It easy to forget sometimes that Andrew Bogut, the 7'0" Australian center for the Golden State Warriors, was the number one draft pick back in 2005, ahead of the likes of Chris Paul and Andrew Bynum.
However, during the Golden State Warriors' 110-77 victory in game two of the NBA Finals over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, the 31-year-old gave everyone a timely reminder of his sensational but perhaps unsung talents.
Bogut recorded five blocks in the blowout victory to help the Warriors to a commanding 2-0 series lead in their bid to retain the Larry O'Brien trophy. He laid down four of those blocks in the first 7:15 of the tie and he was greeted with a standing ovation when he came out with 3:50 left in the first quarter.
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As you can see in the embedded video, the Warriors pivot set the tone with a monster stop of Tristan Thompson in the first, and Stephen Curry would drop a three-pointer on the subsequent possession to give the Warriors a one-point lead that they never looked back from.
In fact, Bogut had more blocks on his own than Cleveland managed overall. The Cavs could only manage a third of the rim protection the reigning NBA champions produced with three blocks to the Warriors' nine.
Bogut was the catalyst for Golden State's dominant display and although he only added two points to the 110-point haul, he did contribute six rebounds to show he is perfectly happy getting his hands dirty.
Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry garner far more publicity than the former Milwaukee Bucks man, who is still yet to make an All-Star appearance.
It's easy to see why he's overshadowed; with their silky shooting and animated antics, it makes sense that they have become celebrities in their own right, even off of the hardwood.
But, make no mistake, Bogut is just as vital to the Warriors five as those three. Without his screens and his defensive protection, there's little doubt that Steve Kerr's men wouldn't be the potent force they are today.
The 2011 blocks leader's role in the record-setting 73-win season this term hasn't been celebrated like some of his other teammates and he hasn't been putting up career numbers either, but the Melbourne-born star executes his role in a cohesive unit perfectly and is part of the reason why the Warriors are lauded as such a great team.
Every great side needs those players. He may not be as glamorous or aesthetically pleasing as some of the Splash Bros extraordinary shooting, but he does perform vital jobs that help the rest of the team reach the levels that they do.
It's no coincidence that since Bogut made his way to Golden State via a trade in 2012 they have enjoyed massive success. If he keeps up this kind of defence, he'll bag his second NBA title in as many years, too.