Nemanja Nedović

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Nemanja Nedović
Nemanja Nedovic.jpg
Nedović playing for Serbia at EuroBasket 2013
No. 16 – Unicaja
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1991-06-16) 16 June 1991 (age 26)
Nova Varoš, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Listed weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2012 Crvena zvezda
2012–2013 Lietuvos rytas
20132014 Golden State Warriors
2013–2014 Santa Cruz Warriors
2014–2015 Valencia
2015–present Unicaja
Career highlights and awards

Nemanja Nedović (pronounced [němaɲa nêːdoʋitɕ]; Serbian: Немања Недовић; born 16 June 1991) is a Serbian professional basketball player for Unicaja of the Liga ACB. He also represents the senior Serbian national basketball team internationally. Standing at 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in), he can play at both the point guard and shooting guard positions.

Player profile[edit]

Nedović's strong points are his ball handling skills and elite athleticism, as he proved to be one of the very best athletes in European basketball. He is known for an excellent first step and can play easily above the rim.[1] He was labeled during the 2013 NBA draft as "The European Derrick Rose" by some ESPN analysts because of his athleticism, explosiveness, versatility, similar size, and ability to play both guard positions. After he was drafted by the Golden State Warriors, Mark Jackson, the team coach, has said that Nedović "is a very good athlete with highly deceptive speed."[2]

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Nedović began to train in Italy with Ascoli basketball when he was 11 years of age. He lived there because his father was playing professional handball locally with the Ascoli Piceno Handball. After that, he trained for two years in Nova Varoš. In 2005, he moved to Crvena zvezda at the age of 15. He had success in the junior competition, as in 2008, when he became champion with the junior team of Crvena zvezda.

After that, he moved to the first team where he finally made a breakthrough professionally.[3] In his first season with the team, he was scoring in double digits, forcing the team management to extend a contract with him for one more season.[4] He stayed in the club until June 2012.

Lietuvos rytas[edit]

In the summer of 2012, he signed a contract with the Lithuanian team Lietuvos rytas Vilnius.[5] In his first EuroLeague season with Rytas he averaged 9.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Golden State Warriors[edit]

On 27 June 2013, Nedović was selected with the 30th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. He was later traded to the Golden State Warriors on draft night. He is also the last draft pick called by David Stern in his career as a commissioner of the NBA.[6] On 9 July 2013 he signed with the Warriors.[7] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League.[8]

In July 2014, Nedović joined the Warriors for the 2014 NBA Summer League where he averaged 9.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in five games.[9] On 11 November 2014, he was waived by the Warriors.[10]

Valencia[edit]

On 14 November 2014, Nedović signed a two-year deal with the Spanish team Valencia.[11] Over five EuroLeague games he played for Valencia, he averaged 8 points and 3.6 assists per game. In July 2015, he parted ways with the team.[12]

Unicaja[edit]

On July 2, 2015, the same day when he parted ways with Valencia, he signed a one-year contract with Unicaja.[13] On May 30, 2016, he signed a new two-year contract with the team.[14] In April 2017, he won the EuroCup with Unicaja after beating Valencia BC in the Finals.[15]

On June 7, 2017, Nedović re-signed with Unicaja for the 2017–18 season.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Golden State 24 0 5.9 .205 .167 .875 .6 .5 .0 .0 1.1
Career 24 0 5.9 .205 .167 .875 .6 .5 .0 .0 1.1

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Lietuvos Rytas 10 5 23.3 .367 .343 .700 2.5 2.1 .8 .2 9.8 6.8
2014–15 Valencia 5 2 19.3 .405 .400 1.000 1.0 3.6 1.4 .2 8.0 7.0
2015–16 Unicaja 23 8 15.1 .391 .279 .750 .8 1.9 .3 .1 7.4 4.8
Career 15 15 20.4 .385 .309 .750 1.3 2.2 .6 .2 8.1 5.6

Serbian national team[edit]

Nedović was member of U20 Serbia national basketball team in 2009, 2010 and 2011 at FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. In 2012, he played with Serbia men's national basketball team at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 qualification. During Eurobasket 2013, Nedović's game saw many ups and downs as he led a very young and inexperienced, but nonetheless talented Serbia team, showing great performances against Lithuania and particularly France in a 77-65 blowout, in which he outplayed one of his role models, Tony Parker, scoring 17 points on 5/8 shooting for three. Serbia ended up being swept easily by Spain in quarterfinals as Nedović and the entire Serbia team struggled offensively.[17]

He represented Serbia once again at the EuroBasket 2015 under head coach Aleksandar Đorđević, after missing the 2014 World Cup.[18] In the first phase of the tournament, Serbia dominated in the toughest Group B with 5-0 record, and then eliminated Finland and Czech Republic in the round of 16 and quarterfinal game, respectively. However, they were stopped in the semifinal game by Lithuania with 67–64,[19] and eventually lost to the host team France in the bronze-medal game with 81–68.[20] Over 9 tournament games, Nedović averaged 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game on 52% shooting from the field.[21]

Nedović also represented Serbia at the 2016 Summer Olympics where they won the silver medal, after losing to the United States in the final game with 96–66.[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DraftExpressProfile: Nemanja Nedovic, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook
  2. ^ Simmons, Rusty (13 July 2013). "Warriors' top pick Nedovic works with team". sfgate.com. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "POVERENJE U MLADI TIM". kkcrvenazvezda.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Crvena Zvezda keeps Nemanja Nedovic and Uros Nikolic". Sportando. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lietuvos Rytas inks Nedovic". Euroleague. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Thompson II, Marcus (27 June 2013). "Golden State Warriors get guard Nemanja Nedovic with 30th pick in draft". mercurynews.com. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Golden State Warriors Sign Nemanja Nedovic to Contract
  8. ^ 2013-14 NBA Assignments
  9. ^ "2014 Summer League Player Profile: Nemanja Nedovic". NBA.com. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Warriors Waive Nemanja Nedovic". NBA.com. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Valencia, Nedovic agree until June of 2016". Euroleague.net. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Nemanja Nedovic, Valencia Basket part ways". sportando.com. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Nedovic, segunda incorporación del Unicaja". unicajabaloncesto.com (in Spanish). 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Unicaja Malaga signs Nemanja Nedovic to a two-year contract extension". sportando.com. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "7DAYS EuroCup Finals, Game 3: Unicaja Malaga is the champion!". Eurocupbasketball.com. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Unicaja Malaga announced the extension of Nedovic". Eurohoops.net. June 7, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ "IMPERIOUS SPAIN ROLL PAST SERBIA". eurobasket2013.org. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "AMBITIOUS SERBIA UNVEIL POWERFUL 12-MAN SQUAD". eurobasket2015.org. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  19. ^ "LITHUANIA END SERBIAN STREAK, RETURN TO FINAL". eurobasket2015.org. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  20. ^ "FRANCE REWARD HOME SUPPORT WITH BRONZE". eurobasket2015.org. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  21. ^ "Player profile: Nemanja Nedovic". eurobasket2015.org. FIBA Europe. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  22. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: USA beat Serbia in men's basketball to win last gold of Games". BBC Sport. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2017. 

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