One of the more interesting international prospects in this year’s field, Nemanja Nedovic possesses a number of qualities coveted by NBA teams.
Now with Lietuvos Rytas, Nedovic has been seeing top-notch competition inEuroleague and Lithuania. He was one of the top players to watch at this year’s AdidasEurocamp in Treviso, and as a 1991-born prospect, Nedovic is now automatically eligible for the 2013 NBA draft.
He’s been playing a major role for Lietuvos Rytas, averaging nearly 22 minutes, 10.5 points and 2.9 assists per game.
Although the vast majority of us at GSoM either liked the Golden State Warriors’ move(s) to get Nemanja Nedovic or are willing to wait patiently to see how things unfold, not every analyst has been so kind when handing out draft grades.
Pairing Howard, who’s a dominant force in the paint when healthy, with the vast array of knockdown shooters on the Warriors roster would be a potentially elite combination. The added second-chance opportunities alone would be huge.
The Warriors really lacked good defense on the fastbreak, but Nedovic has great speed so he can get back as quickly as they need him to. He could also grab a rebound with his reach at 8’3″ (standing), and sprint right to the basket for the coast-to-coast layup.He’s great in that aspect.
As for set offense, he’s yet another player that can stretch the floor with a 38% 3-point percentage. He’s no Stephen Curry, but maybe his shot will be good.
As for his weaknesses, his only blatant one is the ability to share the basketball. He’s not a very good distributor.
When the NBA draft started Thursday night, the Warriors were nowhere and they were nobodies. They were spectators at the big party. Then everything changed.
They bought the 26th pick in the first round, and they traded it down to the 29th pick, and they traded again to the 30th and last pick in the first round. That means they made three trades in five picks. That’s magic. With that final pick they took Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic. More on him in a moment. First, the meaning of the Warriors’ draft.