2011 NBA Draft Review: Nets Get a Steal in Bojan Bogdanovic


By Cory Bernstein

People can just call me The Oracle at Delphi, because I said The Nets should get Bojan at any means necessary, and thankfully they did just that.

Trading cash considerations for Bojan was a robbery of a trade for the Nets. Having such a rich owner is a huge advantage, because Prokhorov is willing to give up a little bit of his huge bank account to buy draft picks. After trading up for MarShon Brooks, The Nets once again made a draft day trade, this time getting one of the most electrifying scorers in all of Europe.

We won’t see Bogdanovic for a year or two, but this is fine because we gave up almost nothing to get him. When he comes to the NBA (which will probably be in 2013), he will be twenty four years old, and be as polished as ever. The Nets used their first two picks on players who will be able to come right into the league and be effective. I don’t know how good Jordan Williams or MarShon Brooks will be, but I can say that they both fill immediate needs for The Nets and will be expected to produce next season (if there is one). Bojan is just a bonus pick who could turn into the best player of these three. He averaged nearly twenty points per game in the European league last year, which is just as if not more impressive then MarShon Brooks’ 24.6 points per game in The Big East.

Bojan Bogdanovic may not be a household name, but he is an incredible talent for the 31st pick in the draft. The cash considerations that The Nets traded may turn into a great small forward. Although Billy King is not normally seen as the best drafter, getting Bojan and Marshon Brooks proves that he knows what he’s doing as a GM. The Nets may have found two wingmen in this draft who could start for years in the NBA.

Grade - A++

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