Eurobasket 2013: Brooklyn Nets Prospect Bojan Bogdanovic Shows Potential
Earlier this summer, the Brooklyn Nets were trying to work out a buyout of Bojan Bogdanovic from Fenerbahce Ulker in Turkey and to come join the NBA ranks. However, the Nets were unable to get the buyout done, meaning that the 24-year-old guard/forward will be staying in Turkey for this season at least.
However, Brooklyn still owns the draft rights to Bogdanovic after he was selected in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. On the night of the draft his rights were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the Wolves then traded them to the Nets.
While Brooklyn looks to still bring Bogdanovic to the Association sometime in the future, they are getting a good luck at him against international competition at Eurobasket 2013 while he plays for Croatia.
In the first game of the tournament for Croatia, Bogdanovic struggled to get going offensively against a talented Spain team. In 34 minutes of play he put up only 12 points on just 4-15 shooting and 0-6 shooting from three-point range. However, he did add a solid seven rebounds and one steal in a losing effort.
Bogdanovic looked much better in his second game of the tournament, which makes sense as Croatia was matched up against Georgia. In 35 minutes he ended with 15 points on 6-13 shooting and while hitting two of his three attempts from long-range. However, he was much less effective on the glass as he grabbed just one rebound.
The good news for Bogdanovic is that he has shown potential in a few aspects of his game. He’s shown that he can score in a variety of ways and that he has the ability to rebound well at his position. However, it would be better for his prospects if he could put it all together against a quality opponent like he had the opportunity to do against Spain. All in all, though, it’s apparent why the Nets want to bring Bogdanovic to the league.
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