Fresh off a solid summer with the Croatian national side, Bojan Bogdaovic is now targeting a Playoff spot for the Brooklyn Nets this upcoming season – despite many pundits predicting that they will be amongst the worst teams in the league.
The Nets are rank outsiders for the NBA title this year. In fact, they have the largest odds at 500-1, according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
But Bogdanovic has every reason to feel confident. The 27-year-old, who spent three years with Fenerbahce before heading to the NBA shores averaged 25.3 points this summer for Croatia at the Rio Olympics, helping them reach the quarter-finals. His points average was the best of any Olympic basketball player in the last twenty years and his efficiency rating of +19.2 was ranked fourth behind Kevin Durant, Pau Gasol and Mantas Kalnietis.
“I think we can,” Bogdanovic said to the New York Post. “They can write what they want. … But we’re going to work hard to give it our best. When we get in a game, we have a chance to beat anybody. It’s going to be tough, but if we play like we practice, we have a chance.”
Since Joe Johnson’s departure and the obvious rebuilding phase that has followed, Bogdanovic has seen his play in near enough every aspect improve dramatically. He averaged 15.2 points, rising up from 10.4 and he shot the ball with more confidence, hitting 42 percent from three-point land, which is up from 32 percent.
‘Last year when Joe left, I got more minutes, started every game and stretched the floor,’’ Bogdanovic said. “I hope this season we’re going to play much better, and I play at the same level I finished last year.”