September 13, 2017, 4:15 pm
Hoop Ball Kings’ brand new series that we are rolling out in the lead up to the 2017-18 NBA season continues. Over the next two months we will be doing a roundtable series which involves all three of our writers here at Hoop Ball Kings. We’ll be discussing various topics including season projections for each player on the Kings roster, record predictions and more.
First and foremost, we will run through every player currently on the Kings roster and provide our personal predictions for their output this season.
The Kings acquired the rights to guard Bogdan Bogdanovic back in 2016 and at the time it was an acquisition that went somewhat under the radar. Now, after signing a three-year, $27 million deal with Sacramento in the offseason, he may already be one of the premier talents on the roster.
He led Fenerbache to a Euroleague championship in early-2017 posting averages of 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 28.0 minutes per game (22 games) on 50.0 percent shooting from the field (43.0 percent from three). Bogdanovic has also been outstanding in the ongoing EuroBasket tournament, leading Serbia in scoring each night.
Playing time is the big question mark for Bogdanovic at this stage. With the amount of depth on the wings, playing time will be hard to come by for everyone and it’ll be interesting to see how Dave Joerger manages it. Garrett Temple is good enough to start and Buddy Hield will get a solid amount of minutes too, so where does that leave the young Serbian?
Will Bogdanovic ride the bench to begin his NBA career, or will we see him on the court frequently right out of the gate?
Stat-line Prediction: 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks. 43% FG, 39% 3PT, 84% FT.
Bogdan Bogdanovic deserves a big role, but it’s hard to see where Joerger stands with his rotations this early on in proceedings. I think he’ll make it work and find a way to get the Serbian guard some solid minutes because, in my opinion, he’s one of the better players on the Kings. He may play second fiddle to Buddy Hield and Garrett Temple early on, but there could be some minutes for him at small forward or possibly shooting guard too if one of Temple or Hield slides across (which is the smarter play).
I’m hoping he gets around 20 minutes per game because the more he’s out there the better he’ll be. Bogdanovic can flat-out score the ball and the Kings are going to need a lot of that. There’s a slim chance that he starts to begin the season, but I honestly don’t see it happening. He’ll more than likely come off the bench and then work his way up the ranks.
Either way, I think Bogdanovic has the goods to be an excellent player in the NBA. It’s on Dave Joerger to give him that opportunity to really spread his wings.
Stat-line Prediction: 12.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks. 46% FG, 39% 3PT, 83% FT.
Bogdanovic will immediately test Buddy Hield for the title of ‘best shooter on the team’ as he brings his sweet stroke to a team desperate for a consistent shot-maker.
He could see a significant amount of minutes if the Kings decide to run a smaller lineup with him alongside Hield and a point guard; he’ll more than likely see anywhere from 20-30 minutes per game. It will all depend on how Bogdanovic fits into Coach Joerger’s system and shows he can play defense in the league.
Bogdanovic has shown his long-ball, but also has a solid basketball IQ. At 25 years of age, he fits right in with the rest of the young roster and could become a solid building block if all goes right. He is another one of the Kings’ uncertainties, but he’s shown what he can do overseas. If he’s able to bring that production over to the States, he’ll be just fine with in Sacramento.
Stat-line Prediction: 11.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks. 44% FG, 35% 3PT, 76% FT.
Bogdan Bogdanovic will have to contend with plenty of young wing players for minutes early in his first season, but his experience over in Europe should give him a decent edge over the team’s other young perimeter players. Bogdanovic has been particularly impressive over the last few weeks in the EuroBasket tournament, and does not appear to be rattled by big stages.
With that said, the team will likely want to give quite a few players the opportunity to show what they can do at shooting guard, so he may be capped at around 25 minutes per game next season. Bogdanovic will be asked to take on a large role offensively, and his ability to shoot from deep and run the offense should be on full display.
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April 25, 2019, 11:58 amAndre Roberson - G/F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Billy Donovan said that Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is healing well.
