On the final day of the regular season, the Nets needed a career-high 28-point performance from Bojan Bogdanovic to erase a 12-point deficit against the Orlando Magic and sneak out their 38th victory. The win, coupled with a Pacers loss, put the Nets in the playoffs.
Bogdanovic was named to the 2014-15 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, the league announced today. He net a total of 107 points, including seven first-team votes, none of which came from local media. Fellow Nets rookie Cory Jefferson earned one second-team vote, and guard Markel Brown did not garner any votes.
After a slow start to the year, Bogdanovic rode a hot shooting streak into the end of the season, scoring 17 or more points in eight of his last 18 games and earning April’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month Award. Bogdanovic finished the season averaging 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 23.8 minutes per game, shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from three-point range. He was also the winner of our “Home Cooker” SportVU Award, for his home-road shooting splits. The hope for Bogdanovic next year is that he can improve his shooting on the road and improve defensively.
Bogdanovic becomes the 15th player in Nets franchise history to make an All-Rookie team (eight First Team selections, seven Second Team), and the first to earn All-Rookie honors after being selected in the second round, according to the team.
Along with the aforementioned season-clinching victory, here’s some of Bogdanovic’s best highlights on the year:
Correction: an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Bogdanovic was the only Nets rookie to receive votes. Cory Jefferson received one second-place vote.