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Bogut, Injured Again, Out For Season?

In General NBA on January 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm

IamaGM.com has the press release

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced the following update on the injury to Andrew Bogut (7-0, 260):

“This morning in Milwaukee, Andrew had additional diagnostic tests performed on his left ankle.  The results of the testing confirmed a left ankle fracture which will keep Bogut sidelined for a period of 8-to-12 weeks.”

The seventh-year center was injured in Wednesday night’s win at Houston (January 25) when his left foot landed awkwardly on a Rockets player’s foot after attempting to block a shot in the first period.  In 12 games this season, Bogut averaged 11.3 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and a team-high 2.0 blocked shots (T-7th in NBA) in 30.0 minutes per contest.

Awful news for the Bucks. They looked to have a good chance of winning that eight seed in the East and making the playoffs this season. This injury will surely wipe that opportunity off the table. The Bucks will go from a borderline playoff team to a sub 30 win (82games) team without Bogut.

Yet another major injury for Bogut and long term concerns have to be raised about his injury proneness.

Also, Andrew Bogut has continued to struggle offensively this year. He continues to show no signs of being able to fully recover from his wrist injury and get back to where he was pre-injury. Bogut remains a very effective player despite of this due to his rebounding and defensive contributions but offensively he has dropped off considerably.

The combination of decreased performance, injury proneness, the large contract and the Bucks struggles to be anything more than a mediocre side in the NBA … must surely lead Milwaukee to begin seriously considering Andrew Bogut’s long term future with the team. To decide whether it may be time to rebuild sans Bogut.

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