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Nemanja Nedovic

  • Full Name: Nemanja Nedovic
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-3 / 191
  • Birthdate: June 16, 1991
  • Club: Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
Phoenix Suns (Traded to Golden State Warriors on draft night) Round 1: Pick 30
 

- Nemanja Nedovic Selected with 30th Pick

Strengths
- Very good athleticism, possibly the best among the younger Europeans
- Strong first step, explosiveness and leaping ability (41" vertical)
- Good sized PG with strong body
- Solid defender with good lateral quickness and agility
- Quick and aggressive attacking the rim

Weaknesses
- Outside shot is his main weakness
- Skills running an offense need improvement
- Needs to reduce turnovers (negative assist-to-turnover ratio in Euroleague)
- Seems to struggle against stronger competition.

NBA projection
Nedovic will likely be a late second round pick. He would likely need to stay in Europe for some time in order to keep working on his weaknesses. He has the athleticism and strength to defend NBA point guards. He’s good in transition and in one-on-one situations, but needs to work on his shooting and point guard skills. 

2012-2013 Season
Nedovic moved from Red Star to Lietuvos Rytas. He's improved in certain aspects of his game, shooting better from distance but still is turnover prone. He still hasn't proven he can be a pure point guard, but his elite athleticism increases his potential.

Key statistics
11.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.7 tpg, 20.8 mpg, .573 2PT, .390 3PT, .787 FT (Lithuania)
9.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.5 tpg, 22.8 mpg, .381 2PT, .343 3PT, .700 FT (Euroleague)

Cool statistic
In his top game of the year in Lithuania, Nedovic scored 19 points on 4-for-4 on 3-pointers, and added six assists, four rebounds and two steals against only one turnover.

Reminds me of...
Goran Dragic

What Insiders Say
Luka Bassin, International Scout and Coach
"A combo-guard he is probably the most explosive European player at this year's draft. He is kind of a mix between the "Balkan" old school and the modern "power & strength" basketball. Very daring and aggressive, effective in transition and isolation. Could develop himself into a good NBA role player and more if he improves his shooting from distance and pick/roll situations."

Lorenzo Neri, Draftology
"An explosive kid with an solid athletic skill set, an energy guy who can attack the rim on every situation and move the defense with his slashing abilities. This year he's also improved his 3-point shooting (from 26.8 per cent in 82 attempts to 39.2 per cent in 152 attempts). He needs work on decision-making, concentration on defense and how to finish around the basket."

-- Chris Denker and Carl Berman are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection."  You can follow NetScouts Basketball on twitter @netscouts, or follow Chris and Carl.