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Bogdan Bogdanović named to EuroLeague All-Decade Team

Bogi was recognized as a member of the EuroLeague All Decade team, a fitting honor given his accomplishments.

With the season postponed until further notice, there's been very little to discuss in our Kings-dom.

Good news!

Bogdan Bogdanović, the 27-year-old Shooting Guard for the Sacramento Kings, was named to onto the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague All-Decade Team on Tuesday.

Via EuroLeague.net:

€œBogdan Bogdanović is a team-oriented player who is outstanding in clutch situations. A fantastic all-around scorer, his efficiency and passing skills improved from year to year to make him even more unpredictable. Bogdanovic started the decade with Partizan Belgrade and spent part of it with Fenerbahce Istanbul under legendary head coach Zeljko Obradovic, with which he won a EuroLeague title.€

  • Let's review the Bogdanović EuroLeague timeline:
  • Joined Partizan in 2010 
  • Debuted with Partizan in October 2012
  • Earned the 2013-14 EuroLeague Rising Star Trophy, after averaging 14.8 points, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals in 23 games.
  • Earned a second consecutive Rising Star award in the 2014-15 season (the only player to do it with two separate clubs)
  • Drafted with the 27th pick in the First Round of the 2014 NBA Draft (he's turned out to be one of the best players in that class)
  • Played for Fenerbahce for the next three seasons (with three Final Four Appearances).
  • Led Fenerbahce to the championship game in 2016, a loss against CSKA Moscow.
  • Led Fenerbahce to the 2017 EuroLeague Championship.
  • Named MVP of the month, April 2017
  • Named to the 2016-17 All-EuroLeague First Team
  • Debuted with the Sacramento Kings in October 2017
  • Named to 2010-20 All-Decade Euroleague Team

Congratulations are in order for Bogdanović! He made himself into a Fenerbahce legend. Investing in that pedigree is a smart move for the Kings - if all goes right in the coming years, he'll be a Sacramento legend as well.

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RikSmits
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May 6, 2020 2:15 pm

Nice for him, between illustrious NBA names as Sergio Lull and Nando de Colo. He’s much better than Bike Stauskas, that’s for sure.

But the main question is; what has he achieved in €˜Murica?!
He’s not even the best Bogdanovic in the NBA!

At least Buddy brought us a 3 point shooting crown.

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May 6, 2020 10:30 pm
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LOL I thought “Murica” was a Euroleague team . I scrolled up to see where they played… time for bed. Like Bogi on the court he is a nice piece but not a 1-2 on a playoff team. Hope we can retain him in the 3-4 guy price range.

RikSmits
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May 7, 2020 9:50 am
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HumboldtCPA
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May 6, 2020 3:05 pm

He’s one of my favorites on the team, really home we keep him.

Kfan
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May 6, 2020 4:42 pm

Nice

nico.zand
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May 7, 2020 5:30 am

Well, looking at the Drafts of these last years, we could have had 2 EuroLeague All-Decade Team players (guess who is the other).

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May 7, 2020 8:03 am

Retaining Bogi for years to come is key for the Kings. Championships aren’t built with just 1 or 2 pieces, despite the continuing mindset in the NBA. The other 3 starters need to be above average. So do the first couple of guys off the bench.

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May 7, 2020 8:07 am
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De’Aaron Fox: Superstar in the making
Buddy Hield: Above Average, Star Potential
Bogdan Bogdanovic: Above Average
Harrison Barnes: Slightly Above Average
Marvin Bagley: Incomplete
Richaun Holmes: Average
Nemanja Bjelica: Average
Harry Giles: Average w/ high potential
Kent Bazemore: Average
Alex Len: Average
Yogi Ferrell: Average

If Bagley & Buddy don’t develop into stars, or the Kings draft/trade for a dynamic superstar big, we’re going to continue to teeter on hoping for the 8th seed for a few years & then rebuild again.

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May 7, 2020 9:58 am
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I think there is not much growth potential left in Buddy. What we really need is a system that masks his weaknesses and plays to his strengths. But the same applies to a few of our keys players. Question is if there is a system out there that can do that for all these players and whether we have a coach who can devise and implement it.

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May 7, 2020 10:30 am
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I agree, system is everything. It seems like Buddy was at his best with a run and gun up tempo style of play. Problem is that style isn’t conducive to winning in the post season when teams play tough defense and the games slow to a grind it out style. Buddy did show some growth in being able to run plays, especially when he came off the bench. He showed a little play making growth. But I agree with you. He is probably going to show marginal growth going forward. His play on the defensive end worries me more. A rim protecting big is critical to be there for the inevitable blow bys. Half court basketball is not Buddy’s forte, but hopefully he can continue to improve. Even marginal improvement, like this season, was very beneficial, looking at how the team performed at the beginning of the season versus the end.

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May 7, 2020 1:28 pm
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Re: Buddy Potential- I do think he can be better than this year since we’ve seen it. It’s achieved in a €œless is more€ strategy, though. Everyone has to accept that Buddy is a shooter and that is it. Just put yourself in a good position to receive a pass & shoot. Don’t bring the ball up the court, don’t try to thread the needle with an ill-advised pass…just catch & shoot.

Re: system for Buddy success- I think run & Gun is it. We just need to ACTUALLY stress defense & get guys who can play defense. Run & gun worked in the early 2000s because the Kong’s were tough on defense. We need to get that back as a REAL identity marker & not just one in theory.

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May 7, 2020 2:25 pm
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I think last season is probably about his peak. But that’s a pretty good player. The only challenge is that it isn’t just about having X “stars” and Y “above average” players. It’s about how those Xs and Ys fit together. As we know, Buddy is best as a deadly shooter with a great motor. Which is great. But he isn’t a good ball-handler/playmaker for an NBA guard nor is he a good defender. No big deal. You just have to get that playmaking skill (assuming Fox is your primary) from another positions and make sure your other personnel can cover for his defense.

Needless to say, the Kings don’t really have that.

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May 7, 2020 2:00 pm

I’m sure it’s been discussed a lot, but I never realized/thought about the fact that Bogdan and Bjelica played together at Fenerbahce.

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May 7, 2020 5:28 pm

Yeah, it was one of the justifications the broadcast team pointed out for promoting Bogdan to be a starter.

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