The Golden State Warriors found a way to get into the 2013 NBA Draft, but they wanted to have a little fun while doing it.
The Warriors acquired the 26th overall pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves for cash and a future second round pick, flipped that pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 29, then traded down again to No. 30 with the Phoenix Suns.
With the 30th overall pick, the Warriors selected 22-year-old Nemanja Nedovic, an international player who last played in Lithuania.
Nedovic, who is from Serbia, is one of the top international prospects, and was projected to be chosen in the mid-to-late second round. He averaged 9.8 points and 2.1 assists in 10 games with Lietuvos Rytas in the Lithuanian Basketball League. He was a member of the under-20 Serbian national team from 2009-2011.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Warriors do not plan on keeping Nedovic overseas for next season. Instead, they want to evaluate him in Summer League before making a decision.
Here is a quick scouting report, courtesy of ESPN’s Chad Ford, made before the draft:
He’s an NBA athlete all the way. He measured with a crazy 41 inch vertical at the Adidas Eurocamp last year. But he’s a bit of a tweener, lacks a great jump shot and is still playing a limited role on his team. A potential second round pick.
Unless the Warriors trade into the second round, Nedovic will be their only pick of the 2013 NBA Draft.