CHARLOTTE — The Jazz beat the Charlotte Hornets Saturday for their fifth straight win, powered in large part by the efforts of forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who scored a team-high 26 points.

Since arriving in the Beehive State this season, Bogdanovic has provided the Utah Jazz the potent, versatile scoring threat they were hoping for when they signed him to a four-year, $73.1 million contract over the summer. So far this season, he has averaged a career-best 21 points per game, along with 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists — both also career highs.

The Croatian sharpshooter is connecting on 45% of his field goal attempts from inside or outside the three-point arc. He ranks No. 9 league-wide for three-point field goal percentage and thus far exceeded the league average for effective field goal percentage, which measures field goal percentage adjusting for made 3-point shots being 1.5 times more valuable than made 2-point baskets.

That effectiveness on offense has also helped Bogey become one of the team’s “go-to” shotmakers in crunch time. He has made numerous clutch baskets thus far for the Jazz, including a memorable game-winner at the buzzer against the Milwaukee Bucks in November. His exploits have captured the hearts of fans and confidence of teammates ever since.

“Players are looking for me, the coaching staff is trying to draw plays for me, especially at the end of games. We have plays between me and Donovan (Mitchell) in the pick-and-roll that we are running almost every game late,” Bogdanovic explained. “I’m in a great position addition personally, and then as a team, I think that we are playing way better, too.”

He attributes his early success to the enormous support he’s received from the team.

“Just confidence that I’m given by my teammates and the coaching staff, it’s a big time for us. They trust me, they’re putting me in situations to take those big shots and I’m not afraid of it at all,” Bogdanovic said.

That support has been rewarded with stellar play that has helped the Jazz win ball games, and hopefully there will be lots more to come in the games ahead.