Posted December 16, 2013

Video: Andrew Bogut runs point, hits Stephen Curry with behind-the-back feed

Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors, Rob Mahoney, Stephen Curry

Golden State’s Andrew Bogut is one of the few centers in the league with the freedom to bring the ball up the court in transition, and he made full, impressive use of that privilege Sunday night. With just eight seconds remaining before halftime of the Warriors’ game against the Suns, Bogut secured a defensive rebound and — without hesitation — looked to move the ball up the floor.

Three Suns converged on his position — as tends to be the case when opponents spot a questionable ball handler in transition — but Bogut got the best of them with a timely, accurate, behind-the-back pass to a wide-open Stephen Curry. After taking a moment to set his feet, Curry knocked down a three-pointer and completed the assist.

Bogut has long found success as one of the better passing bigs in the league, though he typically does so in more static fashion. He’ll make the right play out of the post after drawing a double. He’ll kick the ball to an open shooter after pulling in the defense as a pick-and-roll.

This, on the other hand, is much more of a Blake Griffin trademark — the big man masquerading as a guard in the open court, beating smaller players at their own game. I don’t know that it’s something Bogut should draw on save for ticking-clock situations like this one, but on this occasion he certainly made a pass with a high degree of difficulty look rather simple.

5 comments
worldofmatt
worldofmatt

Did anyone notice that Curry appears to travel before making the 3, and then flops after shooting?  Kinda ruined it for me.

worldofmatt
worldofmatt

Did anyone else notice that Curry appears to travel before the shot and then flop?  Kinda killed it for me.

Udaho
Udaho

@worldofmatt Bet he wanted to get a 4 point play. Hope Bogut regains his prime level of play, because 10-10 is not enough for this guy.