Bogdan Bogdanovic’s heartfelt goodbye to Kings fans
Bogdan Bogdanovic is now a member of the Atlanta Hawks after the Sacramento Kings did not match his restricted free agency offer sheet of 4 years and $72 million. After the news broke, Bogdanovic thanked the Sacramento Kings fanbase for three great years:
I’m going to miss all my friends, teammates and one of the best fan bases in NBA!!!
your guy Bogi. 🙏💜 (2/2) pic.twitter.com/m98D0e0D9k
— Bogdan Bogdanovic (@LeaderOfHorde) November 25, 2020
Bogdanovic was actually drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the 2016 draft. The Sacramento Kings acquired him when the Suns moved up to draft Marquese Chris at 8th overall that year.
Clearly, that deal worked out better for the Kings, as Bogdanovic made an All-Rookie team his first season. The Sebian’s three-point shooting prowess was on display from the earliest games of his career.
During his three-year stint in Sacramento, Bogi shot 37.4 percent from deep, and his volume increased in each of his three seasons per Basketball Reference. Of course, Bogdanovic is no youngster anymore, as he played multiple seasons overseas before coming over to the NBA.
As such, Bogdanovic will serve as more of a stable veteran core in Atlanta as opposed to the extremely youthful, rookie-filled lineup of Hawks basketball from years past.
The Hawks were extremely busy this offseason and have a completely new-look team heading into the 2020-21 season. In addition to Bogdanovic, the Hawks have added Kris Dunn, Rajon Rondo and Danilo Gallinari in free agency as well as rookies Onyeka Onkongwu (6th overall), Skylar Mays (52nd overall) and two-way big man Nathan Knight (undrafted) following the 2020 NBA Draft.
Combine that haul with the trade deadline acquisition of Clint Capela, and the Hawks are looking like a fairly solid playoff team in the East – and Bogdanovic is a major reason why.