No. 39 Andrew Bogut
Bogut has always taken his time. He was an aforementioned late-bloomer as a teenager before becoming a world-level talent as a junior. His freshman season at Utah was inconsistent, before a sophomore season where he was the Wooden Award winner. Now there’s his professional career, where perhaps at times he was passive offensively, his aggression not evident enough. But that came. Last year he took more shots than ever, passed less, blocked more shots, and was overall a firmer presence inside. He led the Bucks (and was among the league leaders) in rebounding and blocks, placed second in scoring, and his team made the Playoffs for the first time since 2006.
The injury derailed him, there’s no doubt about it. He watched Milwaukee’s first round series with Atlanta from the bench with his arm in a contraption; by mid-summer, full range of motion in that right arm was yet to be experienced. The doubters, once again, are lining up.