Bogdan Bogdanovic selected by Suns with No. 27 pick in NBA draft

Wednesday June 25th, 2014

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.

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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.

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