Over the past several weeks, T.J. Warren and Archie Goodwin have transformed before our eyes. Warren has scored in double-figures in three consecutive games (on at least 67% shooting in each game), while Goodwin has finally carved out a spot in the rotation.
But let's not stop the hype train. Let's focus on the 27th overall pick of the 2014 draft and current swing man for Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul, Bogdan Bogdanovic.
I do not profess to be an expert of Euroleague basketball; I just made the video. However, here is what we do know:
In his first full Euroleague season in 2013-14, the 6'6" SG Bogdanovic led Partizan Belgrade in scoring, averaging 14.8 points, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He shot 40% from the field and 37% from deep. Partizan managed to advance to the Top 16 in the Euroleague, but finished the season with just a 7-17 record.
Then, after helping lead the Serbian national team to a 2nd place finish in the 2014 FIBA tournament, Bogdanovic signed with Fenerbahçe Ülker.
This season, his game has continued to improve. Fenerbahçe Ülker currently sits at 18-5, giving them the 3rd best record in the Euroleague behind only CSKA Moskow and FC Barcelona. Meanwhile, Bogdanovic is averaging 10.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 27 minutes per game. He currently sports a 42/36/75 shooting line.
Understand that while Bogdanovic's individual stats have decreased, he has been asked to accept a smaller role on a team surrounded by great Euroleague players. You may even recognize some of the names of Bogdan's teammates. For example, Andrew Goudelock, Jan Vesely and Semih Erden are all former NBA players. Once upon a time Emir Preldzic was drafted by the Suns in the late second round. Nemanja Bjelica is another former second-round draftee.
But Bogdanovic has excelled in his new role, proving himself to be not only a terrific spot-up shooter but also a capable facilitator. Combine that with his 6'11" wingspan and he has a lot of potential as a SG/SF in the NBA.
While he's likely at least one more summer away from coming to Phoenix, it's never too early to take a peek. Here's a look at some of his highlights from this season.