Imagine your country being at war with itself where even the basic necessities had to be fought over. Now imagine having a dream of becoming a professional basketball player in such perilous times. One such visionary not only dreamed but achieved it, and his name is Bojan Bogdanovic.
The tall, quick, versatile and handsome Utah Jazz small forward is one of the best Croatian players to play in the history of the NBA. In fact, he might even be the best, as suggested by his recent contract with the Jazz, which made him the highest-paid Croatian athlete of all time.
As of now, Bojan is probably the most famous athlete to come out of Croatia, except for its football players. However, the 30-year-old did not achieve all of his success in one day.
So, bear with me as I will guide you through the career and life of a young kid who grew up in a war-torn country of Bosnia, dreamed of being a professional, and managed to achieve it. But first, let’s get started with some quick facts that will help my dear readers get warmed up.
|Full Name||Bojan Bogdanovic|
|Birth Date||18 April 1989|
|Birth Place||Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia|
|Nick Name||Not available|
|Father’s Name||Mario Bogdanovic|
|Mother’s Name||Not available|
|Siblings||Ivana Bogdanovic, Martina Bogdanovic|
|Age||32 Years Old|
|Height||6’8″ (2.03 m)|
|Weight||103 kg (226 lbs)|
|Shoe Size||Not available|
|Body Measurement||Not available|
|Position||Small Forward/Shooting Guard|
|Net Worth||$25 million|
|Clubs||Utah Jazz (Current); Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers (Former)|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook|
|Merch||Basketball card, Jersey|
Bojan Bogdanovic: NBA Career
Bojan’s NBA career started with the Miami Heat. The Miami based franchise selected Bogdanovic 31st overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. However, on the same day, he got traded to Minnesota Timberwolves and then again to the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn Nets).
Although Bojan had signed with the Nets, he could not play for them until 2014. The reason being the contract with his former team Fenerbache in the European League, which did not allow him to play for another team.
As a result, the Croatian small forward had to wait three years before making his NBA debut for the Nets. Ultimately, the time came during the 2014-15 season as he played in 78 games for the franchise averaging 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in his debut season.
Some notable highlights of his time with the Nets have to be the time he scored career-high 44 points against the Philadelphia 76ers in a 131-114 win. Another one has to be his outstanding shooting form, which helped the Nets clinch the No.8 seed in the Eastern Conference during the 2014-15 season.
By the time Bojan reached his final season with the Nets, he was averaging career-highs 14.2 points, 1.6 assists, and 3.6 rebounds. Throughout the three-season with the Nets, the 30-year old had made a name for himself as one of the top 3 and D players at that time.
However, Bojan had much higher ambitions than just playing in the league. As a matter of fact, Bogdanovic always wanted to be an NBA Champion since he started playing basketball. As a result, the Croatian decided to move on to greater pastures to realize his dreams.
With mutual consent from both the player and the team, Bojan got traded to the Washington Wizards, who needed an excellent shooter to complement one of the best backcourts at that time, John Wall and Bradley Beal. Also, Wall and Beal were All-Star players who made the decision to go to Washington even better.
Despite the talents that the Wizards had that season, the franchise could only manage to reach the Eastern Conference Semi-final, where they eventually lost to the Boston Celtics. In the run to the semi-finals, Bojan contributed significantly coming in as the primary scorer off the bench when Wall and Beal sat out.
As a result, the 30-year-old managed 12.7 points and 3.1 rebounds during his half-season with the Wizards. Even though the Wizards wanted Bojan to stay with the Franchise, he decided not to sign a new deal citing a lack of playing time as the primary reason.
Consequently, the Croatian entered the free agency market where the Indiana Pacers offered the small forward $21 million over two years for his services. Subsequently, Bojan signed with the Indiana-based franchise to have the best moments of his career to date.
In his first season with the franchise, the Pacers reached the playoffs by securing the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. But that was the only positive for the Indiana-based franchise as they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by a LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.
Contrarily, there were a lot of positives in the defeat for Bojan. For instance, he managed playoff career-high 30 points while shooting 7 of 9 3-pointers to help his team win the third game of the series. He averaged 12.4 points, 1.9 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game during the series. In fact, it was Bogdanovic’s best postseason at the time.
