Out goes Paul Pierce, in comes Bojan Bogdanovic.
That appears to be the case, after watching a couple of Nets preseason games.
Bogdanovic is an NBA rookie but a guy with plenty of international experience who showed us in the World Cup he can shoot the rock, although he has yet to find his rhythm in the preseason (40 percent shooting overall and 2-of-7 from three). Still coach Lionel Hollins and the Nets apparently like what they see.
This was the one of the take aways from the Nets game in China from the New York Post.
Bojan Bogdanovic appears to have the fifth starting spot sewn up.
No, Bogdanovic didn’t play lights-out in Shanghai, but he did get the most minutes on the team, and for the second straight game was part of the starting lineup. Though he didn’t knock down any of his three open 3-pointers, the fact he got those wide-open looks is exactly why it seems likely he’s going to wind up there….
It will take Bogdanovic some time to get used to the NBA 3-point line, which is deeper than Europe’s, but the Nets are invested in him doing well. And with Alan Anderson spending the last week sidelined with an abdominal injury and Andrei Kirilenko better off as a utility option off the bench, Bogdanovic seems ticketed to be in the starting lineup on Oct. 29 in Boston.
Bogdanovic brings a well-rounded game to the NBA but there were questions about whether the Nets would go to him early or bring him along more slowly ala Mirza Teletovic. Apparently they are just going to throw him in the fire.
Bogdanovic will find his range, his ability to shoot the rock is not the question, but the pace of the NBA game is a little different from Europe, the defenders are more athletic, the shots come from slightly different spots and angles, and the three point line is deeper. It’s an adjustment.
Bogdanovic’s adjustment and defense will be things to watch in Brooklyn. With Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez scoring should not be an issue for the Nets, and with Bogdanovic as an outlet valve in the corner he should get good looks. They will eventually fall.