"The healing has been good from what I’ve been told." Roberson missed the entire season after sustaining a setback while attempting to return from last year's awful injury. Another full summer of recovery should do the trick, so hopefully we see OKC's defensive stopper return to the court by opening night.
Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter
April 25, 2019, 2:06 amLou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams went off for 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting in a 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Williams went 1-of-2 from deep and 8-of-9 from the stripe. He also contributed four rebounds and 10 assists to the stat sheet. When the Clippers were down 118-117 with under two minutes left, Williams hit a 4-point play to go up three points. After that play, he made two more buckets to widen the gap to 125-118. Williams iced the game for the Clippers and he is one of the cogs that keeps the team successful when he is on his game.
April 25, 2019, 2:00 amPatrick Beverley - G - Los Angeles Clippers
Patrick Beverley put up 17 points with 14 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
He shot 6-of-13 from the field and 5-of-11 from 3-point territory. His attitude and energy provide the young Clippers much-needed confidence. His defense and toughness have helped the Clippers push this series to six games and possibly further, which is something many people would have counted out before the playoffs started.
April 25, 2019, 1:53 amDanilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers
Danilo Gallinari put up 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting in a team-high 42 minutes as the Clippers beat the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday to avoid elimination.
He did not shoot the ball well from beyond the arc as he went 3-of-11, but he did shoot 5-of-6 from the stripe. He also contributed seven rebounds, two assists and one steal to the box score. Gallinari has not been efficient during this series, and it is quite disappointing to see him taking a dip from his high level of production in the regular season. Gallinari will need to bring another performance like this one if the Clippers hope to force a Game 7.
April 25, 2019, 1:44 amMontrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers
Montrezl Harrell played well in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday as he had 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting in 27 minutes of action.
He added five rebounds, two assists and one block while shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from the line. Harrell provided energy and paint dominance for the Clippers throughout this game, which lifted them to a win to force a Game 6. Harrell's only block came late in the fourth quarter on a Kevon Looney dunk attempt, which shifted momentum in the Clippers' favor.
April 25, 2019, 1:38 amJaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers
JaMychal Green started in Game 5 and scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three triples in 27 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors on Wednesday.
Green was guarding Kevin Durant for much of his court time during Game 4, and Game 5 was no different. Durant is unguardable, so the 45 points that he scored is not Green's fault. He has been playing well in the starting lineup and there is no reason to believe that his role will change for Game 6.
April 25, 2019, 1:29 amStephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors
Steph Curry scored 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in Game 5 as the Warriors lost to the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Warriors are still up by one game in the series, but it would have been nice to end it on their home court. Curry added three rebounds, four assists, and one block to the box score while shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Curry has had a phenomenal series thus far, which is seemingly inevitable with the Warriors' stars. The rest of the roster will need to step up in order to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.
April 25, 2019, 1:20 amKlay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson followed up his 32-point performance in Game 4 with a 22-point outing in Game 5 on 9-of-20 shooting in a loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
He made four triples while adding three rebounds and two assists to the box score. Thompson is having a solid series with averages of 18.3 points and 2.5 triples per game in the first four games, The Warriors will have another chance to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.
April 25, 2019, 1:14 amKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant put up 45 points on 14-of-26 shooting with six rebounds and six assists in a Game 5 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
The Warriors had a chance to end the series tonight but could not capitalize as they got absolutely torched by Lou Williams down the stretch. Durant added two steals, one block and five 3-pointers to the box score. He was their main scoring option down the stretch and really kept them in the game, but Williams got the best of him and pulled out the win.
April 24, 2019, 11:13 pmChris Paul - G - Houston Rockets
Chris Paul got it done in Wednesday night's win over the Jazz, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three turnovers.
Paul finished this series scoring 17.4 points on 46 percent shooting, both above his regular season averages. He has a habit of increasing his production in the post season and should continue to be a linchpin for the Houston offense as long as he stays healthy.