First Aussie: Andrew Bogut named 3rd-team All-NBA

Andrew Bogut Named to All-NBA Third Team

He didn’t make the cut on the All-defensive teams but Andrew Bogut‘s break-out season didn’t go unrecognized.  The Milwaukee Bucks have an All-Pro center for the first time since Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

Bogut today joined Orlando’s Dwight Howard and Suns forward/center Ama’re Stoudemire as the league’s All-NBA centers, becoming the first Australian player ever voted All-Pro.  Bogut was voted 3rd-team All-NBA by the league’s media, receiving the 11th-highest vote total (149) and finishing ahead of big men Tim Duncan and Pau Gasol.

Bogues averaged 15.9 pts, 10.2 rebs and was 2nd in the NBA to Howard in blocked shots (2.5 per game). The league’s two best centers were the only players to average more than 15 pts, 10 boards and 2 blocks per game. …  Bogut was also 2nd to Howard in defensive rating and 9th in defensive rebounding % and total rebound %. 

More importantly, the Bucks were 40-29 in AB’s 69 games and are finally poised to become a force in the East, five seasons after drafting the 7-footer #1 overall out of the University of Utah (2005).

Kareem (1970 draft) is the only other Bucks #1 overall pick to win All-NBA honors. Center Kent Benson (1977) and forward Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson (1994) never achieved it, though the Dog was a two-time All-Star. 

Bogut becomes the 9th All-Pro in Bucks history. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 5 times: 1st Team (1971-74); 2nd Team (1970)

Sidney Moncrief, 5 times: 1st Team (1983); 2nd Team (1982, 1984-86)

Marques Johnson, 3 times: 1st Team (1979); 2nd Team (1980-81)

Terry Cummings, 2 times: 2nd Team (1985); 3rd Team (1989)

Oscar Roberston: 2nd Team, 1970 1971

Vin Baker: 3rd Team, 1997

Ray Allen: 3rd Team, 2001

Michael Redd: 3rd Team, 2004

Andrew Bogut: 3rd Team, 2010

Note:  3rd Team All-NBA didn’t exist until 1989.

14 thoughts on “First Aussie: Andrew Bogut named 3rd-team All-NBA

  1. Kevin

    Other Bob Boozer jinxed guys, whose careers spiraled downward or never took off when coming to Milwaukee: Anthony Avent, Armon Gilliam, Robert Traylor and Anthony Mason.

  2. J.D. Mo. Post author

    There were three George Johnsons, one of them the guy who played one season for the Bucks (1978-79) as a rookie, a 6’7″ forward who was rugged enough to play the PF. At the time, the Bucks didn’t know whether Meyers would ever play again, so they drafted George out of St. John’s. He was a good player but struggled some his rookie season. When Meyers returned to play the following season, Nellie thought he was doing George a favor by kinda “renting” him to Denver … where George had a strong sophomore season. Here’s George’s career line:
    http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/j/johnsge03.html
    A season later, when Meyers retired for religious reasons, Nellie wanted George back from Denver but George didn’t want to play here anymore. So Nellie traded him to Indiana for another Johnson – Mickey.

    And of course, George and Mickey were to play in the front court with another Johnson — our star, Marques — which makes for a lot of Johnsons in Milwaukee in the late 1970’s early 1980’s, and two Georges in the league, our Bob Boozer Jinxed guy from St. John’s and 6’11” George who you were thinking of, Kevin, who played 1973-1986 for quite a few teams, the Spurs in the early 1980s.
    A lot of Johnsons.

  3. Kevin

    Correction, that was another George Johnson with the Spurs, former Warrior center, the only player I know of to block Kareem’s sky hook. Thought you would have caught that, J. D. Also, he played against yet another George Johnson early in his career.

  4. Kevin

    Ironically, Restani and Johnson were later teammates on San Antonio’s Bruise Brothers. I liked Scott Lloyd, too.
    Mickey Davis backed up Dandridge, he averaged around six ppg in limited minutes. He started at guard against Boston in the 74 finals when Ron Williams was unable to cope with Boston’s press. Costello decided to play bigger, leaving experienced but newly acquired Dick Garrett on the bench. The next season, Eddie called Mickey and Steve Kuberski Hustle and Muscle when they were both in the game. Mickey is Brad Davis’ older brother.

  5. J.D. Mo. Post author

    I had defense and rebounding in mind. Benson was terrible and Gianelli was soft. Listening to Doucette on the radio broadcasts, I remember that they didn’t expect much scoring from Restani but he surprised everybody by coming off the bench and hitting shots, posted his best year. Too bad the Bucks didn’t keep him — he might’ve helped solve some of their playoff problems with the Sonics in 1980 and the Sixers 1981-83.

    I remember George Johnson being a bright spot in his rookie year. In any case, that was a team led in rebounding by its All-Pro small forward, Marques.

    Good All-Hustle team, though Mickey Davis was before my time. And yes, I too can still see the good in Gadzuric. It’s difficult to think of any guards who deserve mention — Sidney Moncrief might be the most deserving.

