How Bojan Bogdanovic’s season-ending injury impacts Dallas Mavericks

Tyler Watts
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Blow to Jazz title hopes

The Utah Jazz were fourth in the Western Conference when play was suspended. Bojan Bogdanovic was a massive part of that. The 31-year-old forward was in the midst of a career year. He averaged 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.0 3-pointers made in 33.1 minutes per game.

The Jazz needed to add shooting after losing out in the first round of the playoffs last season, so they traded for Mike Conley and signed Bogdanovic to a four-year $73.1 million deal. Bogey has shot over 40 percent from 3-point range for three straight seasons. He was the Jazz’s second-leading scorer and an important secondary creator too.

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Utah will have a difficult time filling in for Bogdanovic. Conley and Jordan Clarkson will be tasked with picking up the scoring load. The problem lies in replacing him in the lineup. Utah is light on capable forwards. Georges Niang will have to play more minutes. That is not an ideal scenario for a team with title aspirations.

For more on the blow to Utah’s championship hopes, check out this article written by Zachary Padmore.

The Jazz’s hopes taking a hit gives a boost to the Mavericks chances if the 2019-2020 season resumes.

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