After trading to get a pick at the end of the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors used their lone selection, the 30th overall pick, on European combo-guard Nemanja Nedovic. Nedovic has been playing professionally overseas since 2008 and has gained quite a reputation, even having some people referring to him as the “European Derrick Rose.”
The 22-year-old Nedovic has given us a glimpse of why many people overseas and in the NBA are high on his potential while playing with Serbia. Through two games, both of them victories, Nedovic has provided his fair share of highlights and has been productive in several areas.
In Serbia’s first game against Lithuania, Nedovic put up 14 points, five boards, three assists and one steal while going a solid 5-8 from the floor and committing no turnovers, all in 34 minutes of floor time. Morever, he was also able to get to the line five times, though he hit only three of his attempts.
Against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday, Nedovic made his presence felt once again as he notched 11 points, four rebounds, six assists and one steal in just 27 minutes, though he shot just 3-8 from the floor and struggled in his six trips to the charity stripe, hitting only three of his attempts.
The first thing that you have to like about Nedovic is the opportunities he can create for himself and his teammates off of the dribble. He is undoubtedly an elite ball-handler with solid athleticism, which makes him dangerous in terms of getting to the rim or drawing in the defense so he can distribute. Moreover, he’s a solid rebounder for someone at his position.
What you don’t like about Nedovic, at least at Eurobasket thus far, is that his shooting stroke isn’t great. He’s taken 10 three-point attempts so far in the tournament and has knocked down only three of them. His struggles at the foul line are another indication of his shooting woes.
Nedovic will be playing behind a talented frontcourt in Golden State this season, but could find some minutes off of the bench at either guard position. He will need to develop his shot further and become more effective in that regard, but his potential as a creator and playmaker in the backcourt is undoubtedly noticeable.