Feb 3, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets shooting guard Keith Bogans (6) works against Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Wesley Johnson (4) at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Brooklyn Nets Player Profiles: Keith Bogans

2011-2012 stats (with Nets): 5 GMS, 18.8 MPG, 38.1% FG, 25.0% 3PT, 2.2 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.6 TO, 4.2 PPG

Veteran shooting guard Keith Bogans joined the Nets in the middle of last season and played five games, before becoming victim to the Nets’ widespread injury plague and missing the rest of the season. On February 1st against the Pistons, he suffered gruesome injuries: a torn ligament and a fractured left ankle. In his five games, Bogans showed that he can still be a solid veteran role player who can come off the bench, defend well, and spot up for open three point shots.

Offseason report: Signed one year minimum contract, recovering from injuries.

With the Nets committing to so many big contracts this offseason, they have been looking to sign a few players to veteran’s minimum contracts. Keith Bogans was a top candidate to get re-signed to a minimum contract, and the Nets rewarded him with a one year deal. There has been no further news.

Predictions for 2012-2013: Bogans will find minimal playing time off the bench, work hard, but receive little attention.

Bogans will be the Nets’ third string shooting guard behind all-star Joe Johnson, and rising star MarShon Brooks. The Nets also have Jerry Stackhouse as their fourth string shooting guard. The Nets are really deep at the shooting guard position and Bogans will struggle to find playing time, barring injury to Johnson or Brooks. Still, Bogans will be the best defensive shooting guard on the Nets next season and he should find some playing time in late game situations where Brooklyn just needs a stop on defense. He will also be a good guy in the locker room. Still, Mr. Bogans is unlikely to light Brooklyn on fire next season.

Projection for 2012-2013: 3.2 PTS, 1.8 REB, 0.5 AST, 40% FG, 30% 3PT

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