2. Bojan Bogdanovic
Any hopes the Indiana Pacers had of making a deep playoff run took a major hit when Victor Oladipo was lost with a season-ending injury. Despite his absence though, the Pacers finished with the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Considering they were in the third spot when Oladipo went down, this was an accomplishment.
One of the reasons why the Pacers stayed afloat was the play of their small forward Bojan Bogdanovic. Following Oladipo’s departure from the lineup, Bogdanovic became the Pacers’ top scoring option and he excelled in that role, to say the least.
He was second on the team in scoring, pumping in 18 points per outing – a career best for sixth-year forward. It is also worth mentioning that he led the Pacers in scoring during their brief postseason run.
Bogdanovic shot the ball at a respectable rate, converting 49.7 percent of his overall attempts and he shot 42.5 percent from 3-point range. And yes, both marks were also career highs.
While Bogdanovic isn’t known for being a lockdown defender, he can hold his own at that end of the floor. On the heels of a career season, however, the Pacers may want to retain him, or if he does choose to walk, he may be out of the Lakers’ price range.