April 23, 2018, 10:08 pm
2017-18 averages: 78 G | 53 GS | 27.9 MP | 11.8 PTS | 2.9 REB | 3.3 AST | 0.9 STL | 0.2 BLK | 1.6 TOV | 44.6 FG% | 39.2 3P% | 84.0 FT% |
The biggest question mark coming into the season for the Kings perhaps wasn’t one of their three first-round draft picks, but the point guard out of Serbia.
Bogdanovic was sent over to the Kings in 2016 as part of a draft day swap with the Suns and immediately became an intriguing option for Sacramento. When Bogdanovic made the move to the States, it was to the tune of three years, $27 million which instantly categorized him as one of the highest paid players on the team’s roster.
He missed time to begin the season due to an ankle injury, but as soon as he joined the team on the floor, he was impactful. He went on to lead the team in minutes played this season, so his ability to stay on the floor was impressive.
Though he was known for his scoring ability in Europe, Bogdanovic wasn’t one of the team’s offensive weapons out of the gate, posting an offensive rating of 95 in November (his first full month in the league), but he quickly became comfortable in the team’s offense as one of their primary 3-point shooters.
Bogdanovic hoisted just 55 3-pointers in his first 16 games, but followed that up with 66 3-point attempts in December (15 games). He also finished the season scoring 42.2 percent of his points from beyond the arc.
He also showed off his masterful 3-point shooting in an all-around performance against the Jazz, finishing with a career-high 25 points. He also went 6-for-6 at the 3-point line.
Not only was Bogdanovic’s ability to score obvious, but his ability to make plays for his teammates was also conclusive as the season went on. After averaging less than two assists per game in October and November combined, he dished out 3.5 and 3.6 assists per game in the months of December and January, respectively.
With that part of his game put on full display, it allowed the Kings to part with their highest paid player, George Hill, when the trade deadline came around.
After Hill was traded, Bogdanovic excelled as a primary ball-handler, averaging 4.7 assists per game in February. One of his most explosive weapons, Willie Cauley-Stein, was the prime target when the ball was in Bogdanovic’s hands, often executing the pick and roll to perfection.
Bogdanovic’s vision and ability to read a defense helped him get the better of the athletically gifted defenders he faced in the NBA. His ability to put the ball in a position where only his teammate could get it was almost quarterback-ish at times.
Bogdanovic, at 25 years old, may very well be getting close to his peak years, and with the rest of the Kings being so young, he’ll need to be a leader for the team sooner rather than later.
He showed his readiness to take big shots and although he didn’t hit all the attempts he took in the crucial moments, he was still able to hit some must-have baskets down the stretch for the team, including games against the Grizzlies and Warriors (with this game-winner coming against one of the best man-to-man defenders in the league, Draymond Green).
Bogdanovic is far from being the type of player you bet the house on. He has some mental lapses, especially on defense. He had one of the worst defensive ratings on the team (113), finishing his rookie season tied for second worst on the team with De’Aaron Fox. He also showed some inability to make good decisions, as he had times where he forced passes into crowded spaces and turned over the ball at a relatively high rate of 13.2 percent (third highest on the team.)
As the season winded down for Bogdanovic his play, like most rookies not accustomed to the 82-game season, suffered. He ended the season shooting just 40.7 percent in his last five games and just 33.3 percent from 3-point range. Bogdanovic’s true shooting percentage also sat at a season-low 48.6 percent in the month of April.
Bogdanovic showed the type of player he can be as he knocked down 3-pointers with the best of them at times and also utilized his size to make passes smaller players wouldn’t be able to, but, like many on the team, he still has room to grow.
December 13, 2019, 9:25 pmAaron GordonPF, Orlando Magic
Aaron Gordon notched 21 points (9-for-15 shooting), six rebounds, four assists and two triples in Wednesday's loss to the Rockets.
Gordon had a nice showing offensively, though the lack of defensive numbers is annoying. It will be tough for him to return his draft day price on the season, but he should improve on what he's done so far this year.
December 13, 2019, 9:19 pmTerrence RossSG, Orlando Magic
Terrence Ross played 27 minutes off the bench on Wednesday night, scoring 13 points (4-for-10 shooting), two assists, two triples, two blocks, a steal and a rebound.
The minutes were a team-high off the bench for the Magic, as Ross seems to be settling into a sixth-man role that is offering him plenty of opportunities to hoist shots and be an option as a points and threes streamer. There will be rough shooting nights mixed in so be prepared for that as well.
December 13, 2019, 9:04 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
De'Aaron Fox (ankle) said that he's targeting a return, either vs. the Hornets or against the Grizzlies, adding that he worked out hard on Thursday and is not experiencing any pain.
This is amazing news for Fox owners for sure. He's going to eased in slowly but should be able to return at least mid-round value once he's back to or closer to 100 percent.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 8:40 pmDennis Smith Jr.PG, New York Knicks
Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) is available to play for the Knicks on Friday.
His availability throws a monkey wrench into the already-chaotic game of tug-of-war between Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton. That said, we maintain that Payton remains the guard to own amid the Knicks' glut of low-end PGs.
December 13, 2019, 8:37 pmCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Cory Joseph (lower back soreness) will start for the Kings on Friday.
Joseph has been a marginal deep-league play as of late but has been worth a streamer for assists while De'Aaron Fox remains sidelined.
Source: James Ham on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 8:34 pmJeff TeaguePG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague (left ankle soreness) will be available for the Wolves on Friday.
Teague has been able to adjust reasonably well to his reserve role for the Wolves and has managed to maintain relevance in standard leagues. He's a hold for now.
Source: Wolves PR on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 8:31 pmKeita Bates-DiopSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop (illness) is available to play on Friday for the Wolves.
KBD missed one game with flu-like symptoms but it appears that he's been cleared to play. He's just a deep-league guy when he's healthy and should take up some of Josh Okogie's minutes tonight.
Source: Chris Hine on Twitter
December 13, 2019, 8:18 pmDelon WrightPG, Dallas Mavericks
Delon Wright (right adductor strain) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Heat.
Wright has been a drop in standard leagues and his injury has made him a tough hold even in 18-team leagues.
December 13, 2019, 8:15 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
Isaiah Thomas (left calf strain) is questionable to play in Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies.
Thomas has been out for a week and change with this injury. During that time, Ish Smith has produced serviceable standard-league value. There should be a timeshare situation brewing between these two guards moving forward – curtailing both their upsides.
December 13, 2019, 8:11 pmFred VanVleetPG, Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are listing Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) as doubtful for Saturday's game.
This is an update to a previous blurb having him as a game-time decision. Still consider him as up in the air and stay tuned for more updates closer to tip off.