The Phoenix Suns selected Nemanja Nedović with the 30th pick in the 2013 draft. He was then traded to the Golden State Warriors, where he hasn’t seen much playing time yet. The young Serbian guard will need to prove himself in practice and during garbage time, as the Warriors have a set rotation at guard.
A highlight reel on Youtube calls Nedović the Serbian Derrick Rose, and it’s clear to see how the nickname, however hyperbolic, came about. Nedović is an athletic 6-foot-4 combo guard who can pass, handle the ball, explode off the dribble, and finish at the rim. Well, he could do that stuff in Euroleague, anyway.
Nedović has played 26 minutes over the Warriors’ first five games, contributing two points, one assist, and two rebounds so far. Clearly, he will need to adjust to the NBA game and climb up the depth chart before making an impact.
Many Serbian players have made it to the NBA, and quite a few have gone on the have long careers. Nedović appears to have come over at the right time. As a 22 year old, his skills are quite polished from international play, but he still has time to transition to the NBA game relatively slowly behind two of the league’s best young guards. Those guards, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, are both shooters. If Nedović can develop into a penetrating point guard at the NBA level, the Warriors would have a truly multifaceted back court rotation.
Late first-round draft picks on contending teams rarely contribute much their rookie season, and it’s likely we won’t see much of Nedović this year. Still, it’s important to consider that the Warriors lost some depth at point guard this season with the departure of Jarrett Jack. The Warriors back up guards are Toney Douglas and Kent Bazemore, so it’s possible, though unlikely, that Nedović outplays one of them and earns some minutes.