Bojan Bogdanovic has now missed 15 straight three pointers in the Euroleague and Turkish League but even with his touch from deep missing, the 6'8" swingman had enough to lead Fenerbahce to an upset win over Panathinaikos of Greece in the Euroleague's Round of 16. Prior to the game, Fener was 0-3 and Pana 3-0 in the round, from which the top four teams are drawn for Europe's Final Four.
Bogdanovic shot 5-of-10 overall, but 0-of-3 from deep and went to the line eight times, making five, for 15 points. He also had a big play at the end of the game. After a timeout, Pana's Ramel Curry darted for a layup to make it 71-69. However Linas Kleiza sank a killer jumper, Dimitis Diamantidis missed a three and Bogdanovic eyed an open Luka Zoric for a slam to lock up the victory. The win was particularly emotional for Fener coach Zeljko Obradovic, who won five EL titles in Pana over 13 years.
On Wednesday, Bogdanovic got some accolades in the Euroleague's mid-season GM survey. He was named the league's best small forward, with 33.3 percent of the GM votes. He also finished fifth in the shooting guard voting!
Bogdanovic finished third in the "pure shooter" category, behind JayCee Carroll, who played for the Nets 2008 summer league team, and Juan Carlos Navarro. He also tied for third when GM's were asked, "if you were able to sign any player in the Euroleague, who would it be?" He garnered 8.3 percent in both votes.
Besides Carroll, there were a couple of players with Nets connections listed high in the survey. Nenad Krstic finished at the top of the center rankings. Marcus Williams finished sixth among point guards.
Ilkan Karaman, drafted in 2012, still has not played this season, recovering from off-season knee surgery. Edin Bavcic, acquired this week in the Tyshawn Taylor trade, plays Saturday in the Greek League. He's averaging 7.4 points and 5.7 rebounds.