Kings rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic insists he wanted to get to the NBA much more quickly than he did. He declared for the 2013 NBA draft. “That’s how I put myself on radar here,” said Bogdanovic, who was playing in his native Serbia. He garnered some attention, but not enough, so he withdrew. He declared again in 2014, and the Suns picked him No. 27. “Honestly, I wanted to come right over that year,” Bogdanovic said. But Phoenix told him he’d likely spend significant time with its minor-league affiliate, so he returned to Europe. “The plan was one only,” Bogdanovic said of how many more seasons he’d spend overseas. He signed with Turkish power Fenerbahçe and helped the club reach its first-ever EuroLeague Final Four. Bogdanovic again considered coming stateside, but a prohibitive buyout and desire to win a EuroLeague title pushed him back to Fenerbahçe another year. That season, he helped the team reached the EuroLeague championship game. Fenerbahçe fell behind big early, made a thrilling comeback to force overtime, but still fell to CSKA Moscow. “I learned to be ready to pay every single game – like it’s the last one in life,” Bogdanovic said in what sounded like a nod to that devastating result or the time a previous coach choked him during a game. The Suns dealt Bogdanovic’s rights to Sacramento on draft night 2016 (trading up for the No. 8 pick to get Marquese Chriss), delaying Bogdanovic’s NBA debut yet another year.
Highest-paid rookie in NBA history, Bogdan Bogdanovic proving himself with Kings
Pro Basketball Talk | Feb 21