Andrew Bogut has capped off a stellar first
season with the Milwaukee Bucks by being named in the NBA All-Rookie First
Team.

The All-Rookie team is voted on by NBA
coaches, with Bogut earning 55 points, coming in behind only two others – Chris
Paul of the New Orleans Hornets (58 points) and Charlie Villanueva of the
Toronto Raptors (56 points).

The news comes just days after Milwaukee were
eliminated by the Detroit Pistons from the NBA play-offs. The Bucks were
outplayed from the start of the series, losing the fifth game 122-93 to give
the Pistons an unassailable 4-1 lead.

Despite the disappointing end to the
season, Bogut has more than lived up to the expectations placed on the number
one draft pick. He played every game for the Bucks this year, averaging almost
ten points and scoring his career best 24 points against Atlanta just a few
weeks ago. He averaged seven rebounds per game, and twice finished a game with 17.

Alongside the problems created by earning
mountains of cash (ie, it can block the view of the telly), Bogut has admitted
there are aspects of life as a pro-basketballer he’s had to adjust to:
“From day one of the season, it was a big shock. Getting into cities at
3am and playing games the same day is tough. Just
trying to find out when you can get your next nap in and your next meal
becomes
a priority.” Indeed, he’s handled
the off-court pressures with impressive maturity for 21-year-old, even
making
notable contributions to the Milwaukee community.

Fans will also recall Bogut’s indignance at being compared to Luc Longley,
who won multiple championships with the all-conquering “UnforgettaBulls” in the 90s: “I’m not as slow as Luc
Longley, I’m more athletic, I can shoot better, I’m more competitive. So I
think it’s not even fair to bring that name up,” Bogut said when he was
drafted.

Season one backed up those big words, but
he’s got a way to go to surpass Longley as Australia’s
greatest basketball export.

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