Bojan Bogdanovic, SG/SF, Indiana
There currently is no connection with the Mavs and Bojan and I do expect Bogdanovic to stay in Indiana this off season. However, he will be hitting the market and he intrigues me, hence why I wanted to add him in this article.
Bogdanovic for most of his career has been a third or fourth scoring option. He’s an efficient scorer, but doesn’t do much else. He isn’t a playmaker and he isn’t the 3-and-D type of wingman. In fact, his box plus/minus has never been higher than 0 in his career according to Sports Reference.
When Victor Oladipo went down with his freak injury this season, it was up to the Pacers to play better. Bogdanovic stepped up his role and he was a big reason they didn’t fall out of the playoff race. (Even though they got swept by Boston, making it to the playoffs without your superstar can be difficult)
After averaging 14.3 PPG on a 47/40/87 scoring line last season, this season he increased that average to 18 PPG on a 50/43/81 scoring line. Even though the free throw percentage has dripped a bit, he is scoring more points on more shots with better efficiency. What this season has proven is Bogdanovic can handle a bigger load of the offense with roughly the same usage rate.
With Bogdanovic breaking out, he would be a great scoring addition to the Mavs playing either SG or SF. This also gives the Mavs flexibility on where they want to play Luka. Currently, he’s being owed $10.5 million. Bogdanovic doesn’t provide anything else besides consistent scoring; this should lower his contract value.
If the Mavs elect to not sign a max free agent and instead opt for some important rotational guys, Bogdanovic could be an excellent signing as he plays starting minutes. He’d also continue the All-Europe team the Mavs seem to have.