Much like the NBA playoffs going on now, the EuroLeague playoffs have also started and they feature potential future Kings talent. Bogdan Bogdanovic, whom the Kings acquired the rights to in last summer’s draft day trade with Phoenix, is one of the brightest stars in Europe and led his team Fenerbahce Istanbul to victory in Game 1 of their series against Panathanaikos Superfoods Athens (catchy name).
Bogdanovic was the star of the game, totaling 23 points (including 5 of 6 from three), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals.
Kings rookie center Georgios Papagiannis was in attendance, watching his former team Panathanaikos in action as well as getting a look at a potential future teammate. While Bogdanovic has yet to publicly commit to a future in the NBA, all indications seem to be that he will be coming over this year as he’s now eligible to sign a regular contract instead of being bound to a rookie deal. Papagiannis sure seems to think so as well, telling a Greek radio show:
““As far as I know, he [Bogdanovic] will come to Sacramento this summer. At least that’s what people of the team say.”
The EuroLeague playoffs will take place over three rounds. This first round is a best of five format and the winner of the series will move on to face the winner of Real Madrid and Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul. Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow currently have the best odds to win the whole thing according to European sportsbooks but Fenerbahce is right there as well. We could see a lot of Bogdan in the coming weeks, especially if he keeps giving performances like yesterday. Fenerbahce’s next game is on Thursday.