The Golden State Warriors have selected Nemanja Nedovic with the 30th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft (the Phoenix Suns made the pick).
Warriors select Nemanja Nedovic with the 30th pick, source says.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 28, 2013
After buying a first-round pick and trading back several times, the Warriors picked Nedovic, a 22-year-old combo guard from Serbia. Scouting reports note his solid frame and athletic ability. Additionally, he is a solid finisher and capable pick-and-roll partner.
Nedovic’s jump shot is a work in progress, and his speed with the ball in his hands is below-average, according to DraftExpress. In short, he can’t create his own shot.
Tim Kawakami reports that the Warriors had executives in Italy at a EuroCamp a few weeks ago, which clearly might’ve had an impact on their decision to draft Nedovic. Kawakami also notes in his column that the Warriors could let him stay in Europe, preparing him for 2014-15. Keeping him in Europe could also be for financial reasons.
The Warriors saved a bit of money on draft night:
GSW saved $45K in salary next season by selecting Nedovic at No. 30 instead of No. 26 … plus cash they received trading down
— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) June 28, 2013
The fact that the Warriors drafted Nedovic, an underzied combo guard–he’s 6’3″– is interesting, because it was speculated that they would draft for size with Festus Ezeli out until at least December.