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Bojan Bogdanovic should have some competition on the wing in former first-round pick Sergey Karasev.
Here's Jonathan Tjarks' analysis of Karasev at SB Nation:
At 6'7 and 200 pounds with a 6'9 wingspan, he is somewhat of a tweener physically. He doesn't have the speed to be a starting shooting guard and he'll need to add some weight to be a starting small forward. However, given his age, he should have no problem adding weight to his frame. Either way, he has the savvy to survive defensively, especially on a second unit early in his career.
Karasev's game is built around his shooting ability. This season, he shot 49 percent from three on 4.6 attempts a game. He can't be given space even 25 feet from the basket. While he doesn't have an elite first step, the threat of his jumper gives him lanes to the basket.
For a wing player, he's also an excellent passer with a good feel for the game. As a result, he's the rare elite shooter who can have offense run through him.
This should be an interesting position battle to watch, as Karasev could spend time backing up both the 2 and the 3 throughout the season.
Karasev shot nearly 40 percent from deep in his time in the D-League last year, so he should certainly help space the floor if nothing else.
Pierce provided the Nets with a lot of their spacing last year, and Karasev's deep range could do the same. Combined with Mirza Teletovic, the Nets could have quite the three-point shooting frontcourt if they played together.
The big question will be how well Karasev holds up defensively, but with Brook Lopez back in the fold, the Nets will need to keep the floor spread for him as much as possible.
Karasev will have to really fight for minutes, and Bogdanovic will likely be given most of the leftover scraps.
Karasev's impact may be more down the line, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he stumbled into playing time and a role like Teletovic did last year. If you can shoot, you can play.