The highest-paid rookie in NBA history is a 25-year old, World of Warcraft-loving Serbian guard. But despite being one of the most intriguing players on one of the most intriguing rosters in the league, he is, to many, a completely unknown player. So, who is the Sacramento Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic? Well, Boban Marjanovic, internet sensation, Detroit Pistons big man, and Bogdanovic's teammate on the Serbian national team, would tell you he's a great player, but more importantly, he's a great person. "Everybody knows how he's a great player," Marjanovic told CBS Sports after the Pistons lost to the Milwaukee Bucks on an early December night in Milwaukee. "I can say first, because I know him personally, he's an amazing guy, amazing person. What's most important is to have all the full package of basketball skills and great guy off the court." And the statistics would tell you that through his first 26 games in the Association, Bogdanovic is averaging 10 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals, and shooting 36.2 percent from downtown. For rookies, he's ninth in scoring, ninth in assists, fifth in steals, and eighth in 3-point percentage. But it is hard to paint a complete picture with platitudes and statistics. So let us turn to the words of Bogdanovic and those closest to him, as well as the film from his first few months in the NBA. Then, we will truly get the answer to who is Bogdan Bogdanovic? Bogdan Bogdanovic is an underrated playmaker ... After shooting 43 percent on 3-pointers for Fenerbahce last season in the EuroLeague, and 37.6 percent from downtown over the course of 108 career EuroLeague games, Bogdanovic came into the NBA with the reputation of being a strong shooter. However, it's been his playmaking ability which has drawn the attention of his coach and teammates. "I think often times he's labeled perhaps as a shooter, but I think he is more of a playmaker," Kings coach Dave Joerger said before the Sacramento played Milwaukee in early December. In the quiet visiting locker room following the Kings' 109-104 loss that night, veteran forward Garrett Temple agreed. "When I signed, last year actually, they said we had a guy, Bogdanovic, that was gonna come over next year probably," Temple told CBS Sports. "He was a shooter, but I didn't know about his playmaking ability, ability to work off pick-and-rolls." Though his assist totals -- 2.3 per game, ninth among rookies -- aren't gaudy, they are pretty solid considering he isn't a point guard. As Vince Carter told CBS Sports, Bogdanovic "just knows how to play." In particular, Bogdanovic has developed quite a nice little partnership in the pick-and-roll with Willie Cauley-Stein, feeding the big man time and again for finishes at the rim. For the season, 20 of his 61 assists have gone to the big man, while he's thrown no more than six to anyone else on the team.
Getting to know Bogdan Bogdanovic, NBA's highest-paid and most intriguing rookie
CBS Sports | Dec 19