After 11 weeks atop the Euroleague in scoring, Bojan Bogdanovic fell into second last week, behind Alexis Ajinca, signed this week by the Pelicans. After a 20 point game (in 25 minutes) Thursday, Bogdanovic is now averaging 18.1 points a game, a point ahead of Ajinca.
In Thursday's game, a blowout vs. JSF Nanterre of France, Bogdanovic hit 8-of-13, including 1-of-3 from deep, playing sparingly in the second half. He's now shooting 55/44/88 for the season and is also 11th in the Euroleague in player efficiency. Bogdanovic is generally seen as the second best "Euro-Stash", those players drafted by NBA teams still in Europe. The top pick is Nikola Mirotic, a 6'10" forward whose rights are owned by the Bulls. Mirotic, who's been compared to Toni Kukoc, is No. 1.
Valentin Le Clezio, a French basketball blogger and NetsDaily poster (BBfromLA) was on hand in Nanterre. Here are his impressions:
"OKC, Portland, Boston and Orlando were there to scout draft prospects. No Nets. Bogdanovic looked really, really good. Coming off the bench, his first 4 possessions: 4 post-ups and 4 buckets. Then he went outside a little bit and showed great touch. Not the first time I've watched him live but he looks really big. Easily 6'8 and strong physically. Great post-up threat at the NBA level. NBA ready and certainly would be in the rotation right now."