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Andrew Bogut debuts for Sydney Kings

Andrew Bogut, Sydney Kings

Former Los Angeles Lakers big man Andrew Bogut recently made his debut with the Sydney Kings in a match-up against Japan’s National Team. Though he only played a short stint, the former No. 1 overall pick posted some solid numbers.

Bogut logged just 15 minutes of playing time against Japan, but his impact was evident. In those 15 minutes of action, the Melbourne native racked up four points, six rebounds and a game-high six assists.

Bogut’s first bucket came in the form of a left-handed floater. The crowd immediately began cheering in response, as those were his first points as a member of the Sydney Kings.

Sydney managed to carry the day, 77-57. The Kings gave up just 19 points with Bogut on the floor in the first half. However, with the seven-footer on the bench in the second half, the Kings allowed 38.

“I was always just trying to ease into it,” Bogut said via nbcsports.com. “I haven’t played a game since January.

“When I played with the Lakers, I wasn’t getting a lot of minutes,” Bogut continued. “It was my first organized hit-out in seven months, so I just wanted to go as hard as I could in the first half.

“There’s going to be games in the NBL season when I’m not going to be the leading scorer, I’m not going to be the leading rebound getter,” Bogut said in closing. “But I know`I’m going to still have an impact on the game just because I’m out there.”

Bogut, now 33 years of age, spent time with several different teams throughout his career in the NBA, including the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Lakers. In 694 career games played in the league, he holds averages of 9.8 points on 53.5 percent shooting from the field, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.6 blocks in 28.4 minutes per outing.

All things considered, it’s nice to see Bogut back on the floor.