Starting Shooting Guard: Bojan Bogdanovic
It was tough to choose between Bojan Bogdanovic and Sean Kilpatrick for this position, but Bogdanovic has the edge with more experience. Though the Nets tend to alternate between using Bogdanovic at shooting guard and small forward, Bogdanovic’s shooting hand makes him the perfect fit to start at the two.
The 27-year-old swingman already played two seasons with the Nets, but didn’t always get a spot in the starting lineup. Bogdanovic’s numbers of 10.1 points and three rebounds per game in Brooklyn are decent for a role player, but he’ll finally get his chance to shine this season. If his performance in the Rio Olympics is any indication of how he’ll do this season, then we’re in for a thrilling year. Bogdanovic is posting 25.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game over the course of four Olympic matches.
Bogdanovic will be backed by Kilpatrick and offseason additions Randy Foye and Joe Harris. Having Kilpatrick come off the bench guarantees instant offense for the Nets’ second unit. Kilpatrick had the best season of his career with the Nets last year, averaging 13.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. Meanwhile, the Nets will likely use Foye as more of a veteran presence, as Foye is towards the tail-end of his career.
Harris, on the other hand, is still a work in progress, and could end up being sent to Long Island. In his two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Harris averaged just 2.5 points per game. Harris only played five games with the Cavs last season, and was traded midseason after undergoing season-ending surgery on his right foot. He’ll have to display far more production if he wants to see serious minutes in Brooklyn.
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