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Andrew Bogut

Andrew Michael Bogut (born 28 November 1984) is an Australian professional basketball player. He plays for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.

Bogut was selected first overall by the Bucks in the 2005 NBA Draft. The 7'0", 260 lb (2.13 m, 111 kg) forward/center was a star at the University of Utah for two years before declaring for the draft. Bogut is the first Australian to be drafted first overall.

Early years

Bogut was born to Croatian immigrants in Melbourne, Victoria. As a 15-year-old, he was cut from the Victoria junior state representative team. That experience apparently drove him to improve; he later went on to attend the Australian Institute of Sport. In his last season at AIS, he averaged 29 points and 14.5 rebounds. He went on to lead the Australian team that won the 2003 FIBA Junior World Championships, and was named the tournament MVP.

College years

As a freshman at Utah in 2003-04, he barely missed averaging a double-double for the season with 12.5 points and 9.9 rebounds, and was named Freshman of the Year in the Mountain West Conference. During the summer, he was a starter for the Boomers at the 2004 Athens Olympics, averaging 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocked shots and shooting 58.0% from the field.

After his solid though unspectacular freshman season, he did not even receive an honorable mention on the pre-season All-America team for the 2004-05 season. However, he had a true breakout season as a sophomore. Bogut averaged 20.4 points, 12.2 rebounds (second in Division I), 2.3 assists, and 1.8 blocks, and shot 62.0% from the field (eighth in Division I). He also led Division I in double-doubles, with 26.

After the 2004-05 NCAA season, Bogut was the leading vote-getter on the AP All-America team and won most major national individual awards, earning Player of the Year honors from the Associated Press and ESPN.com, plus the Naismith and Wooden Awards. Bogut is the first non-U.S. player ever to win either award.

NBA career

Bogut finished a successful rookie season with the Bucks averaging 9.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg. He was named to the 2005-06 All-Rookie First Team and finished third in votes for the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award. Bogut was also the only top-10 pick from the 2005 draft to start for his team in the 2006 NBA Playoffs.

Bogut's sophomore season in the league was cut short after spraining his left foot and being put on the injured reserve for the final 15 games. He had previously fought off any injury to play in 153 consecutive games. He showed improvement in his second year in the league as he averaged 12.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Bogut is considered one of the best passing centers in the league, having averaged 3.0 assists per game in the 2006-07 season. His per 48 minute average of 4.2 was better than a number of point-guards, naturally expected to distribute the ball. In the 2007-08 NBA season the Australian center showed career highs in points (14.3), rebounds (9.8), blocks (1.7), steals (0.8.) and minutes (34.9) per game. Also in the 2007/08 season Bogut started a career high 78 times. The low point of his second season in the NBA came when he made an obscene gesture towards a home fan after being ejected from a game for a flagrant foul against the Toronto Raptors at the Bradley Center. The move would cost him $25,000.

Career highs

  • Points – 29 @ Phoenix, 13 January 2008
  • Field Goals Made – 14 @ Phoenix, 13 January 2008
  • Field Goals Attempted – 20 @ New York, 23 February 2007
  • Three Point Field Goals Made – 1 @ Phoenix, 1 December 2006
  • Three Point Field Goals Attempted – 1, 12 Times
  • Free Throws Made – 7 vs. Sacramento, 4 November 2006
  • Free Throws Attempted – 9, 2 times
  • Offensive Rebounds – 9, 2 times
  • Defensive Rebounds – 15 @ Philadelphia, 12 January 2007
  • Total Rebounds – 24 @ Philadelphia, 12 January 2007
  • Assists – 8 vs. Toronto, 12 March 2007
  • Steals – 4 vs. Cleveland, 1 January 2007
  • Blocks – 5, 3 times
  • Minutes Played – 50 @ New Orleans/Oklahoma City, 8 February 2007

International career

Bogut was a starter for the Boomers at the 2004 Athens Olympics, averaging 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocked shots and shooting 58.0% from the field. He represented Australia again in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Australia advanced to the Round of 16, before losing to the U.S.. Bogut averaged 12.8 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game during the tournament, leading Australia in both categories. Bogut was a starter for the Boomers at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Trivia

  • Bogut has a reported 7'5" wingspan. His official NBA measurement was 7'3".
  • His college career high in assists was 7.
  • The University of Utah made history with Bogut's #1 selection in the 2005 NBA draft. Earlier that year, Utah quarterback Alex Smith was the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. Utah became the first school to have athletes drafted #1 overall to both the NFL and the NBA in the same year.
  • In the summer of 2007, Bogut drew some controversy when he made comments about the culture of the NBA, stating, "The public's got it right, a lot of NBA stars are arrogant and like to spend lots of money and have lots of girlfriends and all that." Bogut's comments were widely criticized by NBA players, including teammate Michael Redd.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

|- | align="left" | 2005–06 | align="left" | Milwaukee | 82 || 77 || 28.6 || .533 || .000 || .629 || 7.0 || 2.3 || .6 || .8 || 9.4 |- | align="left" | 2006–07 | align="left" | Milwaukee | 66 || 66 || 34.2 || .553 || .200 || .577 || 8.8 || 3.0 || .7 || .5 || 12.3 |- | align="left" | 2007–08 | align="left" | Milwaukee | 78 || 78 || 34.9 || .511 || .000 || .587 || 9.8 || 2.6 || .8 || 1.7 || 14.3 |- | align="left" | Career | align="left" | | 226 || 221 || 32.4 || .530 || .067 || .596 || 8.5 || 2.6 || .7 || 1.0 || 11.9 |}

Playoffs

|- | align="left" | 2005–06 | align="left" | Milwaukee | 5 || 5 || 34.4 || .435 || .000 || .375 || 6.2 || 3.4 || .6 || .0 || 8.6 |- | align="left" | Career | align="left" | | 5 || 5 || 34.4 || .435 || .000 || .375 || 6.2 || 3.4 || .6 || .0 || 8.6 |}

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