The next season, Indiana again managed to reach the playoffs by finishing the regular season in the 5th position. The same place that the franchise finished just a season earlier. Consequently, a lot of fans saw it as a bad omen.
Unfortunately, their worst nightmare came true as the team crashed out in the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. The Celtics were one of the title contenders that season, boasting players like Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, to name a few.
As a consequence, the overpowered Celtics team bulldozed past a helpless Pacers sweeping the series 4-0. Even though Indiana got swept, Bojan’s stock grew even more as he was the best player for the Pacers, managing his best playoff performance. The Croatian averaged an impressive 18.0 points, 2.8 assists, and 5.8 rebounds.
Consequently, teams with cap space with the resources to pay the small forward vied for his signature. But it was Utah Jazz that ultimately won the battle as they signed the 30-year-old to a four year $73 million deal. As a consequence, Bojan became the highest-paid Croatian athlete of all time.
At the time of writing, Bogdanovic has played in all 60 games for the Utah based franchise averaging career highs 20.5 points, 2.1 assists, and 4.2 rebounds. Due to his impressive performances for the Jazz, the small forward was in contention to be named an All-Star, a feat that no Croatian has managed before.
How tall is Bojan Bogdanovic? Age, Height, Weight
As of now, the Croatian stands at 6 feet 8 inches or 2.03 meters if you measure your height on meters. Excuse me for the pun! In order to be a basketball player, one needs to be tall and athletic, which Bojan is.
Also, the Jazz small forward weighs 226 pounds or 103 kg. One might feel that it is a bit too much; however, NBA players need to be healthy and muscular, especially backcourt players. So, in my opinion, he has the perfect weight for his height.
At the time of writing, Bojan is 30 years old, but that did not deter the Utah based franchise from signing the Croatian on a four year $71 million deal. As per the contract, he will remain with the Jazz until the 2022-23 season.
How much does Bojan Bogdanovic make? Salary & Net Worth
The Croatian born player is currently worth $25 million, which he accrued mainly through his playing career. Among others, Bojan has played for Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers, and Utah Jazz. So, his net worth should come as no surprise.
Bojan Bogdanovic contract
According to his most recent deal with the Jazz, Bogdanovic is earning $73 million over four years. Consequently, the tall small forward became the highest-paid Croatian athlete of all time.
As per the contract, Bojan is earning $17 million for the 2019-20 season, making him the third-highest paid player in the Utah Jazz franchise currently. However, his salary will gradually increase in the coming years. In fact, in the final year of his current contract, Bogdanovic will earn $19.5 million.
Previously, the Croatian was earning a reported $21 million over two years with the Indiana Pacers. As a result, he was the fourth highest-paid player on the Pacers roster.
Over the course of his career, Bojan has earned nearly $49 million. But there is a catch; however, as basketball players in the U.S.A have to pay almost 50% of their income on taxes. As a result, the highest-paid Croatian athlete’s net worth is not as much as you expect.
Bojan Bogdanovic: Family & Lifestyle
Bojan Bogdanovic was born to his father, Mario Bogdanovic, who himself was a professional basketball player in Croatia. But the information about his mother remains unknown. Besides, Bogdanovic has two younger sisters, Martina Bogdanovic and Ivana Bogdanovic.
As of now, the 30-year-old is not in any relationship. As a matter of fact, Bojan’s personal life is shrouded in mystery as he does not like to talk about his personal life publicly. But according to reports, Bogdanovic was in a relationship in the past. However, the exact details of the relationship are not made public.
Judging by his social media posts, the Croatian seems to be an avid lover of adventure sports like shooting, hiking, etc. In addition, the 30-year-old is also a massive fan of football and follows the leagues in England, Spain, and his homeland, Croatia. At the 2018 World Cup, Bogdanovic was present to support his beloved Croatia, who reached the World Cup final.
Furthermore, the Jazz small forward also likes to spend his free time with his friends and family. To emphasize, Bogdanovic often goes on vacations with his sisters and posts their adventures and stories on his various social media accounts.
Social Media Presence
Instagram: 115,000 followers
Twitter: 18,000 followers
Facebook: 70,000 followers