David Stern’s final draft pick announcement was Nemanja Nedovic, the Golden State Warriors‘ selection at 30th overall on Thursday night.
It was certainly very interesting how the Warriors got the No. 30 pick after going into the draft without any selections.
The Warriors acquired the 26th overall pick and Malcolm Lee from the Minnesota Timberwolves for cash and a future second round pick, flipped that pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 29 for cash, then traded down again to No. 30 with the Phoenix Suns, who took Lee off the Warriors’ hands.
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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.
There were certainly other formidable players on the board at No. 30, and it can be argued that Nedovic was a bit of a reach.
However, it appears that the Warriors had a gameplan, and nabbed the guy who they wanted all along.
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