Bojan Bogdanovic: Indiana Pacers’ bat attacker and the East’s Player of the Week

In what was an eventful week for Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic, he won the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week award and fought a bat.

What are you going to remember more Indiana Pacers fans? Bojan Bogdanovic winning this week’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week award or when he tried to kick a bat?

You already know the answer.

Stat wise, he was 0 of 1 on bat kicking attempts, but in the Pacers last four games, Bogdanovic averaged 22.5 points during the week and added 2.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

Bojan made over half his shots from the floor and 46.4 percent from deep last week, starting off with 14 points against the New Orleans Pelicans before scoring 23 or more in the next three contests, including 29 points against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Since Oladipo went down, Bogdanovic stepped up his game. After averaging 16.8 points on the season, the Croatian is averaging 20.6 points over the last 10 games while still making 50.7 percent from the floor and 43.1 percent from deep. In that time, the Pacers are +5.7 with Bogdanovic on the floor.

And of course, there was the attempted roundhouse kick on the bat.

Bats aside, it was one of the most successful weeks of Bogdanovic’s career and more importantly, four wins for the Pacers.

They’ll need Bojan to keep scoring if they want to keep winning. Even with Wesley Matthews joining the team, there are depth issues on the wings for Indiana. The starters should be fine, but much will be asked of Tyreke Evans, Aaron Holiday, and Edmond Sumner.

Bogdanovic can do a lot for the Pacers by continuing to score 20 or more points a game. It isn’t going to be easy, but Bojan showed in his growth as a player this season that he is fully capable of that.

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With Bojan Bogdanovic’s Player of the Week award, that makes a total of three for the Indiana Pacers this season.