Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut in "How Not to Dunk"
Andrew Bogut was drafted in 2005 by the Milwaukee Bucks, the first overall pick after a solid career at the University of Utah. He was considered a bit of a bust early on, because he had been an "o.k." center for most of his career, and was certainly far from justifying his draft position.
This season, it seemed like that was starting to change, and that Bogut was truly starting to hit his stride as a legitimate top-level, low-post threat. He recorded his 38th double-double of the season Friday night, and was second only to Dwight Howard in blocks.
Then last night happened:
As you can see, Bogut caught a long pass in stride from Carlos Delfino on the fast break. Bogut is a big man, so he barely needed to jump to dunk the ball. Unfortunately, he didn't think about the fact that he was cruising downcourt, which meant that when he dunked the ball his hands and arms stopped, but the rest of his body kept going.
We've seen this in games before. By the time Bogut lets go of the rim, he's horizontal, and tries to brace against the fall with his right arm. Given his large size, along with gravity, his arm is no match and dislocates completely backwards underneath him.
So far, the injury seems to look worse than it is. Initial reports are that x-rays came back negative, though I'd be surprised if he didn't do some amount of ligament damage.
Bogut may indeed be o.k. and return sooner than later, and the team can absorb this blow a lot better now than they could have before they added John Salmons.
However,with their remaining centers consisting of the dynamic trio of Kurt "Expiring Contract" Thomas, Dan Gadzuric, and Primoz Brezec, theBucks had better hope Bogut gets better soon if they want this dream season to continue past the first round of the playoffs.