  6. Kevin

    We must have watched different games. That guy would shoot from downtown, was compared to Mel Counts, with an occasional reverse layup. Anyway, Restani and Meyers make my all time Bucks Hustle Team, along with Gadzuric, Mickey Davis and Larry Krystkowiak. No guards, so I used All Rookie Team rules.

  7. J.D. Mo. Post author

    Yep, that’s why we loved Restani — best big man the Bucks had with Benson and Gianelli (playing a lot of forward and the Bucks missing Meyers badly) not gettin it done in the paint. Those guys weren’t hurt in 1978-79 (although, when was Benson not damaged in some way?) so much as simply not very good, and pretty bad defenders.
    Restani was the bright spot down low.

  8. Kevin

    I didn’t know he died, man, sorry to hear.
    He played mostly power forward his first years, and he could shoot. I attended games at the Arena when he backed up Meyers. Walt Wesley and Cornell Warner backed up Kareem, Kevin played a lot along side him. He lacked quickness but made up for it with hustle. In 78-79, he started many games at center because of inuries, as you mentioned, and because John Gianelli was even worse than before.
    The Bucks waived him after one month of the 77-78 season because that is when the rosters were reduced to 11. They went back to 12 in 81-82. He was beaten out by Scott Lloyd, who was also waived eventually. Rich Laurel was waived and the final spot was taken by ex ABA center Jim Eakins, who may have been the best center on that team.
    Gary Brokaw played with Kareem, but was traded early in 76-77. That guy could play, but his career never took off.

  9. J.D. Mo. Post author

    RIP Kevin Restani. A big ol’ burly center with long, curly hair. He seemed to fit in perfectly on the young, free-flying Bucks, beards, afros and long hair in the late 1970’s. The Bucks were one of the hippest- looking teams in the NBA.
    The thing about Restani that stood out, though, was that he was the last remaining player from the Kareem era — everybody else was new. Restani had backed Jabbar up when he was rookie and played a couple of years here after the trade before the Bucks waived him in 1977 (Kent Benson’s rookie year). “Green and Growing” wasn’t just a theme — out with the old, in with the new, whether your name was Dandridge or Restani.

    But it didn’t take long to realize that Benson was going to be a bust, and Restani was much welcome help when the Bucks were able to resign him before the ’78-79 season. Eddie Doucette called him “Big Bird.”

    Restani died about five weeks ago, on April 26, apparent heart attack. According to the Bucks press release, Restani was just returning home to San Francisco after attending Game 3 of Bucks-Hawks series in Milwaukee.

  10. Kevin

    Meyers was the key, he also missed much of the disastrous 76-77 season. Marques really arrived in his second season after a decent rookie year. Quinn Buckner struggled so bad they had to sign Norm Van Lier. Brian Winters was a warrior and Kevin Restani’s return was forgettable. That was their third 38 win season in five years. Although they were consistent, the circumstances were extremely different. It was a great accomplishment in 75-76, a major letdown in 74-75 and a step backwards in 78-79.

  11. J.D. Mo. Post author

    “What’s wrong with the Sixers?” was becoming a mantra by then. The old “If we only had Doug Collins healthy” excuse was wearing out. Seven games behind the Bullets in the Atlantic Division despite all that talent. (Collins has made his long-awaited comeback, you might say, now that he’ll be coaching them.)

    The Bucks won just 38 in the West (tougher at the time) but Marques was receiving a lot of attention. In addition to 1st-Team All-NBA he was voted to start for the West in the ’79 All-Star game. Great stats (25.7 pts and 7.4 rebs) but that was, indeed, the season to pile it on. Meyers out with the bad back, Alex English gone to the Pacers and Kent Benson busting in the Land of the Giants … A fun, wide-open season for Marques and Brian and Junior, and Ernie Grunfeld, too!

  12. Kevin

    1979 definitely was a good year for our forwards. Philly won 47 games, which was below expectations, although Dr. J’s stats were overall close with Dandridge’s. So they just voted for the player who’s team won more games. The Sixers were eliminated by San Antonio in the Eastern Semis. The Spurs then blew a 3-1 series lead against the Bullets. Without Mitch Kupchak, the Bullets lost in 5 to Seattle.

  13. J.D. Mo. Post author

    Fixed. I still wonder how many times Marques and Bobby Dandridge (and the Big O, too) might have made All-Pro had there been a 3rd Team when they played.

    Dandridge was never honored as a Buck though it’s interesting to note that in 1979 one of the other All-Pro forwards in the league was Bobby Dandridge of the defending champion Bullets. Marques (nearly 26 pts per game for the Bucks in his 2nd season) and Bullets big forward Elvin Hayes were the first team forwards; Dandridge and Walter Davis of the Suns were the 2nd team forwards.

    Larry Bird was still in college but where was Dr. J? The Sixers had acquired Bobby Jones and were once again favorites to get back to the Finals. But, once again, they couldn’t get past Hayes and Unseld and Dandridge and the Bullets in the East.

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