Hawks wing Bogdan Bogdanovic made his 2022/23 season debut Friday against Denver, and received a standing ovation from the home crowd when he entered the game off the bench (Twitter video link via Caleb Johnson of 92.9 The Game). He had been recovering for several months after undergoing offseason knee surgery.
Bogdanovic has been a key member of Atlanta’s rotation over the past two seasons, averaging 15.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals on .448/.398/.862 shooting in 107 total games (54 starts, 29.5 minutes per contest). His long-distance shooting and complementary play-making will definitely be helpful for the 12-10 Hawks, since they currently rank 29th in the league in three-point attempts, 27th in three-point percentage (32.5%), and 21st in assists per game.
The 30-year-old holds an $18MM player option for ’23/24. He’s extension-eligible and could hit free agency next summer if he declines his option.
Unfortunately, star point guard Trae Young was ruled out with right shoulder soreness prior to the game, tweets Lauren L. Williams of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Third-year guard Trent Forrest (concussion evaluation), who’s on a two-way contract with Atlanta, was also ruled out.
With Young and forwards De’Andre Hunter and John Collins sidelined, the Hawks started rookie AJ Griffin, former lottery pick and current two-way player Jarrett Culver, and second-year forward Jalen Johnson. It’s a huge opportunity for all three players to possibly earn bigger roles going forward.
3 thoughts on “Hawks’ Bogdanovic Makes Season Debut Friday; Young Out”
Jalen Johnson looked great in the 1st half & guarded Gordon pretty well all night. Hopefully now that his 1st start is behind him he’ll be able to get more comfortable/consistent out there. The boy DJ carried us late tho & CC continues to guard Jokic better than anyone in the league. Now that Bogdan is off the injured list & AHoliday is out of the doghouse we can get a lil winning streak going
Hawks played good tonight with a depleted roster. MPJ was out for the Nuggets, but it was still a nice win without Collins, Young, Hunter.
When the Wizards become sellers… You see if you can get KP and Will Barton and another player for Bogdan and Collins and some of those 23′ 2nds.