The Brooklyn Nets might just have gotten lucky even after their free agent targets this 2016 offseason signed with their previous teams. In Brazil, a Nets wingman is making a name for himself and could be Jeremy Lin’s starting backcourt mate in Brooklyn for the upcoming 2016-2017 NBA Season.
Bojan Bogdanovic, a Nets guard/forward who also plays for the Croatian national team, led his country to a thrilling win over hosts Brazil, 80-76 in the group stages of the men’s basketball competition at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Bogdanovic had a game-high 33 points and also had 6 rebounds and 3 assists in Croatia’s second victory in the tournament. Bogdanovic, who shot an excellent 10-of-16 field goals, is Croatia’s leading scorer with 24.7 points per game so far in Rio.
Bogdanovic is also the second leading scorer in the tournament, next to Australia and San Antonio Spurs point guard Patty Mills, who averages 25.7 points per game. With Bogdanovic scoring nicely for his country, Croatia needs just one more win to advance the knockout quarterfinals round.
The Nets tried to get Jeremy Lin backcourt partners in Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe from free agency. However, both were restricted free agents and their teams, the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers, matched the huge deals offered by Brooklyn.
With Bogdanovic exploding in Rio, the Nets might just have found their backcourt partner for Jeremy Lin, who is expected to start at the point guard position and run the team.
The Nets are expected to be one of the worst teams in the league but if Je Lin, Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic play well, there is a chance Brooklyn won’t struggle and challenge for a playoffs spot in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
Can the Croatian translate his good international performance to the NBA? Will a Jeremy Lin, Bojan Bogdanovic backcourt work in Brooklyn?
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