1. Bogdan Bogdanovic, Serbia
Bogdanovic could have come to Toronto by now if the Raptors were more motivated to get a deal done with the Atlanta Hawks centered around Pascal Siakam. While trading Siakam could have hurt this team, getting Bogdanovic would have easily softened the blow.
Not only has Bogdanovic spent the last few years showing the rest of the league what a solid shooter and overall scorer he is, but he’s done the same for his national team. With Nikola Jokic sitting this out, Bogdanovic and Heat forward Nikola Jovic have emerged as leaders for the squad.
Will the Toronto Raptors land Bogdan Bogdanovic?
Bogdanovic has averaged 18.0 points per game, making up for a generally iffy field goal percentage by taking and making so many big shots. It’s not hard to see how Bogdanovic taking on a premier bench role after a trade could help improve the overall offensive output.
Bogdanovic might be on the tail end of his prime, but his play with Serbia is showing that he can still catch fire well enough to take over on the offensive end when asked to. The Raptors need more players like this, even if they have to burn one of their top players in order to get a handful of them.