Zach Lowe of Grantland is one of the NBA's best writers ... and a big fan of Croatian basketball. His wife is Croatian and he visits the country every summer. So a Croatian website interviewed him about the prospects of the three Croatian players likely to play in the NBA: Bojan Bogdanovic and Damjan Rudez who'll play in the NBA this season and Dario Saric, the 76ers lottery pick.
Although Lowe thinks Saric, who's only 20, has the most NBA potential --once he come over, he sees Bogdanovic as the more interesting because of his skills, experience that that he's coming to a "good team."
Here's what he told reporter Igor Marinović ...
Bogdanovic is 25 now, so we've been waiting to see him here for a while, and as a New Yorker, it will be fun for me to watch him up close in Brooklyn. He has a well-rounded game that should make him easy to fit in any context, though he will have to adjust to not being an offensive centerpiece -- and getting a ton of post-ups -- the way he has been in Europe and on the Croatian national team. It will also be interesting to see how well he can shoot the NBA 3.
Bogdanovic will be more interesting from this perspective. He's joining a good team with three players who use the ball a ton in Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, and Brook Lopez. They also played small for most of last season after Lopez got hurt, with Paul Pierce at power forward, and it's unclear how much they'll do that now that Lopez is healthy. They aren't deep at power forward, though, especially if Kevin Garnett struggles again.
Lowe says Bogdanovic should follow the "path" of Mirza Teletovic to rotation player.
Bogdanovic looks like more a straight-up wing player in the NBA, and Mirza Teletovic's path to the Nets rotation is a reminder that minutes don't always come right away, even for new international guys making good money.