Andrew Bogut: Number One Pick Derailed by a Horrifying Elbow Injury
Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut made waves for being the first Australian ever taken first overall in the NBA Draft. Coming out of the University of Utah, the Melbourne native was named college player of the year and was taken first overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2005 Draft. He was named to the All-Rookie first team with the Bucks, and showed signs of being a dominant player on both sides of the ball. However, a major elbow injury derailed his career for over a year and sent him on a path to being regarded as an “injury prone” player.
A Rough Night in Milwaukee
The Bucks were already on their way to the NBA playoffs when they met the Phoenix Suns on April 3rd, 2010. While driving toward the basket on a fast break, Bogut was pushed from behind by Suns player Amare Stoudemire, causing Bogut to fall to the ground in a way that bent his elbow at a freakish angle. Watching the video, it is immediately clear that Bogut was badly hurt, but the extent of the damage wasn’t made clear until he got to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken hand and a badly dislocated elbow. The Bucks announced that he would be out for the rest of the season, which put a serious damper on their championship hopes. The Bucks would go on to lose their first round series with the Hawks in seven games.
Bogut Moves On
It took over a year for Bogut to recover from his injury, and after another freakish and very serious injury- this time to his ankle- he was traded to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis. The move was considered risky, as now by this point Bogut was viewed as an “injury prone” player. However, Bogut has played well for the Warriors,and even grabbed 21 rebounds in a 2013 playoff game. The Warriors are now, as of this writing, 15-2 and tied for first place in the Western Conference standings.
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