The Washington Wizards’ starting line-up haven’t looked themselves since All-Star Weekend, but their bench has looked miles ahead of what it was only two weeks ago. They’re actually successfully running plays without John Wall on the floor, and it’s due in large part to Bojan Bogdanović, who’s currently playing his best stretch of NBA basketball.
In his seven games since joining the Wizards via trade (Wsh received Bogdanović and Chris McCullough in exchange for Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a lottery-protected 2017 first rounder), Bogdanović has averaged 17.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.6 assists, in only 25.1 minutes of court time per game, while also shooting an astonishing .538 from the field an absurd .575 from beyond the arc. (Hot damn… that sentence.)
But that’s just his base numbers.
Bogdanović has boasted an offensive rating of 145, which is so good it’s stupid; put up a win shares per 48 minutes of .273, which is over 2.5x more than league average; and sported a PER of 24.5; which cracks the top-15 in the Association during that stretch. All of which adds up to an analytical gem of an addition for the Wizards. One who’s also managed to improve the play of Washington’s best player, John Wall.
Before Washington traded for Bogdanović, Wall had an assist percentage of 47.0%. That was good for fourth-best in the NBA behind only Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. But in the seven-game span immediately after the acquisition of Bogdanović, that number has risen to 54.6%. That’s better than any other player in that span.
Both of their numbers suggest that their pairing has had a direct, positive affect with each other’s play. I’ve already given you Wall’s improvement, but you could argue that’s just a random occurrence from an incredibly talented player. But then you get to this: Bogdanović’s percentage of 2-point field goals that have been assisted since joining the Wizards has sky-rocketed to an unbelievable .833. That’s just ridiculous considering how in Brooklyn that number was only .488 this season.
The only player on the Wizards’ roster with a higher percentage in that category is Jason Smith.
Bogdanović is another great shooter who’s been added to Wall’s arsenal, joining Otto Porter Jr., Bradley Beal and Markieff Morris, only he’s a different kind of weapon than what Wall has ever had before. Can he shoot, yes. But he also has the ability to run an offense and create with the ball in his hands. Something that takes a bit of pressure off of one of the best point guard in the NBA.
He’s everything the Wizards needed going into the Trade Deadline and his value to the team cannot be understated.
It’s clear that his play has shown that he was well worth the first rounder Washington gave up for him. Now the only hope is for Brandon Jennings to start doing the same thing.