Twenty-four year old Bojan Bogdanovic is considered by most scouts to be the second best player in all over Europe, behind Nikola Mirotic. At 6’8″, Bojan is a terrific three-point shooter (over 40% the last two years for his Turkish Club) and has great size on the perimeter. It has been reported by SNY that their is a “95% chance” that Bojan will be in Brooklyn black at the beginning of next season, something that didn’t seem realistic as recently as three weeks ago due to a complicated buy-out situation with his contract.
Some scouts have compared him to Peja Stojakavic because of his deft shooting stroke, while others have mentioned the name Paul Pierce because of how crafty he is off the dribble and at creating space for himself. The conclusion from most? He is a terrific, complete offensive player who struggles defensively. Watch these highlights and decide for yourself. Whatever the case may be, he should be able to provide the Nets with two things they lacked last season: three point shooting and the depth on the wing.
From NBADRAFT.net (prior to his breakout season last year):
“Strengths: Bojan Bogdanovic is a versatile player who can score in lots of different ways. He has a good combination of height and body frame that should allow him to compete with NBA small forwards physically … He can attack the rim effectively with his quick first step, which allows him to beat his immediate defender quite easily … His mid-range game is a continuous threat because he has a good pull up jumper with confidence … He has NBA range on his 3-point shot, and is becoming more adept at putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket …
Weaknesses: He’s an average athlete by NBA standards and he lacks lateral quickness … For these reasons he could struggle against NBA SG and SF on the defensive side … Even if he has a complete offensive game he doesn’t excel in any specific area, limiting his effectiveness for the NBA … Furthermore he is 22, so his upside is limited compared to other players …”
Based on his play last season, some have speculated that Bogdanovic might be a top 10 overall pick had he come out in this year’s draft as apposed to last year’s, where the Nets stole him at the beginning of round two. What type of impact might he have on the Brooklyn Nets during the 2013-3014 season?
We’ll have plenty of time to speculate.