The 22 year old Serbian product known by some as the European Derrick Rose because of his explosiveness, versatility and similar size, Nemanja Nedovic is ready to make an impact for the Golden State Warriors this season.
But before Warriors training this fall, Nedovic decided to represent his native country of Serbia in the EuroBasket 2013 tournament. In 11 games of action, Nedovic led the Serbian team in minutes played. He also led the team in assists, steals and was their fourth highest scorer.
Nedovic though, struggled shooting against the European competition. He shot a mediocre 43.8 percent from the field, a horrendous 27.5 percent from three, (keep in mind that the three point line in these competitions is actually closer than an NBA three,) and a dreadful 60.9 percent from the free throw line, a percentage usually reserved for centers.
Nedovic’s best game came in a win against the eventual champion France squad. He scored 17 points on 5 of 8 shooting from three point range in 28 minutes of action. Nedovic’s 62.5% from three is far above his tournament average but shows you that he is capable of getting hot and knocking three pointers.
The video starts with Nedovic dishing out a nifty pocket pass to former NBA center Nenad Kristic. A simple pick-and-roll with a pocket pass from Nedovic to a big man such as David Lee is a play that we will likely see when the two are on the floor together. Nedovic knocks down multiple contested three pointers, but does get beat bad running off screens before he barely recovers.
In Serbia’s opening game against the eventual semifinalists Lithuania team, Nedovic played a game high 34 minutes and was quite successful in his tournament debut. Nedovic finished with 14 points on 62 percent shooting from the field. Nedovic tallied five rebounds and five assists as well.
Watch as Nedovic’s speed is showcased when he pushes the ball up the floor and leaks out for transition opportunities. Imagine, Nedvoic pushing the ball up the floor to set up Klay Thompson for a transition three or taking it all the way to the basket for an easy two. Nedovic’s flaws though were apparent, his five turnovers are too many for an NBA guard as well his horrendous free throw shooting percentage of 60 percent.
For Nedovic to be successful this season on the Warriors he must develop a three point shot and work on his free throw shooting. Nedovic must also utilize his speed when he is on the floor by pushing the ball and setting up his teammates for easy baskets. Nedovic will also be successful is he develops some chemistry with David Lee in the pick and roll game which could bring another dynamic to the Warriors offense.