Detroit Pistons: Bojan Bogdanovic has chance to be alone in elite club

Detroit Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports /

When the Detroit Pistons traded for Bojan Bogdanovic, they knew they were getting one of the most consistent shooters in the NBA.

Bogdanovic hasn’t disappointed, as he has been one of the top volume 3-point shooters in the league, and is currently one of a handful of players shooting more than 45 percent on at least seven attempts per game.

The trade was a big win for the Pistons, who needed Bodganovic’s shooting and leadership, but could still use the sharpshooter as one of the top trade targets at some point this season or in the future.

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Bojan Bogdanovic has exceeded expectations as a shooter and has a chance to put himself in elite company.

Detroit Pistons: Bojan Bogdanovic in the 50/40/90 club

The 50/40/90 Club is for players who shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 90 percent from the free-throw line.

As far as clubs go, it’s the elite of the elite, as only nine players in NBA history have ever done it, though Steve Nash (4) and Larry Bird (2) both did it more than once.

Only six times has it been done with the player averaging at least 20 points per game, and up until yesterday, Bogdanovic was the only player in the NBA in the 50/40/90 club who was also scoring at least 20 per game.

His 3-of-11 shooting night against OKC dropped him to 19.5 points per game and 48 percent overall from the field, but Bogdanovic is still shooting 46.8 from 3-point range and over 95 percent from the free-throw line.

One good game will put him right back on pace to join some of the greatest shooters of all time , as only Larry Bird (2), Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving have ever achieved those shooting numbers while also averaging at least 20 points per game.

Bojan has been lights out for the Detroit Pistons and has a chance to make history, which is even more impressive when you consider that he is one of the only good 3-point shooters on a rebuilding team.

You can see why the Pistons were eager to extend him, as Bogdanovic’s shooting pairs perfectly with the playmaking of his two guards.

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