Bojan Bogdanovic (31st overall in 2011) and Ilkan Karaman (57th overall in 2012) are a pair of European prospects recently selected by the Brooklyn Nets, and both got to test their skills against some NBA competition.
There are high hopes for each of these youngsters, and if they're anywhere near as good as Mirza Teletovic seems to be, they could contribute meaningfully to the Nets sooner rather than later.
The Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks are currently on a four-game European tour, where the two teams will play preseason games in Turkey, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
Today, the Celtics took on Fenerbahce, one of Europe's top teams. Bogdanovic and Karaman, who both play for the team, both left an impression...
"Bogdanovic, the first pick of the second round in 2011, is the more highly regarded of the two, but it was Karaman – who was the third of the Nets’ three second-round picks (and 57th overall) in the 2012 NBA Draft – who got the start, and who actually jumped center to start the game against future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett... Karaman, however, showed some things during the game. The 22-year-old has a very high motor, and was very effective in Fenerbahce’s offensive system, thanks to its incredibly high number of pick-and-rolls...
He also was effective crashing the glass, grabbing a couple of offensive rebounds, and took the ball hard to the rim, including one play where he tried, unsuccessfully, to dunk on Paul Pierce. He’s also got decent enough handle for a big man and seemed like he had good hands. He caught a couple of awkward passes without trouble, and also made some decent passes."
If you're a fan of the Brooklyn Nets, this certainly sounds like good news. Although the dunk attempt on Paul Pierce was botched, Teletovic might have the opportunity to make good on it.