3-on-3: Breaking down the Bojan Bogdanovic signing

From a Brooklyn Nets practice in the future. (AP)

Three of our writers breakdown the most stressful, flip-floppy signing in the history of basketball. Of course, I’m referring to the Bogdanovicdramamare. I mean, seriously, could this signing have been harder to keep up with? Will he? Won’t he? Finally, finally, it’s over. Bojan Bogdanovic is a Net. We can now move on with our lives.

Let’s see what the crew had to say…

1. Okay, so the Nets signed Bojan Bogdanovic. What’s your immediate reaction?

  • Chris Hooker: Who knows? I remember the day the Nets signed Mirza Teletovic, I had no opinion whatsoever because I knew nothing about his game. People said he was good, so I guess I was happy. But it was just naive happiness. I feel the same way about this signing. Sure, I suppose it’s a decent signing, but I’ve seen 0.0000 minutes of this guy playing basketball. So how am I really supposed to feel? I hope it works out, but I have no expectations and there is my cop-out of an answer.
  • Benjamin Nadeau: Yes! Excitement! It’ll be interesting to see if his game translates to the NBA level, as one wonders about any European who comes over, but for now: excitement! Bogdanovic will go a long way to helping out the range Brooklyn lost when Bogans and Watson left. Defensively, he may struggle initially, but it seems like Kidd is committed to playing the young kids early and often this year.
  • William Rausch: Tempered excitement. Bogdanovic has been getting considerable hype since the Nets traded for the 31st overall pick on draft night in 2011. The Nets need shooting off the bench and Bogdanovic can stoke it from deep to the tune of 41.1 percent and 40.5 percent from 3-point range in the last two Euroleague seasons. But remember, Mirza Teletovic also came across the pond with some hype behind him and the perception that he filled a need. You never know with a Eurostash until he actually gets some time under his belt in the Association.
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    2. Where does Bogdanovic fit into this G/F rotation?

    • Hooker: Man, I’m bad at this. I don’t really know. I guess he’ll be the primary back-up to Paul Pierce, but didn’t we say the same thing about Mirza in regards to Kris Humphries? I actually remember thinking at one point that Mirza would be the starting PF for the Nets. I am just so skeptical of these European players. So many have failed and so many have done nothing in this league. This guy was a second round pick, and while I understand he is supposed to be a very good player, I have a hard time getting excited over this.

      Okay, but back to the question at hand. Bogdanovic is supposedly an excellent shooter, so I imagine he’ll fill the Marshon Brooks-rookie year void that the Nets didn’t have last year. Watson and Bogans were good, yet inconsistent options. Same with Teletovic. I imagine if all goes to plan, Bogs will be a good shooting threat off the bench and someone who can create some noise as far as “instant offense” goes.
    • Nadeau: I’m sure Bogdanovic will initially be slotted in behind Pierce at SF, playing spot minutes at SG when Terry struggles (And believe me, he will struggle for long stretches). I’d love for Bogdanovic to keep with Toko Shengelia for any remaining backup minutes, but it’s hard to tell where everyone will slot in for now. But without Stackhouse and other veterans clogging the way, he’ll get plenty of chances.
    • Rausch: He should be penciled in as Paul Pierce’s backup and get considerable minutes at the three. But again, Mirza was supposed to come in and log substantial time at the four last year, and we all know how that went. Bogdanovic could see some time at the stretch four, though there is already a log jam at the power forward position on the Nets roster.
    • 3. What do the Nets do next?

      • Hooker: Vet minimum back-up point guard. CJ Watson was such a breath of fresh air last season because he was the last good back-up PG the Nets have had in a while. It’s a valuable position that I am not ready to put in the hands of the #41 pick in the draft. No offense to Tyshawn Taylor, I’m a huge Kansas fan and loved watching him play there, but the dude is, as beautifully stated by Jerry Seinfeld, a chucker.
      • Nadeau: I’m sure the next move will be Shaun Livingston or Sebastian Telfair even though I’d rather they just Tyshawn Taylor the reins to the back-up PG spot. Other than that, I will be watching Summer League next week with my eyes peeled. Kidd, Tyshawn and Toko? Sign me up! This offseason is off to a hot start and the Summer League will be exciting.
      • Rausch: We need a backup point guard, right? Jason Kidd can’t suit up because of the collective bargaining agreement, D-Will can’t play 48 minutes a night no matter how many platelet-enriched plasma shots he gets and Tyshawn Taylor isn’t exactly ready for primetime.

Comments

  1. Seems to be very good shooter and all around scorer in his Euro league. But absolutely terrible at rebounding, blocks, and steals (i.e., the hustle and athlete stats). Being that bad at those things projects him to just be too unathletic to function in the fast pace of NBA play. But we may end up asking very little of him beyond standing in the corner and shooting threes.

  2. Bojan says he hasn’t agreed to a contract with the Nets, and chances of his coming to Brooklyn are 50-50

  3. Mirza was never given the proper opportunity to develop and adjust. You really can’t judge him based off of last year.

  4. If you based Mirza on what he showed when he was on the court, it was somewhat disappointing. The frequent argument continues to be that he wasn’t given an opportunity to develop and adjust. Granted, a new employee needs development time and time to adjust, but contrary to that Mirza is 27 and has played pro ball in Euro League for several years. For the promotion that he has received based on his Euro performances, it is reasonable to expect more from Mirza than what he displayed last season. Excuses aside, he will get the opportunity to show and prove this year and he will either make or break. As a fan of the team, I hope for the best. As with Bojan, being a Euro can only be an excuse for so long–you either belong in the League or you don’t.