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.