Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and Bleacher Report have all listed the FIBA World Cup players --and prospects-- who could make some noise this season and Bojan Bogdanovic is on all three.
In SI.com's list of "10 NBA players starring on international teams," the Nets soon-to-be rookie ranked 8th on Jeremy Woo's list. Here's what he wrote...
Not to be (but likely to be) confused with Bogdan Bogdanovic, who’s playing for Serbia and was just drafted by Phoenix, Bojan has averaged a cool 20 points per game to lead Croatia, who’ve gone 3-2 in the World Cup to advance out of Group B. He’s a good shooter and will join Brooklyn as a rookie this season. He may not replace the departed Paul Pierce, but Bogdanovic should add some size and scoring punch for the Nets on the wing behind Joe Johnson.
Sean Deveney ranks "NBA prospects at World Cup" and puts Bogdanovic on his short list at No. 3. He has Giannis Antetokounmpo at No. 1, the Spurs' Aron Bayans at No. 2. That means the Nets' swingman is the Cup's top NBA rookie in Deveney's eye.
The Nets finally gave a contract to their 25-year-old sharpshooter in July, and Bogdanovic celebrated by scoring 26 points on 9-for-18 shooting in Croatia’s opener. He has been up-and-down with his 3-point shooting, but in a must-win game against Puerto Rico, he went to the free-throw line 17 times, making 14. He currently ranks sixth in the tournament in scoring.
Bleacher Report lists 10 players whose "breakout" performances have given them new or renewed recognition. Jim Cavan has this to say about Bogdanovic.
Bogdanovic, originally selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2011 draft, will begin his NBA journey this fall as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. And if the Croatian sharpshooter’s FIBA play is any kind of harbinger—20.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists on 48 percent shooting—the Nets can look forward to a lot of nifty scoring coming off the bench.
Deveney and others are also wondering whether the Jazz's Dante Exum, a 19-year-old Australian point guard is an NBA player now. He will be paid roughly the same at Bogdanovic this season.
- Pau Gasol, J.J. Barea among international NBA players starring at World Cup - Jeremy Woo - Sports Illustrated
- NBA prospects at FIBA World Cup - Sean Deveney
10 NBA Players Opening Eyes at 2014 FIBA World Cup - James Cavan - Bleacher Report
- 2014 FIBA World Cup: Previewing the Round of 16 - Zach Harper - CBS Sports