• 2017-18 averages: 78 G | 53 GS | 27.9 MP | 11.8 PTS | 2.9 REB | 3.3 AST | 0.9 STL | 0.2 BLK | 1.6 TOV | 44.6 FG% | 39.2 3P% | 84.0 FT% |

    The biggest question mark coming into the season for the Kings perhaps wasn’t one of their three first-round draft picks, but the point guard out of Serbia.

    Bogdanovic was sent over to the Kings in 2016 as part of a draft day swap with the Suns and immediately became an intriguing option for Sacramento. When Bogdanovic made the move to the States, it was to the tune of three years, $27 million which instantly categorized him as one of the highest paid players on the team’s roster.

    He missed time to begin the season due to an ankle injury, but as soon as he joined the team on the floor, he was impactful. He went on to lead the team in minutes played this season, so his ability to stay on the floor was impressive.

    Though he was known for his scoring ability in Europe, Bogdanovic wasn’t one of the team’s offensive weapons out of the gate, posting an offensive rating of 95 in November (his first full month in the league), but he quickly became comfortable in the team’s offense as one of their primary 3-point shooters.

    Bogdanovic hoisted just 55 3-pointers in his first 16 games, but followed that up with 66 3-point attempts in December (15 games). He also finished the season scoring 42.2 percent of his points from beyond the arc.

    He also showed off his masterful 3-point shooting in an all-around performance against the Jazz, finishing with a career-high 25 points. He also went 6-for-6 at the 3-point line.

    Not only was Bogdanovic’s ability to score obvious, but his ability to make plays for his teammates was also conclusive as the season went on. After averaging less than two assists per game in October and November combined, he dished out 3.5 and 3.6 assists per game in the months of December and January, respectively.

    With that part of his game put on full display, it allowed the Kings to part with their highest paid player, George Hill, when the trade deadline came around.

    After Hill was traded, Bogdanovic excelled as a primary ball-handler, averaging 4.7 assists per game in February. One of his most explosive weapons, Willie Cauley-Stein, was the prime target when the ball was in Bogdanovic’s hands, often executing the pick and roll to perfection.

    Bogdanovic’s vision and ability to read a defense helped him get the better of the athletically gifted defenders he faced in the NBA. His ability to put the ball in a position where only his teammate could get it was almost quarterback-ish at times.

    Bogdanovic, at 25 years old, may very well be getting close to his peak years, and with the rest of the Kings being so young, he’ll need to be a leader for the team sooner rather than later.

    He showed his readiness to take big shots and although he didn’t hit all the attempts he took in the crucial moments, he was still able to hit some must-have baskets down the stretch for the team, including games against the Grizzlies and Warriors (with this game-winner coming against one of the best man-to-man defenders in the league, Draymond Green).

    Bogdanovic is far from being the type of player you bet the house on. He has some mental lapses, especially on defense. He had one of the worst defensive ratings on the team (113), finishing his rookie season tied for second worst on the team with De’Aaron Fox. He also showed some inability to make good decisions, as he had times where he forced passes into crowded spaces and turned over the ball at a relatively high rate of 13.2 percent (third highest on the team.)

    As the season winded down for Bogdanovic his play, like most rookies not accustomed to the 82-game season, suffered. He ended the season shooting just 40.7 percent in his last five games and just 33.3 percent from 3-point range. Bogdanovic’s true shooting percentage also sat at a season-low 48.6 percent in the month of April.

    Bogdanovic showed the type of player he can be as he knocked down 3-pointers with the best of them at times and also utilized his size to make passes smaller players wouldn’t be able to, but, like many on the team, he still has room to grow.

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