What an amazing summer it’s been for Bogdan Bogdanovic. He started off with winning both the EuroLeague and Turkish League championships with his former club Fenerbahce, signed the biggest contract for a rookie in NBA history, and then almost carried Serbia to a Eurobasket gold medal before falling just short to Slovenia.
Bogdanovic was the clear best player on a Serbian team that was missing several of its usual suspects (Milos Teodosic, Nikola Jokic, etc.). Bogdanovic averaged 20.4 points, 5 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game in this tournament, and capped it off with a 22 point, 5 assist and 4 rebound performance in the 93-85 loss to Slovenia. Goran Dragic was the star for the Slovenian’s scoring 35 points with 26 coming in the first half alone. Potential future King Luka Doncic had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists for Slovenia.
Bogdanovic has cemented himself as one of Serbia’s brightest stars, and now he gets to come play for two of the brightest there ever were in Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic. Hopefully he can leave a lasting legacy in Sacramento like those two. Whatever the case, there are few things I’m more excited about for the start of the season than to finally see Bogdanovic take the floor in a Kings uniform.