Bojan Bogdanovic had a great weekend coming off the bench. After suffering through a bad shooting slump, Lionel Hollins did last week what Bogie's European coach Zeljko Obradovic, did last year at around the same time: made him sixth man. It worked last year in Istanbul and it looks like it may work this year in Brooklyn.
In the two wins over Philadelphia and Charlotte, Bogdanovic was 8-of-12 in 36 minutes, scoring 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and one gorgeous assist vs the Hornets, a three-quarter court bounce pass that found Darius Morris for the finish and a foul. The Nets won both.
His inconsistency hasn't hurt him that much in the rookie rankings. None of the three out this week has him lower than No. 9, the other two put him at Nos. 4 and 5. It seems everyone understands he's in a slump. And despite that slump, he's still fifth in scoring among rookies at 9.1. He's also fourth in minutes (28.6), down a bit since he was taken out of the starting lineup; fifth in overall shooting percentage (42.9%), sixth in three point shooting (34.5%).and seventh in free throw shooting (79.2%) and tenth in PER.
Here's the latest, none of them having had he benefit of seeing his weekend play.
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The big minutes returned when he started making shots again. Some coincidence. Even with the 1-of-6 no-show Monday against the Cavaliers, Bogdanovic is still 19 of 43 from the field the last five games, not bad for this class and an encouraging bounce-back after disappearing from the offense. That gets him back to 42.5 percent overall.
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His inconsistency is becoming consistent. Here are his nets60scoring averages and shooting numbers over the last four weeks of our rankings: 13.7 points on 15-of-32 shooting; 3.7 points on 2-of-17 shooting; 12.3 points on 16-of-33 shooting; and this week, 2.3 points on 3-of-15 shooting. Even worse for BoBo is he is giving away minutes to Alan Anderson.
For the most part, Bojan Bogdanovic has alternated good weeks with bad ones, but given the lack of production from the field, his good ones hold enough weight. And he's been on point as of late, having scored in double figures in three of his last five games, most notably a 14-point effort in a win over the San Antonio Spurs. Bogdanovic does just about all of his work off the ball, considering 69.4 percent of his shot attempts have been taken without the use of a dribble beforehand. At this point, he's been more efficient as a finisher than he has been consistent as a shooter. Bogdanovic is shooting 68.8 percent at the rim and only 33.8 percent on spot-up jumpers outside 10 feet. He's been a nice addition for Brooklyn, but he'd pack even more value as a role player if he could just start knocking down outside shots with a little more consistency.