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Tales from the Drought: Bogdan Bogdanovic is Clutch

Despite just a three year tenure with the Kings, Bogdanovic proved to be one of the most clutch Kings of all time.
By | 29 Comments | Aug 11, 2022

Dec 27, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) shoots the ball over Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler (5) in the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Despite how bad the Kings have been during this playoff drought, they have still had their fair share of late game heroics and game-winning buzzer beaters.  Perhaps no single player encapsulated this better than Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Bogdanovic came to the Kings with a fair bit of hype. He had established a reputation in the EuroLeague as a clutch player, and led his team to the EuroLeague Championship.

In Bogdanovic’s three seasons with the Kings, he made four game-winners and countless other big late game shots.  When the game was on the line, Bogi wanted the ball.

His first game winner came early on in his rookie season as the Kings faced the Golden State Warriors. Bogi found himself matched up against Draymond Green, one of the best defenders in the game.  That didn’t stop Bogi from taking it right at Draymond and getting to the basket and banking in the go-ahead and eventual winning bucket with 12.6 seconds left.

Later that same season, the Kings found themselves down by one against the Memphis Grizzlies. Bogi again got the ball late. He had a rough game that night, shooting just 3-10 from the field and missing all 5 of his threes. But shooters are going to shoot, and Bogi drilled a tough elbow jumper in the face of MarShon Brooks to put the Kings up by 1 and win the game.

Bogi’s third game winner was his most impressive, and one of the best game winners in all of Kings history.  My dad and I had season tickets at the time, and we had a pact to never sell the games against the Lakers because we didn’t want those tickets going to Lakers fans.  I really wanted to be at that game but it also happened to be a friend’s birthday, so instead the tickets went to my sister and her boyfriend.  We watched the game at the brewery that we were at and it didn’t look like I was missing much as the Kings found themselves down double digits late in the second half.  But then they started chipping away and chipping away, and with 4.3 seconds left, the Kings found themselves with the ball down just two. The entire brewery had started to pay attention to the game and who else should the ball go to but Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Lakers had 7 foot tall former Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler on him, but Bogdan once again didn’t care. He faked a drive and then stepped back to shoot a high arching three pointer over Chandler. The ball sailed through the net as time expired and I had to fight off conflicting emotions of excitement and also despair that I wasn’t able to be at this game in person.

Bogdan’s final season featured one more game winner, this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Buddy Hield had the ball with the Kings down two, but pressure from the Thunder forced him to get rid of the ball. Fortunately, he found Bogdanovic, who calmly pump faked the oncoming defender and stepped into a wide open three.

It’s too bad the Kings didn’t manage to play in any playoff games while Bogi was here because if anyone was going to step up and deliver in big moments, it was Bogi.

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Hippity_Hop_Barbershop
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August 11, 2022 1:30 pm

That Lakers buzzer beater is OH SO SWEET. The rainbow lasted forever on that shot. So pretty and its against the Lakers which makes it extra juicy. I love Nemanja’s “F it we deserve this” but Bogi’s is my favorite buzzer beater from the Fox era….SO FAR

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August 11, 2022 1:39 pm

Truly the rainiest of rainbows.

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August 11, 2022 5:48 pm
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With a pot of Gold and Purple at the end!

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August 11, 2022 2:03 pm

For me, this is the highlight of the drought, because it’s the Lakers.

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August 11, 2022 3:29 pm
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Fuck the Lakers. Woo hoo!!

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August 11, 2022 2:18 pm

My Dad and I were watching the end of that Laker game on TV. When the Lakers got the lead we basically just assumed the Kings were gonna Kangz the end of the game, but we jumped out of our seats when Bogi hit that game winner.

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August 11, 2022 2:28 pm

Your Sacramento Kings:
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Constantly shifting, but rarely using the clutch.

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August 11, 2022 4:47 pm
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But the players can practically drive through the lane with their eyes closed!
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August 11, 2022 2:49 pm

The game winners by Bogi, Bjeli, Barnes and Buddy in the last 5 years all have a special place in my heart. They’re like small oases of happiness in the desert that is Kangz fandom

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August 11, 2022 5:49 pm
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What a poetically perfect way to describe it.

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August 11, 2022 3:28 pm

In the second video I was relieved to see everyone hi-five Kosta Koufos when he put his hand out there.

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August 11, 2022 4:09 pm
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August 11, 2022 4:20 pm
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Unlike Len
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August 11, 2022 3:32 pm

Bogdan BogDAMNovich!

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August 11, 2022 4:14 pm

I hear by announce the creation of an All-Playoff-Drought-Team. Bogi is definitely on mine.

5 players on the All-Playoff-Drought-Team. Who you all got?

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August 11, 2022 7:06 pm
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August 11, 2022 8:42 pm
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I thought about that, but does he beat out Fox? IT played for 3 seasons, but there is a lot of nostalgia and “what ifs” there. Just for reference one of my first thoughts was The Yeti, who played here for 4 years.

In all honesty, PF is the hardest one. JT? K9? Shareef? Top Hat?

I think the yogurt pie eaters and marriage destroyers of this website have a task ahead of them. Who are the All-Playoff-Drought-Team? It’s worthy of an article.

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August 11, 2022 10:43 pm
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JT by sheer amount of games.
He is also a personification of a lot of themes during the drought:
nice guy, hard worker, so-so talent, low BBIQ.

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August 12, 2022 10:48 am
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They should bring back JT to serve as a veteran mentor!

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August 12, 2022 10:49 am
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Wow. Cold world.

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August 12, 2022 11:57 am
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Crazy to think he went from Kings starter to out of the league just one year after he left Sacramento.

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August 11, 2022 5:04 pm

I wished to watch that Fakers game at home after work, but I visited Youtube while working, and nba.com accidentally showed a “preview picture” of Bogi at NBA top 10….
(which automatically imply Bogi is going to have BIG shot in that game)

Just a unexpected spoiler by NBA.com / Youtube……..

and I was not that “excited” after watching that game winner, as I can guess it gonna be happening (based on that preview picture)

p.s. I hate Spoiler !!!!!!

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August 11, 2022 5:07 pm

Another fun Tale?
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Looks like most of this has been scrubbed off the Internet.

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August 11, 2022 5:49 pm
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LOL

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August 12, 2022 3:48 pm
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The internet doesnt forget.

https://twitter.com/CBSSacramento/status/1230862416449277954?s=20&t=gUYBKXkuNiU9sIAf1b5v1w

https://www.gofundme.com/f/seven-years-is-not-failing-fast-fire-the-kings-gm

The timing was horrible since the week of the billboard was the week the US decided to shut down.

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August 12, 2022 5:24 pm
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This was really a fan driven effort with lots of help from the fans beyond money.

And the leftover money from the gofundme was donated as part of the kngsherald covid foodbank donation.



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August 13, 2022 11:23 am
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Right on, G-naps. An awesome Tale from the Viv-Vla-Drought.

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August 12, 2022 12:15 am

I’m a devoted fan of this place, but if you ain’t gonna total up and figure out last season’s Nostradumbass winner, you shouldn’t it again. Admit it, you’re too lazy to go back and do the work.

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“Here’s a fun thing that we do here, in addition to the excellent coverage, all of which is provided in our free time, because we all have full time jobs.”

In other words, a legally-binding contract with site users. You’ll be hearing from my attorneys.

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