Bogdan Bogdanovic selected by Suns with No. 27 pick in NBA draft
The Suns selected Bogdan Bogdanovic with the 27th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here’s a look at Bogdanovic and how he fits with Phoenix:
Bio: Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) | Country: Serbia | Age: 21 | Shooting guard
Vitals: 6-5, 188 pounds
2013-14 stats: 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 40.1 FG%, 34.0 3FG%
Strengths: Bogdanovic, who withdrew from last year's draft, enjoyed a breakout season with Partizan, winning the Euroleague Rising Star award for best young performer. (He is not to be confused with 2011 draftee Bojan Bogdanovic, who is not related.) At 6-6, Bogdanovic can play either guard spot, score in a variety of ways and facilitate offense when needed. He projects as a capable defender, active in the passing lanes with a 6-11 wingspan.
Weaknesses: Bogdanovic isn't an outstanding athlete and can be turnover-prone. He’s not really an elite scorer or playmaker, and doesn’t possess one NBA-quality skill he can sell right now. He could end up being a draft-and-stash guy.
Team fit: Bogdanovic can run a bit wild when generating offense off the dribble. That's understandable given that the 21-year-old guard is still developing as a shot creator. He likely won't pan out as a primary ball handler in the NBA, but Bogdanovic has the feel, length and shooting ability to be an interesting combo guard prospect.