The Phoenix Suns selected Bogdan Bogdanovic with the 27th overall pick Thursday night in the 2014 NBA draft, unsurprisingly grabbing a potential overseas stash with their third first-round pick.
The team's Twitter feed welcomed the 6'6" Serbian shooting guard to Phoenix:
Bogdanovic is an intriguing talent. Standing at 6'6" with a 6'11" wingspan, per DraftExpress.com, he combines excellent size with a dynamic offensive versatility.
He has always been a terrific shooter, but when point guard Leo Westermann went down with an injury this past season, he showcased an ability to run the show, create off the dribble and distribute for others.
Put it all together, and you have a big, long combo guard who can fill it up in a variety of ways on offense. As DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony added, he took his game to a new level down the stretch:
Bogdan Bogdanovic absolutely destroyed the Serbian league finals. Had some monster games. Could be a nice draft and stash pick for Phoenix.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 27, 2014
The 21-year-old Bogdanovic is likely to spend another season or two overseas, but that's perfect for the Suns. They already selected T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis, and whoever they selected at No. 27 wasn't likely to make the roster, anyways.
ESPN's Michael Wilbon applauded the Suns' first round, which had a clear purpose:
Love what the Suns have done...adding more ballhandling and shooting at a time when the NBA, thanks to Spurs, will be moving that direction.— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) June 27, 2014
Phoenix is absolutely stacked in the backcourt. They entered the draft with Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Archie Goodwin, and they proceeded to add Warren and Ennis, mature players who are capable of playing right away.
Bogdanovic is a future asset who will fit in nicely with the team's plans.