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The Rundown – Dec. 2, 2019: Bogdanovic-Brogdon Breakdown, Harden Hits for 60, Lakers Fall

Who's the better addition - Malcolm Brogdon or Bojan Bogdanovic? Luka bounces the Lakers and James Harden drops 60 on the Hawks.

The Indiana Pacers replaced Bogdanovic with Brogdon – did they upgrade?

While both Malcolm Brogdon and Bojan Bogdanovic have stepped up their games in 2019-20 with new teams, and both could be mentioned as part of the candidate pool for NBA’s Most Improved, let’s take a minute to look at what Indiana gave up and what Indiana gained in their summer moves:

BOJAN BOGDANOVICMALCOLM BROGDON
Games played: 18Games played: 15
22.1 points18.8 points
4.4 rebounds4.9 rebounds
2.2 assists8.1 assists
Shooting percentage: 48.8Shooting percentage: 46.9
Three point percentage: 46.8Three point percentage: 31.7
FT percentage: 87.8FT percentage: 96.3
High Game: 33 (twice – MEM, MIL)High Game: 31 (CHA)

Brogdon’s minutes are up this season, despite an injury that sat him out for three games. He’s averaging 6.1 points per game above his career average (all three prior seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks), averaging 1.3 more rebounds and clearing four more assists per game than his three seasons with the Bucks, his first in which he netted the Rookie of the Year award. 

Brogdon was brought on board for his experience, with the hopes of replacing the experience and production of Victor Oladipo in the short term. Oladipo, in 2018-19, before going down with his injury, averaged 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists through 36 games.

Brogdon is leading the Pacers at 19.4 ppg currently, and assists at 7.9 a game, despite missing the aforementioned three games. If he continues to improve season after season, I could see him being worth the $20M per he’s getting this year, if not more, though the Pacers have first dibs.

Bogdanovic took awhile to catch on, traveling through Brooklyn (nee New Jersey), Washington, and Indiana before moving on to Utah as a free agent last summer. Through 18 games as a member of the Utah Jazz, Boji has also upped his career numbers by 8.4 points per game, one rebound, and 0.8 assists. The Pacers took a hit in losing Bogdanovic, along with Wesley Matthews, who is admittedly underperforming in Milwaukee.

Who got the best in this mix? 

I’m going with Utah snagging Bogdanovic, though I’m still rooting for Brogdon when it comes to ‘Most Improved.’

It’s looking like Luka Doncic may have that one wrapped up already. I’ve got Brogdon third behind Doncic and Anthony Davis, in that order.

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SATURDAY’S GAMES

Denver Nuggets (13-4)97
Sacramento Kings (8-10)100 (OT)

Denver

  • Gary Harris: 25 points – three rebounds – one assist – three steals – two blocks
  • Jamal Murray: 15 points – four rebounds – six assists – two steals
  • Will Barton: 14 points – 12 rebounds – five assists – two steals

Sacramento

  • Harrison Barnes: 30 points – five rebounds – one assist – two steals
  • Buddy Hield: 21 points – three rebounds – seven assists – two steals – one block
  • Richaun Holmes: 13 points – 10 rebounds – two assists – one steal – one block

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Indiana Pacers (12-7)116
Philadelphia 76ers (14-6)119

Indiana

  • T.J. Warren: 29 points – four rebounds – one assist – one steal
  • Malcolm Brogdon: 28 points – four rebounds – six assists – one steal
  • Jeremy Lamb: 15 points – four rebounds – five assists – one steal – one block

Philadelphia

  • Joel Embiid: 32 points – 11 rebounds – four assists – two steals – one block
  • #VFL Tobias Harris: 22 points – four rebounds – two assists – one block
  • Ben Simmons: 15 points – six rebounds – 13 assists – four steals – one block

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Atlanta Hawks (4-16)111
Houston Rockets (13-6)158

Atlanta

  • Trae Young: 37 points – three rebounds – seven assists
  • De’Andre Hunter: 14 points – five rebounds – one assist – one steal
  • Alex Len: 12 points – one rebound – 0 assists

Houston

  • James Harden: 60 points – eight rebounds – eight assists – three steals – one block
  • Ben McLemore: 24 points – 13 rebounds – one assist – one steal
  • Chris Clemons: 16 points – 0 rebounds – 0 assists 

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Charlotte Hornets (8-13)96
Milwaukee Bucks (17-3)137

Charlotte

  • Devonte’ Graham: 24 points – four rebounds – five assists
  • Terry Rozier: 19 points – six rebounds – two assists – two steals
  • Miles Bridges: 15 points – eight rebounds – two assists

Milwaukee

  • Giannis Antetokuonmpo: 26 points – nine rebounds – four assists – one steal
  • Khris Middleton: 15 points – four rebounds – three assists – one steal
  • Wesley Matthews: 14 points – three rebounds – 0 assists

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SUNDAY’S GAMES

Miami Heat (14-5)109
Brooklyn Nets (10-10)106

Miami

  • Goran Dragic: 24 points – two rebounds – six assists
  • Jimmy Butler: 20 points – seven rebounds – two assists – one steal – one block
  • Bam Adebayo: 17 points – six rebounds – one assist – one steal – one block

Brooklyn

  • Spencer Dinwiddie: 29 points – six rebounds – four assists – one steal – one block
  • Joe Harris: 25 points – four rebounds – one assist
  • DeAndre Jordan: 15 points – eight rebounds – two assists – one steal
Memphis Grizzlies (6-13)115
Minnesota Timberwolves (10-9)107

Memphis

  • Dillon Brooks: 26 points – two rebounds – three assists
  • Grayson Allen: 13 points – five rebounds – 0 assists – one steal
  • Bruno Cabloco: 12 points – 13 rebounds – one assist – three steals

