Warriors Re-Sign Center Andris Biedrins To Multi-Year Contract

July 27, 2008
Warriors Re-Sign Center Andris Biedrins To Multi-Year Contract
22 Year-Old Grabbed An NBA Season-High 26 Rebounds vs. NY Last Season

The Golden State Warriors have re-signed center Andris Biedrins to a multi-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

“We’re extremely happy to have Andris under contract for many years to come,” said Mullin. “He is clearly one of the top young centers in the NBA and, much like the young player we signed a few days ago (Monta Ellis), he has continued to improve every season. It’s not easy to find quality young big men in this league, but we certainly think we have one of them and he’s only 22 years old.”

Biedrins, 22, appeared in 76 games with Golden State last season, posting career-high averages in scoring (10.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg). Additionally, he led the NBA in field goal percentage (.626), ranked 11th in rebounds and grabbed an NBA season-high 26 boards on January 27 vs. New York. The 6’11” native of Latvia registered a career-best 27 double-doubles (points/rebounds), including a career-high seven consecutive to end the season (averaged 16.0 points and 15.7 rebounds over the final seven games last season). Additionally, he averaged 13.8 points and 13.4 rebounds when logging at least 30 minutes per game last season (30 times) and was the lone player to rank among the NBA’s top 11 in rebounding while averaging less than 30 minutes per game (27.3).

“I’m really excited to remain with the Warriors and continue my NBA career in the Bay Area,” said Biedrins. “The organization and fans have been terrific to me over the last four years and I’m looking forward to building on some of the success that we’ve had in the last couple of years. I’d also like to thank our owner, Chris Cohan, for the commitment that he has made to me.”

Originally selected by the Warriors in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft (11th overall), Biedrins has increased his scoring and rebounding averages during each of his four years in the NBA. He has grabbed 15 or more rebounds 29 times in his career and has registered five or more blocked shots on eight occasions. Overall, Biedrins has averaged 7.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in 256 career NBA games with Golden State.




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