• 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.

Fantasy News

  • Russell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Russell Westbrook went 5-for-21 from the field to finish with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two treys in Sunday's 98-111 Game 4 loss to the Blazers.

    Time and again in this series, it's been evident that Damian Lillard has been playing at a higher level than Westbrook and tonight was a fine example. Lillard was able to shake off his early shooting struggles and come up big in the second half, but Westbrook was still forcing shots and appeared to be on the back foot for most of the game. He's best when he's the one taking it to his opponents. A reactive Westbrook is simply not the star the Thunder need right now, if they want to salvage any hopes of coming back in this first-round series.

  • Dennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Dennis Schroder mirrored his 17-point performance from Friday with another 17-point game in Sunday's loss to the Blazers.

    Schroder shot 6-of-12 from the field and added three rebounds, three assists, two 3s and one steal to the box score tonight. Aside from him though, the Thunder's bench was deafeningly quiet. He cannot carry the load of the second unit's scoring output by his lonesome, especially when they're faced up against a team with multiple weapons like the Blazers. For now, the Thunder can only hope he keeps this up and that the other reserves will follow suit.

  • Jerami Grant - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Jerami Grant made just 4-of-10 shots from the field on Sunday to finish with 11 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three triples and two steals in 34 minutes.

    Grant's impact on the defensive end has been invaluable to the Thunder in this series and it was nice to see him active on the glass tonight, especially with Steven Adams being relatively quiet on that front with seven boards while adding six points, one assist, one steal and one block. Unfortunately for the Thunder, Portland's forwards, Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu outplayed and out-hustled them on both ends of the floor.

  • Paul George - F - Oklahoma City Thunder

    Despite being slowed down by turnovers and foul trouble, Paul George still managed to light up the box score in Sunday's loss to the Blazers with 32 points on 8-of-21 shooting, 10 rebounds, six assists, four 3s, one steal and one block.

    George has been banged up as early as March and he's been such a trooper, powering through a bothersome shoulder to lead the Thunder in this first-round playoff series. Unfortunately, Damian Lillard and company have been far too much for OKC to handle and George's big nights have come and gone with a lack of ample support to properly contest for the win.

  • Maurice Harkless - F - Trail Blazers

    Maurice Harkless had a swell two-way performance in the Blazers' 111-98 Game 4 win over the Thunder on Sunday, posting 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, adding 10 rebounds, one triple, two steals and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Harkless was mostly a non-factor in fantasy during the regular season due to injuries. He's clearly feeling much better now and is delivering for the Blazers at the right time. If he can keep up posting performances like this, the Blazers could emerge as a dark horse to upset favorites in the west.

  • Al-Farouq Aminu - F - Trail Blazers

    Al-Farouq Aminu was feeling it on Sunday, hitting 4-of-9 shots from downtown to help secure a Game 4 win over the Thunder via his 19 points (7-of-16 shooting), nine rebounds, one steal and one block.

    The Blazers found an extra kick from Aminu tonight thanks to his hot hand. He's capable of explosions like this from time to time but they're not very consistent, making him a tough player to bank on in playoff DFS. Enes Kanter was relatively quiet as he put up eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

  • CJ McCollum - G - Trail Blazers

    CJ McCollum kept his foot on the gas pedal on Sunday, raining down five 3s on the Thunder en route to his team-high 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting, while adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks.

    McCollum is heating up at just the right time for the Blazers and he picked up some of the slack while Damian Lillard was struggling early in the first half. When he and multiple Blazers are able to put up full lines like this, Portland becomes a devastating opponent, even if the opposing team has name-brand superstars in the form of Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

  • Damian Lillard - G - Trail Blazers

    Damian Lillard overcame a rough start in Sunday's game vs. the Thunder, found his game in the second half and was able to wind up finishing with 24 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 shooting from the line.

    Lillard has proven to be a true superstar in this series, managing to shake off a slow start to be able to deliver when his team needed the jolt on offense. He added four 3s, three rebounds, eight dimes and one steal to round out his line for the night. Despite Oklahoma City's best efforts, Lillard would not be denied. His ability to turn on a switch and take over a game makes him one of the Western Conference's most dangerous players.

  • Terrence Ross - G/F - Orlando Magic

    Terrence Ross could not get it going offensively in Sunday's 85-107 Game 4 loss to the Raptors on Sunday, recording just five points on 1-of-5 shooting (1-of-4 from deep) with two rebounds, three assists and one steal in 31 minutes.

    This was a big blow for both the Magic and Ross' owners in DFS. He was coming off a solid 24-point gem on Friday, so this dud came as a bit of a surprise. In the end, costly turnovers and ill-timed fouls helped keep Ross from exploding like he's done in the past. Evan Fournier helped pick up the slack with 19 points (8-of-16 shooting), four rebounds, two 3s, two dimes and one steal in 35 minutes, but it still was not enough to go toe-to-toe with Kawhi Leonard and company in this crucial Game 4.

  • Aaron Gordon - F - Orlando Magic

    Aaron Gordon shot 10-of-17 from the field to finish with 25 points, seven rebounds, five dimes, two 3s and one steal in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Raptors.

    Gordon was limited in the first half but turned up the heat in the third quarter where he scored 16 of his team-high 25 points. Unfortunately, his spirited play was not enough to mount a serious enough rally to challenge the Raptor's control over the game. The 23-year-old Gordon has displayed a fresh level of maturity in this series and finally looks prepared to make a significant leap forward in 2019-20.