Bogdanovic was drafted 31st overall in 2011 by Miami before having his draft rights dealt to the Nets.
Bogdanovic, 25, is a 6-foot-8 Croatian sharpshooter who signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Nets. Last season, he averaged 14.8 points in 24 Euroleague games for Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey).
The Nets acquired Bogdanovic’s rights in a draft night trade back in 2011. Three years later, he’s finally in the NBA.
Expectations for most foreign players are usually quite high. This is a preseason reminder that you should probably temper yours. Making the transition from overseas leagues to the NBA takes time.
Below, I looked at the first-year statistics of some of the most successful foreign players in NBA history. I also looked at Bogdanovic’s teammate, Mirza Teletovic, who only recently made the transition himself.
As you can see, even for the best of the best, there was an adjustment period.
Only time will tell whether Bogdanovic ever reaches the level of a Petrovic, Stojakovic, Ginobili or Kukoc. Maybe he becomes a star. Maybe he becomes a solid role player. Maybe he turns out to be a bust. Either way, if he goes through early-season struggles in 2014-15, there is no reason to freak out or make a rash judgment about how his career will end.