Andrew Bogut has become, without doubt, the greatest Australian NBA player of all time.
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The only Australian to be the first overall pick of an NBA Draft (2005).
The only Australian to be apart of an All-NBA team (2010).
Bogut was a member of the prestigious AIS basketball program before becoming an international basketball sensation after being named the MVP of the 2003 FIBA Junior World Championships in Greece. He led Australia to the title while putting up unreal numbers, Bogut averaged 26.3 points, 17.0 rebounds 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game.
Bogut turned down a 2 million dollar offer from Cibona Zagreb (Croatia) after the tournament to play for Utah in the NCAA in hopes of increasing his stock for the NBA draft.
This appears to have been the best move as during his time in Utah he won NCAA’s National Player of the Year award, becoming the only Australian to have ever done this.
The “Bogeyman” as he has been known as one of the top defensive centres in the NBA his entire career, be it in Milwaukee or Golden State. It’s this defensive presence which has allowed Australia to remain one of the elite basketball nations on the international stage.
Player Trivia: Andrew Bogut idolised Drazen Petrovic and Toni Kukoc, both Croatian born players as a kid.