The New York Knicks are excited to have Bojan Bogdanovic and his teammate Alec Burks in town for the second half of the 2023-24 NBA season. Bogdanovic’s arrival comes at the perfect time as the Knicks battle a plague of injuries that have devastated their starting lineup and second unit.
While Bogdanovic will see a heavy workload before the All-Star break, which begins after the Knicks’ final game on February 14. Once the roster returns to full health, there are questions about how coach Tom Thibodeau will divvy up minutes and who the benefactors of his decision-making will be.
In his first game with the team, Bogdanovic underperformed in contrast to his noteworthy season averages. He scored 11 points on 30 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from three in 33 minutes, failing to help the Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers as they lost 125-111 in the affair. Will this first impression cause him to lose favor with Burks or the host of other guard/forward contributors vying for playing time?
The RotoWire staff (per CBS Sports) put Bogdanovic’s slow start with the Knicks into context by highlighting this encouraging stat:
“The veteran forward has drained multiple 3-pointers in 14 of his 16 games since the start of January, averaging 20.1 points, 3.3 threes, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.8 steals in 32.0 minutes per contest, but Bogdanovic might miss it. type of workload or usage once New York’s roster gets healthier,” RotoWire noted.
The fact that the veteran was able to compose multiple attempts from the center shows that a one-off game wasn’t enough to stop him from reaching the back of the net altogether.