Perfection, thy name is Bogdanovic.
Brooklyn Nets guard Bojan Bogdanovic kept his hot shooting alive for another night, and he couldn’t have been any better. Bogdanovic finished with 21 points on a perfect 8-for-8 night from the field, hitting three three-pointers as the Nets piled on a fourth-quarter lead, defeating the Indiana Pacers in Indiana, 123-111.
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While some rookies may “hit” the proverbial rookie wall, for a player like Bogdanovic, the struggle is in scaling it. Most rookies have to adjust to the NBA speed and lifestyle. Fewer have to adjust to the U.S.A. lifestyle, too.
Bogdanovic took a different path from most rookies, because, well, he is different from most rookies. Bogdanovic has played professionally since 2009 in Europe, where the game is the same in name only. The offensive gameplans are different. There are different rules for fouling and defense, among other things. Even the feel of the basketball is different.
Bogdanovic has improved noticeably as the year has progressed. Since the All-Star break, he’s averaged 11.7 points in 26.2 minutes per game, shooting 55.0 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range.