Chris Fedor, in a video interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, outlined in great detail the improvements Bogut would make to the Cavs roster for the remainder of the regular season and, quite possibly, the play-offs.
“After failing to find a serviceable replacement for Timofey Mozgov, who got an absurd contract from LA, the Cavs were vulnerable inside and thin in the front court,” Fedor said. “Sure, Channing Frye has size and his offensive ability is paramount, however the team’s defensive rating is a whopping 113.4 with him on the court.
“So even though Bogut is 32, he brings size, toughness and rebounding and defensive instincts. He’s the prototypical rim protector. While he played just 26 games in Dallas, the Mavs boasted a defensive rating of 99.8 with Bogut on the floor. That rating skyrocketed to 110.4 with him off.
“Sure, there are a handful of reasons for this but it shows Bogut is still one of the elite defensive anchors, ranking third in defensive real plus-minus behind just Rudy Gobert and Draymond Green.”
Fedor added: “Bogut is also averaging 8.3 boards per game. That will help in Kevin Love’s absence. He’s a slick passing big man. The no-nonsense Aussie set such menacing screens that opposing fans have whined for years that they are illegal.
“Think of the better looks Kyrie Irving, Kyle Korver and, yes, even J.R. Smith could get with Bogut’s help. The addition gives the Cavs more options. That’s something necessary in the seven-game series. Still, his biggest impact will likely come during the regular season. Beyond that, the usage will be match-up related.”
Two years removed from a 1,500-yard campaign, Marshall struggled last season with a 46.1-percent catch rate and just 788 yards through the air, his second-lowest output since 2007. If Father Time is catching up with the talented wideout, last year’s issues were also tied to a functionally broken Jets offense that cycled through quarterbacks and outscored only the lowly Browns and Rams.