The Croatian sharpshooter continues to shine. And barring an injury, it would be a surprise if he did not start at 2-guard when the team opens up its regular-season slate on Oct. 29 in Boston. On Wednesday, Bogdanovic showcased his passing ability, back-to-the-basket skill and corner 3-point shot against the Sacramento Kings.
“I think Bojan has surprised us with his steady play, his consistent play,” Hollins said.
Playing with the likes of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez should make life easy on Bogdanovic as he makes the transition from Europe to the NBA. He shouldn’t have to do too much. He just has to be himself and play his game. Those guys will be able to find him open shots. He just has to knock them down.
Bogdanovic logged a team-high 30 minutes on Wednesday.
• Speaking of knocking down open shots, Hollins liked what he saw from his first unit -- especially in the first quarter. The Kings were without DeMarcus Cousins, and the Nets took full advantage, executing their flex offense to near perfection. Lopez was able to once again exploit the smaller Kings in the pick-and-roll, getting easy looks at the basket. “It was awesome ball movement,” Hollins said, praising his starters. “It was fun basketball to watch.”
• The second unit remains a work in progress. Jarrett Jack and Mirza Teletovic had been showing good chemistry playing together, but Teletovic, who continues to shoot the ball with a world of confidence, was moved into the starting lineup as a result of Garnett receiving a rest day. The second unit wound up blowing a sizable lead in the second quarter that the starters provided. In the past, Nets coaches have placed Johnson with the second unit. I wonder if Hollins will try something like this. It would allow Johnson to become a primary scoring option, something he isn’t with Lopez on the court.
• The defense continues to struggle defending both the perimeter and penetrating guards. Given the personnel on the roster, this may become one of those bad trends that is difficult to break. Hollins has been known for his defensive coaching prowess. But it appears there are no Tony Allens or Marc Gasols on this Brooklyn roster. Getting the Nets to be an above-average defensive team would be a major accomplishment for Hollins.
• Jerome Jordan continued to impress as he looks to grab a spot on the 15-man roster. The center had a couple of blocks in the second half, and Hollins complimented Jordan in his postgame news conference.