March 13, 2012
Warriors Acquire Andrew Bogut From Milwaukee
Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown Headed to Bucks in Five-Player Deal
The Golden State Warriors have acquired center Andrew Bogut and forward Stephen Jackson from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Monta Ellis, forward Ekpe Udoh and center Kwame Brown, it was announced on Tuesday, March 13.
UPDATE: Stephen Jackson has since been traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for forward Richard Jefferson, guard T.J. Ford and a 2012 First Round draft pick. Full Press Release
Bogut, 27, was originally selected by the Bucks with the #1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He was a member of the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team in 2006 and was an All-NBA Third Team selection following the 2009-10 campaign, when he averaged a career-high 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.54 blocked shots. A six-year NBA veteran (all with the Bucks), Bogut has appeared in 12 games this season with Milwaukee, averaging 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.00 blocked shots. He has missed the last 25 contests due to a fractured left ankle. Bogut, a native of Melbourne, Australia, has averaged a double-double (points/rebounds) in each of the last three NBA campaigns and is one of only three players to accomplish this feat, joining Dwight Howard and Zach Randolph. He led the NBA in blocked shots last season (2.59) while averaging a career-best 11.1 rebounds per game. The 7’0’’ center grabbed 20-plus rebounds on three occasions last season, highlighted by a career-best 27 on January 7 vs. Miami (second most in the NBA). Overall, he has averaged 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.60 blocked shots in 408 career NBA outings.
Jackson, 33, has appeared in 26 games with the Bucks this season, averaging 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.00 steals. An 11-year NBA veteran, Jackson has played for seven different NBA teams (New Jersey, San Antonio, Atlanta, Indiana, Golden State, Charlotte and Milwaukee) during his career, including a near three-year stint with the Warriors (2006-07 – 2009-10). The 6’8” forward was a member of Golden State’s playoff run in 2007, when the team became the first number-eight seed to defeat a number-one seed in a best-of-seven series (4-2 over the Dallas Mavericks). Overall, Jackson has appeared in 773 career NBA games, averaging 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
“We’re extremely excited to acquire a player the caliber of Andrew Bogut, who we think is certainly one of the top centers in the NBA,” said General Manager Larry Riley. “He will add an element of toughness to our team and will provide us with scoring, rebounding and a defensive presence in the middle. We’ve lacked those elements in recent years and think that Andrew’s addition will be a key factor in the growth of our team. Stephen Jackson, meanwhile, enjoyed some of his best years in the NBA in the Bay Area and is a veteran who knows how to play on both ends of the floor. The difficult part of this transaction is having to part ways with several players who we really value and one, in particular, Monta Ellis, who has been instrumental in our organization for the last several years. We wish Monta, Ekpe and Kwame the best of luck in Milwaukee and thank them for their many contributions.”
Ellis, 26, currently in his seventh NBA season, has spent the first six years of his career with the Warriors. In 413 games (334 starts) with Golden State, the Mississippi native averaged 19.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per contest. This season, the 6’3’’ guard led the team in scoring (21.9), assists (6.0, career-high), steals (1.51) and minutes (36.9) in 37 starting assignments. Originally selected in the second round (40th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft, Ellis posted career-highs in scoring (25.5) points and steals (2.23) in 2009-10.
Udoh, 24, is currently in his second season with Golden State, averaging 5.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.71 blocks in 38 games (six starts). Originally selected by the Warriors in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft out of Baylor, the 6’10’’ forward has posted career averages of 4.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.57 blocks in 96 games (24 starts).
Brown, 30, joined the Warriors as a free agent this season and played in nine games (three starts) before being sidelined due to a torn right pectoralis suffered on January 10 vs. Miami. Prior to his injury, Brown posted averages of 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per contest. A 10-year NBA veteran, the 6’11’’ center originally was the #1 overall draft pick of the Washington Wizards in the 2001 NBA Draft. In 585 career games (270 starts), Brown has averaged 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.4 minutes of action.