|NBA draft’s Potential Celtics: Serbia G Bogdan Bogdanovic||05.26.14 at 9:00 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’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.
Weight: 200 pounds
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.