The ‘European Derrick Rose’. That’s what the scouts have been calling Nemanja Nedovic . But Nedovic himself has said that the Rose comparison is unrealistic. Derrick Rose couldn’t have more bounce in his step if he was on the moon, so to compare other players to him is unfair to both parties.
However, Nedovic’s style of play is essentially attack the rim with no regard for his body. He takes bumps, finishes with big men in his face and occasionally throws down a dunk on a seven footer’s head. This is the type of toughness the Golden State Warriors will need in 2013-14 because they will be losing their two best bench players in Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry.
While the Warriors will still have Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson come off the bench, one of the most essential positions on any NBA team is the backup point guard. Especially when the Warriors star point guard, Stephen Curry, has been known to go down for extended stretches. Jack not only took key shots and make huge buckets late in games, but he also was able to play alongside Curry and create for him, allowing him to spot-up and rain down three-pointers.
Nedovic is known as more of a ‘score-first’ type point guard, but it is his ability to get to the rim that will be valuable to the Warriors. Because Curry, Klay Thompson, and Harrison Barnes can stretch the floor so well, and David Lee forces his defender to guard him 17 feet away from the rim, Nedovic should have lanes open up, allowing him to be the effective player general Bob Myers knows he can be.
Another key part of Nedovic’s game is his ability to pick apart defenders in pick and roll situations. The pick-and-roll is the bread and butter of both David Lee and Andrew Bogut’s games. This is what will keep Nedovic on the court. His jump shot still needs work, so defenders may have the tendency to go under the pick, but his pick-and-roll game will be what decides whether he can crack the rotation.
Nedovic will be given every chance to be the backup point guard. He will likely be running the offense on the Summer League team, and from there Myers and Mark Jackson will decide whether he will play significant minutes, or if 2013-14 will be a bench-warming season for him. And of course, he can also go back to Europe for another year.