If Bogdan Bogdanovic is leaving Europe, he’s doing so on top. Bogdanovic scored a game-high 17 points in Fenerbahçe’s 80-64 victory over Olympiacos to win the EuroLeague Final. It was Fenerbahçe’s first time winning the EuroLeague title.
Fenerbahçe controlled the game from the start. Former NBA player Ekpe Udoh had a great game on his way to winning the EuroLeague Final Four MVP award, scoring 10 points to go with 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks.
This was Bogdan’s best professional season to date. He emerged as one of Europe’s brightest stars and in 22 games (including the playoffs) averaged 14.6 points on 56.9% from two and 43% from three with 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals in about 28 minutes a game. He stepped up even more once the playoffs began and now has the opportunity to prove himself at the game’s highest level.
Thanks to Sacramento’s draft day trade with Phoenix last year, the Kings have the exclusive right to begin negotiating with Bogdanovic once the NBA’s free agent period begins. His contract does contain a buyout but that likely won’t stop him from coming to the NBA. With a championship under his belt, he also doesn’t have anything left to prove in Europe.
Should the Kings manage to bring Bogdanovic over, he’ll likely be expected to begin contributing right away. Unlike Sacramento’s other yet-to-be-drafted rookies, he has years of professional experience and could challenge for an eventual starting spot. There will be an adjustment period of course, but he’s clearly a very talented individual and that’s exactly what the Kings need right now.