Bucks sign Bogut to multi-year contract extension
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July 11, 2008
|Andrew Bogut Press Conference|
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Bucks have signed center Andrew Bogut (7-0, 260) to a multi-year contract extension, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Entering his fourth NBA season, Bogut has averaged 11.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 blocked shot in 226 career games.
"Andrew has worked very hard to develop into one of the top young centers in the league," said Hammond. "He is a very important part of what we are doing in Milwaukee and we’re excited to announce his contract extension."
Bogut, 23, enjoyed a breakout season for the Bucks last year, posting career-high averages of 14.3 points, 9.8 rebounds (T-11th in NBA), and 1.7 blocks (9th in NBA) in 34.9 minutes per game. He scored double-digits in 63 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 39 games. His 38 double-doubles were tops on the club and ranked 12th best in the NBA. Bogut had 40 games with multiple blocked shots, including 14 games with four or more blocks. He also led the Bucks by playing in 78 games (78 starts).
The first overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft, Bogut was named to the All-Rookie First Team after averaging 9.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 82 games (77 starts). He led all rookies in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage (.533), which was 5th best in the NBA. He was the only rookie starter to lead his team to the playoffs.
Bogut improved in his second season to 12.3 points, a team-high 8.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 34.2 minutes per game. He led the team and was 8th in the NBA in field goal percentage, connecting at a 55.3 percent clip.
"Andrew is a talented and hard-working young player,” Head Coach Scott Skiles said. “I’m happy that the extension is signed for our team and also for Andrew so he can concentrate on playing during the off-season."
Bogut will play for the Australian National Team this summer in the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Since joining Milwaukee, Bogut has engaged the southeastern Wisconsin area with numerous community events including Special Olympics Basketball clinics, Fire Prevention efforts in cooperation with the Milwaukee Fire Department, donating meals to underprivileged families for Thanksgiving, and serving as the Bucks co-spokesman, along with Desmond Mason, for the team’s Read to Achieve initiative that includes the Annual Library Reading Challenge. He is also involved in charitable efforts in his home country of Australia.