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Bojan Bogdanovic loves to shoot, thinks he's a shooting guard


Bojan Boganovic had another excellent performance Wednesday in the Turkish Cup, an intense local tournament in Istanbul. Similar competitions are held across Europe this weekend. Fenerbahce, Bogdanovic's team, could play three games in four days if they win it all. As per usual, Bogdanovic shot well from the 2 position, going 3-of-5 from two, 3-of-7 from three and 1-of-2 from the line in the win. His 16 points were his lowest scoring total in three weeks.

One of the more interesting aspects of whether Bojan Bogdanovic joins the Nets next year (or 2014) is where does he play. He's been called (including by us) a 6'8" swingman, but in Europe and in his own mind, he sees himself as a shooting guard.

"I want to show my shooting game. I am a shooting guard. If I come one day to the NBA, I want to be a shooting guard here," he told reporters after working out for the Nets two weeks before the 2011 draft. Then, in an interview with Chris Carrino after the draft, he said it again. Asked by Carrino what his best assets are, he replied with a smile, "I think it is my shot. I am a shooting guard. So I am trying to shoot a lot of balls in games and score points."

The Nets international scout, who highly recommended Bogdanovic (and Toko Shengelia) called Bogdanovic "a combination of Peja Stojakovic and Carlos Delfino."

His statistical package certainly shows it. He's a 50/40/90 shooter this year in the Euroleague -- 50 percent from two, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the line. Those are Ray Allen numbers ... or Drazen Petrovic, who in his last season with the Nets hit 52/45/87. Although blessed with the healthy ego of a shooter, Bogdanovic says he doesn't expect to be as good a shooter as Petrovic in the NBA.