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NBA draft’s Potential Celtics: Serbia G Bogdan Bogdanovic

05.26.14 at 9:00 am ET

As part of’€™s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.


Position: Guard
Country: Serbia
Age: 21
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 200 pounds
Wingspan: 6-foot-11

Key 2013-14 stats (Euroleague): 14.8 points, 3.7 assists, 37.0 3P%

Scouting report: Don’€™t be fooled by his redundant name, because Bogdan Bogdanovic brings a unique set of skills that make him attractive to NBA teams. Most notable of all is his deep 3-point range. The 6-foot-6 Serbian is able to shoot well as a spot-up threat, and he’€™s even more of a threat off the dribble. He has fantastic footwork and gets his shots off cleanly due to his long 83-inch wingspan.

Bogdanovic played point guard for Partizan Belgrade, so he has years of experience making plays for others. Though he projects as a 2-guard in the NBA, his proficiency will likely translate to success as a secondary pick-and-roll ball handler. When you factor in his shooting stroke, Bogdanovic projects as a true half-court threat whether he has the ball in his hands or not.

However, Bogdanovic can be a bit sloppy with the ball and has made some bad passing and shooting decisions. Some of the poor shot choices may have been by design, since he was arguably Partizan’€™s best player, but it will be important for teams to assess his psychological profile in order to find out if these decisions were as a result of his team environment or his own personality.

Because Bogdanovic has a long wingspan, he will be able to effectively defend many NBA wings. But he must improve his lateral quickness and his defensive intensity if he wants to take his two-way game to the next level. Overall, Bogdanovic is a quality player who will likely find success in the NBA as a contributing scorer with occasional high-output performances.

How he fits: Knockdown 3-point shooting comes at a premium in the NBA, and Bogdanovic’s shooting stroke would give the Celtics a valuable scorer that can play both guard positions. Bogdanovic could likely be selected if Boston decided to trade for an additional late first-round draft pick.

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Video: Here is a highlight reel of Bogdanovic scoring 27 points against CSKA Moscow.

(Kevin O’€™Connor also covers the Celtics for SB Nation and can be reached on Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA.)

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