Monday, June 27th, 2011 at 4:50 pm  |  17 responses

Can Andris Biedrins Return to Form?

by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

At 25 years old, Andris Biedrins is—hypothetically—entering the prime of his career. Three seasons ago, Biedrins was emerging as one of the best pivots in the League, a 7-footer with world class athleticism, a double-double machine and a crucial piece of the Warriors epic 2007 Playoff run.

Then things got weird.

A series of injuries combined with a drop in confidence resulted in his game taking a meteoric plummet into the world of ‘lost potential.’

But now the Houston Rockets believe they can resurrect the Latvian big man.

From the Bay Area News Group:

“For Warriors fans, who have been hoping for Biedrins’ departure for some time, that means the Warriors just may be able to move Biedrins. That was once thought to be impossible considering the drastic decline in his production and the three years, $27 million he has left on his contract. But apparently, Houston is a taker.


I’ve been told the Rockets have offered Hasheem Thabeet and Jordan Hill. Haven’t confirmed if they were offered as a package, but the figures add up.”

Seven-footers with Biedrins’ skill set are far and few between, and if he’s able to get his body and his mind back on track, he could return to his days of corralling loose rebounds and being an active defensive presence. With a limited supply of agile big men in the League, there will certainly be teams willing to take on his contract and attempt to resurrect his talent.

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Hasheem Thabeet and Jordan Hill? How does that work? Biedrins makes 12 Million a year, those two combine for 5-6Mill….how can that be the offer?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh Biedrins makes 9.00 Million. My Bad. — Who would start, Biedrins or Hayes?

  • 6marjons

    biedrins didnt have form

  • add

    didn’t he shoot like 35% from the ft line last season?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Don’t know for sure, but it awful..

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @add – 32%. And a dismal 16% (!!!) from the free throw line one year.
    But this dude when healthy and confident can do his thing.
    12 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.5 blocks in just 30 minutes a game in ’08-’09.

  • http://google J-Ro

    @ Enigmatic- Dont forget that he “shooots” well over 60% from the field.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    lol I thought an SLAM article earlier today already shot down this rumour?

  • greg

    he can obviously play better its just up to him whether he wants to put the work in. Hes already inked a deal so money the only thing motivating him is really pride, hopefully thats enough

  • JL

    yah not sure if this is happening but thabeet and udoh would be a good shotblocking duo.

  • iLLwiLL

    Have you seen this man shoot free throws? I’m willing to bet an entire piece of fried fish that Rick Barry is not pleased with THAT form.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Please go to Houston. He’s just what they need. And we all know big men go to waste in Golden State.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nellie had a lot to do with Biedrins’ implosion. McHale will definitely help resurrect the big fella’s career. He would’ve been great under Adelman’s tutelage too.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Wow hard to believe he’s only 25, he’d be a great fit with the Knicks as their defensive anchor.

  • elmaar

    his game is/was all about great mobility, effort, hustle and energy and when he got the money those things became average plus playing suddenly on bad team might have been a factor as well
    so yes biedrins most definately can get back to where he was all he needs is just a change of scenery, and he might not even need to switch places, all depends on how he and mark jackson jell, nonetheless I would like him to get a fresh start somewhere else

  • 6marjons

    the year he posted ‘decent’ numbers he was the only centre the team had

  • davidR

    teddy, nellie helped make andris what he is. for some reason though, he’s been playing like isht ever since he got injured a few years back. him shooting an abysmal ft% was because the warriors barely had enough healthy players to make a team, and andris had to play despite having a really bad injury