Here's a guy who has all the tools to be an NBA star. He has the post moves of Kevin McHale and the athleticism run the floor and finish at the basket like Tom Chambers. He can also bang down low on both sides of the court similar to Bill Lambeer and has shown the on court acumen, the saavy, and the ball handling skills of Vlade Divac. So how come a guy with all these tools has yet to make any impact in the league whatsoever in five years?
When the Milwaukee Bucks picked Andrew Bogut with first overall pick in 2005, the Bucks believed that they had a bonafide franchise center that would bring them back into playoff glory and possibly an NBA Title. Bogut certainly had all the right credentials. While at the University of Utah, Bogut lead his team in scoring (20.4ppg), rebounding (12.2), and blocked shots (1.8). He also shot .620 from the field, dished out 2.3 assists per game and posted 26 double doubles, the most in Division 1 basketball in the 2005 season.
Bogut won numerous awards and accolades while at college by both the Associated Press and the NCAA as well. They included a first team All American Selection, the Naismith College Player of the Year, the John Wooden Award the Oscar Robertson trophy. He also made his mark on the international stage when he played for the Austrailian National Team in the 2004 Summer Olympics where his averaged 14.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks whilst shooting .580 from the field. The man literally had the word "franchise player" written all over.
Unfortunately after five years in the league, he has yet to show the superstar potential nor the dominance he displayed in the college and international ranks. His rookie season was rather non-descript just posting only 9 points and 7 boards a game. Since then he has shown little or nothing in terms of All Star worthy performances. At max, he has shown no signs of being a franchise players at all and basically has settled to be a just servicable starting center at best--not exactly what's expected by the first overall pick of the NBA Draft.
And what's worse is that he has shown no signs or desire to elevate his game and using his gifts and athletic abilities to their full potential. He's just fine settling on just being a background players defering to less talented players like Brandon Jennings who couldn't make a jumper to save his life. One can go as far as calling Andrew Bogut "the White Derrick Coleman"--a player with so much talent and abilty who only plays good enough and just gets his check in the mail. That's such a waste.
One can only hope that he finally decides to wake up and become the All Star center that the Milaukee Bucks' GM envisioned him to be. He did show some promise last year when he led the lead in blocked shots and ranked amongst the top 5 in rebounds per game, but he still has yet to show any signs of wanting to take his game to the next level. One can argue that his numerous injuries has held him back as well; however, that seems as more as a cop-out than anything else. Andrew Bogut needs to wake up before history labels him as one of the biggest draft busts in NBA History.