The 30th and final pick of the first round, Nemanja Nedovic has finally resumed full basketball activities, according to BlicSports. The Serbian combo guard was unable to play on the Golden State Warriors’ summer league team because of a sprained right ankle. Nedovic is currently fulfilling obligations with the Serbian national team in Eurobasket 2013.
Nedovic has been hyped as the “European Derrick Rose” but Coach Mark Jackson has drawn parallels to pass-first Dallas Maverick Jose Calderon. Neither comparison is wholly accurate, but it gives a basic idea of the player Nedovic will be; a highly athletic distributor who can finish above the rim.
Nedovic will add depth to an already strong guard rotation of Stephen Curry and Toney Douglas at the point guard and Klay Thompson and Kent Bazemore at shooting guard. His 6’3” height makes him the perfect ‘tweener’ meaning that even if he won’t particularly excel at either position, his versatility will give Coach Jackson flexibility in creating lineups.
At just 22 years old, Nedovic already boasts professional European experience and he is a player who will look to posterize someone in his very first game. His comments to the press indicate that he is strong willed and will not be intimidated by NBA caliber opponents. While not exactly polished, his extreme athleticism means that even if the Warriors’ can harness only a small percentage of his raw talent, they will have gotten a steal at the 30th pick.
If you want to get a sneak peak at Nedovic before October 1st, when training camps open for practice, you can watch his DraftExpress video evaluation or check out an unofficial mixtape of some highlights.