Nemanja Nedovic, the 22-year-old point guard from Belgrade, known in America as the Warriors' recent first-round pick, known in Serbia as the “European Derrick Rose,” plans to play in the Las Vegas Summer League which takes place from July 12 to 22.
“The Warriors want to see what my qualities are, how I can help the team,” said Nedovic on a conference call with Bay Area reporters Monday morning.
“It's their decision if I'm going to be on the roster or not. From my point of view, I'm ready to come over and play for the Warriors next season. Hopefully, my dream will come true.”
He sounds ready, at least. He speaks fluent English — no need for a translator — so he'll have no communication hindrances.
He also spent his childhood moving around Europe, so he should be ready to move halfway around the world to the Bay Area.
He was born in Serbia, and then he and his family moved to France because his father was a professional handball player. From France, they moved to Austria for five years, then to Germany for one year, then to Italy for one year and back to Serbia.
Nedovic started playing basketball in Italy in 2001.
He initially modeled his game after his favorite player, Kobe Bryant.
Today, Nedovic is extremely familiar with the NBA, including the Warriors. “I followed them a lot this year,” he said.
“It's a little bit hard in Serbia because we have to wake up at two, three, four o'clock in the morning to watch the games, but whenever I had the chance, I woke up and watched, especially the playoffs this year.
“I know the team has very good 3-point shooters, and I think I can help with my aggressiveness attacking the rim, making the defense collapse and finding the open shooters.”
If Nedovic shows he can do those things in the Summer League, he could take Jarrett Jack's job as the Warriors' backup point guard as early as next season.