Birthday: May 12, 1980
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Years Pro: 9
Nickname: Bogie, Bogs
Nickname I'd Give Him: The Bogo Stick
How He Got Here: The Nets first signed Bogans last season on February 1st, but a foot injury knocked him out for the season. After waiving him to make roster room, the Nets then re-signed Bogans in the offseason to a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum on July 19th, 2012.
Contract: Bogans signed a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, but as with Jerry Stackhouse, his cap hit is actually less than what he'll make in salary.
A career journeyman, the 32-year-old Bogans’ longest stop in his basketball career was actually his four-year stint as a college player at Kentucky, where he earned All-American honors as a college senior and led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. Since then, Bogans has made eight stops with seven teams in ten years.
The Nets signed Bogans last season in the hopes that he'd shore up an injured guard/forward spot, but Bogans' season ended after just five games when he broke his foot trying to block a Greg Monroe dunk. The Nets waived Bogans, but unlike what you'd expect from a career journeyman, he stuck around, attending Nets games wearing a walking boot and conversing with his former teammates. Maybe Bogans feels he's finally found an NBA home.
After bouncing around most of his career, Bogans made a name for himself in Chicago in 2010-11 as the starting shooting guard next to Derrick Rose, starting all 82 games and flourishing as a spot-up option and perimeter defender on a team with the best record in basketball.
Outside of perimeter defense (which may be a combination of reputation and system -- per Synergy, Bogans ranked as just an average defender in Chicago) and perimeter shooting, there's not much Bogans can do. He is a quintessential role player; when he can play off the ball and focus on doing just a few things on the court, his game pushes to the next level.
From The Coach
"He’s a great defender. He has a skill and experience that you can depend on."