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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July 22, 2019, 11:08 pmMarcus MorrisPF, New York Knicks
Marcus Morris stated that he didn't expect another offer after he verbally agreed to the Spurs' two-year, $20 million contract.
We've seen players renege a contract offer before, so this isn't unprecedented, but it's still not a good look for the Knicks and Morris. He took more money and will join a weaker free agency class in 2020, but he joins an insanely crowded Knicks frontcourt which will now have to find playing time for Morris, Bobby Portis, Julius Randle, Taj Gibson and Mitchell Robinson.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 8:00 pmDonta HallPF, Detroit Pistons
Donta Hall was signed by the Pistons to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Hall is a forward that went undrafted this summer after four years at Alabama. He's currently many hurdles away from fantasy significance.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 7:42 pmThaddeus YoungPF, Chicago Bulls
Thaddeus Young will be added to the Team USA training camp.
Young joins Marcus Smart on Monday as two late additions to the training camp roster after six players withdrew from camp to focus on the upcoming NBA season. Although neither of these two are superstars, both are very solid veterans who can impact the game on both ends of the court. There may be more additions to the training camp roster to come.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 7:12 pmTodd WithersPG, Detroit Pistons
The Pistons have signed Todd Withers to an exhibit 10 contract.
Withers will join the Pistons for training camp to compete for a roster spot. The best outcome for Withers is being signed to a two-way contract for this upcoming season. There is no fantasy impact from this signing.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 6:37 pmMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart has been selected to participate in Team USA training camp.
Following the news of six players dropping out of contention for the USA roster for the FIBA World Cup, the team has decided to add Smart to the list of participants. Don't be surprised if we hear of more additions in the coming days.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 5:07 pmTim DuncanPF-C, San Antonio Spurs
Tim Duncan will join Gregg Popovich's coaching staff as an assistant with the Spurs.
Duncan played all 19 of his NBA seasons under Popovich. He became one of the league's most dominant big-men of all-time. In regards to the hiring, Popovich joked "It is only fitting, after I served loyally for 19 years as Tim Duncan’s assistant, that he returns the favor." The NBA will welcome having Duncan back in the league.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 4:46 pmJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie will join Al-Farouq Aminu in representing Nigeria at the FIBA World Cup.
Okogie broke the news Monday on Twitter. He will be playing with at least a few other current or former NBA players in China.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 4:28 pmGerald GreenSG, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have officially re-signed Gerald Green to a one-year contract.
Green will come back to the Rockets for his third straight season. He will continue to be a 3-point specialist off of the bench for this high-powered offense.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
July 22, 2019, 3:34 pmTobias HarrisSF, Philadelphia Sixers
Tobias Harris has decided to withdraw from Team USA training camp.
Harris is the sixth player to withdraw from the Team USA training camp. The roster will be cut to 12 players heading into the FIBA World Cup which starts at the end of August.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
July 21, 2019, 7:49 pmDarius MillerSF, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have officially re-signed Darius Miller to a two-year deal.
Miller will be playing behind a plethora of young assets at the Pelicans' disposal. Given that the team has entered a full-blown youth movement, it is unlikely that he will earn enough meaningful minutes to make a splash in fantasy in 2019-20.
Source: Pelicans on Twitter