2018 All-Star is behind us and on the main event, Team Lebron won against Team Stephen 148-145, but for me what was more interesting was the Rising Stars game, where Team World won against Team USA 155 – 124.
The surprise MVP of the game was young Serbian guard, Bogdan Bogdanovic. Not that he isn’t a talented player or having a bad first year, it’s just we haven’t heard much about the Sacramento Kings rookie this year. That’s because this year’s crop of rookies has been amazing.
Despite earning this prestigious honor, Bogdan “Bogi” Bogdanovic is still, to many, completely unknown player. Many fans came to Rising Stars game for the Philadelphia 76ers duo of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. They came for local favorites Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers.
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So who is Bogdan Bogdanovic?
As a young player, he joined a couple of teams in his own town, like KK Zvezdara and KK Žitko Basket. He signed contract with Partizan Belgrade at the age of 18 and he made his name in that well respected Serbian club.
In that time he played under the guidance of coach Dusko Vujosevic who crafted many young players under his belt. Names of Nikola Pekovic (ex Minnesota), Boban Marjanovic (LA Clippers), Bertrans (San Antonio Spurs), Jan Vesely (Fenerbahce) and Bogdan Bogdanovic are just some players that Vujosevic crafted from a young age and made them respectable basketball players.
After 4 years in Partizan Belgrade, Bogdanovic went to Fenerbahce where he worked with another legendary Serbian coach, Zeljko Obradovic and where he won Euroleague in 2016/17 season. At the end of the season, Bogi decided to sign a contract with Sacramento Kings and he inked a rookie-record three-year, $36M contract.
Bogdanovic showed in Rising Stars game that he is ready for the NBA and that he can compete on the highest level. At the moment he’s averaging for his Sacramento Kings 11.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds and shooting an excellent 40 percent from three.
This 25-year-old guard is a really nice guy, he is loved by fans and teammates and also he is a big fan of video games, in particular, World of Warcraft. He also loves to play for his Serbian national basketball team, that won the silver medal at 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, silver at 2016 Summer Olympics and silver at EuroBasket 2017.