportunity to play in the Summer Olympics after the 2020 games in Japan were delayed to 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the uncertain postponement of sports around the world, Bogut is savoring being pain-free each day. Aside from being a great basketball player, Bogut is also a doting father to his two sons, whom he shared with his wife Jessica.
Andrew Bogut during the round eight NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Sydney Kings at Spark Arena on December 09, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. | Photo: Getty Images
In an interview, Golden State coach Steve Kerr said that having two children completely transformed Bogut. The basketball player is not, at this point a skeptic, Kerr added.
The coach described Bogut as "smart, wise, and fun." He added that Bogut has always been a great individual. Meanwhile, Bogut agrees that being a dad has changed his point of view.