Bogdan Trumps Bojan With Game-Winner
It couldn't have been scripted any better.
There was Bogdan Bogdanovic, recent first-round pick of the Phoenix Suns, facing off against Nets offseason signee Bojan Bogdanovic in the closing seconds of an international contest.
Don't worry, you're not alone if the nearly identical names confused you. This summer, a handful of writers unintentionally typed one when they meant the other. Heck, even ESPN thought they were showing draft night highlights of the Suns' Bogdanovic. Instead, it was a reel of Bojan.
Not that games such as the one that took place over the weekend help. Both players were guarding each other, and both were wearing No. 7 for their respective teams.
The matchup of Bogdan (Suns/Serbia) and Bojan (Nets/Croatia) came courtesy of the exhibition games (or "friendlies") that take place leading up to international competitions; in this case, the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Defensively, the Suns' Bogdanovic did all the right things (at least as shown in the clip below). On the first play, he rotated to the open shooter in the corner and left Bojan open to take the statistically more difficult angle three-pointer. Later in the closing seconds, he frustrated Bojan into a contested fall-away jumper from just inside the right-corner three-point line.
Bogdan had better success on offense, where he used his teammate as a hand-off screen to shed Bojan and nail what ended up being the game-winning three-pointer.
Serbia will need more production from Bogdanovic and his teammates in the upcoming World Cup. Their group includes international heavyweights Spain, France and Brazil. Iran and Egypt are the other two teams in Group A. The top four teams from group play advance to the elimination rounds.