|Bogdanovic, a Croatian sharpshooter, was drafted by the Heat and traded to the Timberwolves in the 2011 Draft before ending up with the Nets|
Clearly, this past season didn't end exactly as the Nets and GM Billy King had hoped, with a disappointing Round 1 loss to the banged-up Chicago Bulls. We saw it all from Brooklyn in that series: offensive inconsistency, defensive shortcomings, mental lapses, blown leads, and the list can go on and on. But what we didn't see was a very deep bench, as long-gone P.J. Carlesimo shrunk his rotation to astronomically-small proportions at times, sticking with ineffective starters as opposed to fresh reserves. However, one could make the argument that such an action was reasonable, as some of the Nets' bench-players just didn't step up in the playoffs.
Whomever is coaching the Nets next season shouldn't have that sort of problem, as one of the team's Euro-stash players, Croatian forward Bojan Bogdanovic, is expected to make the jump next season from Euroleague play to NBA play. Brooklyn is planning to use its trade exception (no cap space left, virtually) to sign the 6'7" scorer and bring him stateside to improve Brooklyn's bench. Joining fellow Europeans Mirza Teletovic and Tornike "Toko" Shengalia, Bojan will fit in on the diverse Brooklyn roster from an abstract standpoint, but how about talent-wise?
Yeah, he's very similar to Mirza in that both guys are big, proficient shooters who score most of their point via jump-shots. But, Bojan is a bit quicker and lower-to-the-ground, allowing for increased agility and versatility on the court that the power forward Teletovic didn't really provide. Also, Bogdanovic is a lot more explosive than Mirza in terms of getting to the basket when necessary, a trait needed for those days when the shot isn't falling.
And with Gerald Wallace's on-and-off play for much of last season, Bogdanovic may see a lot of minutes filling in for him at the small forward spot, as each player compliments the other pretty well in terms of skill-set and on-court specialty.
It was a move in the making since the 2011 Draft, but one without an originally-set timetable, due to the ever-present complications of European transfer players to the US. Good thinking, Billy, because this roster needed a little change that wouldn't violate the Nets' perilous salary cap situaition.no comments