Minnesota

  • Karl-Anthony Towns: 21 points – 12 rebounds – five assists
  • Andrew Wiggins: 18 points – six rebounds – seven assists – one steal – two blocks
  • Jarrett Culver: 14 points – seven rebounds – one assist – one steal
Boston Celtics (14-5)113
New York Knicks (4-16)104

Boston

  • Jayson Tatum: 30 points – six rebounds – seven assists – two steals – two blocks
  • Jaylen Brown: 28 points – five rebounds – one assist – one steal – one block
  • Kemba Walker: 16 points – five rebounds – 10 assists – one steal

New York

  • Julius Randle: 26 points – five rebounds – two assists
  • Dennis Smith, Jr.: 17 points – one rebound – seven assists – two blocks
  • R.J. Barrett: 16 points – seven rebounds – 0 assists – one steal – one block
Dallas Mavericks (13-6)114
Los Angeles Lakers (17-3)100

Dallas

  • Luka Doncic: 27 points – nine rebounds – 10 assists – three steals
  • Delon Wright: 17 points – five rebounds – nine assists – four steals
  • Dwight Powell: 15 points – nine rebounds – 0 assists – one steal

Los Angeles

  • Anthony Davis: 27 points – 10 rebounds – two assists – one steal – two blocks
  • LeBron James: 25 points – nine rebounds – eight assists – four steals
  • Alex Caruso: 10 points – four rebounds – one assist
Oklahoma City Thunder (8-11)107
New Orleans Pelicans (6-14)104

Oklahoma City

  • Danilo Gallinari: 23 points – 11 rebounds – three assists
  • Steven Adams: 17 points – 10 rebounds – two assists – one steal – two blocks
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 17 points – nine rebounds – two assists – one steal

New Orleans

  • Jrue Holiday: 26 points – three rebounds – four assists
  • Brandon Ingram: 20 points – seven rebounds – four assists – two blocks
  • Lonzo Ball: 14 points – four rebounds – seven assists – one block
San Antonio Spurs (7-14)98
Detroit Pistons (7-13)132

San Antonio

  • DeMar DeRozan: 20 points – four rebounds – two assists – one steal
  • Lonnie Walker IV: 13 points – two rebounds – two assists – one steal
  • Rudy Gay: 12 points – three rebounds – 0 assists – one steal – two blocks

Detroit

  • Christian Wood: 28 points – 10 rebounds – two assists – one steal – one block
  • Luke Kennard: 20 points – four rebounds – three assists
  • Bruce Brown, Jr.: 13 points – seven rebounds – three assists
Golden State Warriors (4-17)96
Orlando Magic (8-11)100

Golden State

  • Glenn Robinson III: 19 points – three rebounds – one assist – one block
  • Eric Paschall: 17 points – six rebounds – two assists
  • Alec Burks: 15 points – five rebounds – three assists – three steals

Orlando

  • Evan Fournier: 32 points – three rebounds – 0 assists – one steal
  • Terrence Ross: 19 points – four rebounds – one assist – one steal – one block
  • Jonathan Isaac: 14 points – 11 rebounds – 0 assists – one steal – five blocks
Utah Jazz (12-8)110
Toronto Raptors (15-4)130

Utah

  • Mike Conley: 20 points – three rebounds – two assists – one block
  • Jeff Green: 198 points – three rebounds – 0 assists – two steals
  • Donovan Mitchell: 16 points – one rebound – four assists – one steal

Toronto

  • Pascal Siakam: 35 points – five rebounds – five assists – two steals
  • Fred VanVleet: 25 points – five rebounds – 11 assists – one steal
  • Norman Powell: 15 points – five rebounds – three assists – four steals
Washington Wizards (6-12)125
Los Angeles Clippers (15-6)150

Washington

  • Rui Hachimura: 30 points – nine rebounds – three assists – one steal
  • Bradley Beal: 23 points – five rebounds – 11 assists – two steals
  • Davis Bertans: 20 points – four rebounds – one assist – two steals – one block

Los Angeles

  • Kawhi Leonard: 34 points – six rebounds – three assists – one steal
  • Paul George: 31 points – eight rebounds – one assist – one block
  • Montrezl Harrell: 23 points – 15 rebounds – one assist – one steal – one block

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WESTERN CONFERENCEEASTERN CONFERENCE
Los Angeles Lakers   (17-3) .850Milwaukee Bucks   (17-3) .850
Denver Nuggets   (13-4) .765Toronto Raptors   (15-4) .789
Los Angeles Clippers   (15-6) .714Miami Heat   (14-5) .737
Dallas Mavericks   (13-6) .684Boston Celtics   (14-5) .737
Houston Rockets   (13-6) .684Philadelphia 76ers   (14-6) .700
Utah Jazz   (12-8) .600Indiana Pacers   (12-7) .632
Minnesota Timberwolves   (10-9) .526Brooklyn Nets   (10-10) .500
Phoenix Suns   (8-10) .444Orlando Magic   (8-11) .421

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The Rundown w/T-Money is a daily column “all things NBA” that will run through the entirety of the season, and the playoffs through the NBA Finals
Tracy Graven is a Senior Analyst for BackSportsPage.com.
He has written the NBA for the last two decades and is also tackling the NFL, NCAA, and pinch-hitting on some Major League Baseball coverage for BackSportsPage.
He’s spent 20 years in locker rooms in Orlando, Boise (G League), San Antonio, Phoenix, and Oklahoma City.
He currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife and five children.
Reach him on Twitter at @RealTMoneyMedia 

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