Nemanja Nedovic Traded to Golden State Warriors: Scouting Report and Analysis

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Nemanja Nedovic Traded to Golden State Warriors: Scouting Report and Analysis
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With the 30th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Nemanja Nedovic from Serbia and subsequently traded him to the Golden State Warriors for Archie Goodwin. 

Here's everything you need to know about Nedovic:

One of the more interesting international prospects in this year's field, Nemanja Nedovic possesses a number of qualities coveted by NBA teams.

Now with Lietuvos Rytas, Nedovic has been seeing top-notch competition in Euroleague and Lithuania. He was one of the top players to watch at this year's Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, and as a 1991-born prospect, Nedovic is now automatically eligible for the 2013 NBA draft.

He's been playing a major role for Lietuvos Rytas, averaging nearly 22 minutes, 10.5 points and 2.9 assists per game.

 

Physical Tools

Nedovic tested as the top athlete at Eurocamp, though this shouldn't have been a surprise if you've ever seen him in the open floor. Some even refer to him as the European Derrick Rose.

He's one of those rare ball-handlers who plays above the rim.

At 6'4'', Nedovic has excellent size for a point guard, though naturally, he's more of a combo guard. Regardless, he's someone who excels with the ball in his hands, and whether you refer to him as a 1, 2 or a combo, he's simply a playmaker at the end of the day.

 

Attacking

Nedovic has a quick first step he uses to get into the lane and explode toward the rim. Anytime there's a driving lane available, Nedovic goes right on the attack. He's quick to hit the gap and penetrate the defense.

Nedovic is also a flexible finisher at the rim, with the ability to take contact, adjust his body and maintain the body control necessary to get off a clean look.


Nedovic should be a tough assignment to contain off ball screens, given his stop-to-start quickness via the hesitation dribble. He has the ability to accelerate through the hole and finish at tough angles.

 

Playmaking

Nedovic can create off the dribble, which allows him to set up teammates for easy buckets. He's a guy who can make things happen by getting into the paint and breaking down the defense.

 

Whether it's for himself or a teammate, Nedovic can make plays with the ball in his hands, which is what drives his appeal as an NBA prospect.


Shooting

In 2012-13, Nedovic made 60 of 153 three-point attempts, good for 39 percent. He's a confident shooter and has improved over the last few years with regard to his range and accuracy. 

With the ball in his hands, Nedovic can pull up from all over the floor.


He's also an effective catch-and-shooter. Nedovic's improved stroke really increased the threat he poses as a scorer on and off the ball.

 

Defense

Nedovic can be a pest defensively. He's relentless—like a mosquito you just can't shake.

He shows great energy and intensity, doing everything he can to make his assignment uncomfortable. Nedovic can be a harassing on-ball defender and off-ball defensive playmaker.  


Nedovic might have trouble defending a lot of stronger NBA 2-guards, but he should hold his own against point guards and combos his size.

 

Questions

The biggest question surrounding Nedovic is his natural position. Nobody wants to draft a prospect without knowing where he'll play.

His assist-to-turnover ratio has never been very favorable. He's unlikely to make it in the NBA as a scorer, and must show he's capable of running a half-court set as a facilitator.

If Nedovic can shake the tweener label and show his shooting accuracy in 2012-13 wasn't a fluke, there's no reason he can't crack an NBA rotation.

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