Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey believes Bojan Bogdanovic deserves to be an All-Star in 2023. The nine-year veteran scored the most in September after the Utah Jazz traded bogeyman Saben Lee and Kelly Olynyk to the Pistons for cash.
“I’ve coached a lot of star players: Nowitzki, DeRozan and Garnett,” Casey said. “Offensively, as far as scoring the ball, he’s up there with those guys … he’s as good a scorer as any I’ve been around.”
The Pistons have the third-lowest odds to win the championship in 2023, according to several NBA betting sites. With Cade Cunningham out for the season, many sportsbooks don’t expect a playoff run this season.
Casey on Bojan Bogdanovic’s all-star candidacy: “I’ve coached a lot of star players — Nowitzki, DeRozan, Garnett — offensively, scoring the ball, he’s right up there with those guys… he’s as good as any.” I was the scorer.
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In 31 starts this season, Bogdanovic is averaging 21.3 points and 2.5 assists per game. In addition to averaging 3.5 rebounds per game, the forward is shooting 49.7% from the floor and 42.3% from 3-point range.
Bogdanovic is 18th in points (659), 12th in free throws made (90.1%), 17th in free throws made (145), 18th in true shooting percentage (64.9%), and 14th in 3-point field goals made (80). His 64.9% true shooting percentage is the best of his entire NBA career.
Pistons coach Dwane Casey says Bojan Bogdanovic is worthy of an All-Star selection this season.
On December 11, in the Pistons’ 124–117 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the wing scored a game-high 38 points in 35 minutes of action. He finished 12-of-22 (54.5%) from the field and 6-of-12 (50%) from beyond the arc.
Casey is using Bogdanovic on the court in 25.5% of plays against the nine-year veteran. This stat is his highest usage percentage since his time with the Jazz in the 2019-20 season.
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In October, the forward signed a two-year contract extension with Detroit worth $39.03 million. He is making $19.55 million this season and $20 million next season.
While Bogdanovich isn’t ideal to start with the likes of Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo, he’ll probably earn a reserve spot in the minds of some Pistons fans. This is the decision of the voters.
NBA All-Star voting is now open. Supporters hold 50% of the vote.