Bogdan Bogdanovic Once Again Delivered a Performance for the Ages,
shattering records and solidifying his status as one of the greatest players in the history of the FIBA World Cup. His impressive stat line of 23 points, shooting 8 for 12 from the field, sinking 3 out of 4 three-pointers, along with 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 assists, reaffirmed his position as the standout player of the game.
The question often arises: Just how exceptional is “FIBA Bogi”? Here are some key aspects that provide a resounding answer:
In the first Semi-Final game on Friday, Serbia displayed their readiness to secure a place in the Final, defeating Canada with a score of 95-86. Bogdan Bogdanovic, as expected, played a pivotal role and in the process, he achieved new FIBA World Cup records. He now holds the record for the most three-pointers (70) made in the competition over the last 30 years.
Bogdanovic wasted no time setting the tone for the game, contributing with two quick assists and a bucket, propelling Serbia to an early 8-1 lead. While Canada made efforts to stage a comeback, the game remained under Serbia’s control throughout the full 40 minutes, thanks to yet another classic Bogdan Bogdanovic performance.
From a historical perspective, Bogdanovic continued his ascent in the ranks alongside other basketball legends. The Serbian wing surpassed Dirk Nowitzki’s record of 425 points, now standing at 427 points scored in FIBA World Cup games. This marked his 11th game with 20 points or more at the World Cup, securing the third-highest total in the 21st century, trailing only behind Luis Scola (16), who was present as a World Cup Global Ambassador, and Dirk Nowitzki (12).
Kirk Penney also deserves acknowledgment, as Bogdanovic is now the sole record holder with 24 consecutive games of making at least one three-pointer in every World Cup game he’s participated in.
And, of course, one cannot overlook his clutch performance. With Canada making one final push for a chance to secure a spot in the Final, Bogdan Bogdanovic stepped up with a smooth layup, a crucial block on Dillon Brooks, and a stepback three-pointer. At that point, the score stood at 91-76.
This remarkable display mirrored his performance in 2014 when he scored 10 points in the fourth quarter of the Semi-Final against France. At the age of 22, he showcased his ability to rise to the occasion when Serbia needed it the most.
In simple terms, Bogdan Bogdanovic has consistently been on a trajectory toward legendary status. The only remaining question is whether he can add a World Cup trophy to his impressive list of achievements.