|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Serbian G Nemanja Nedovic||06.24.12 at 7:52 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.
Position: Point guard
Team: Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)
Weight: 195 pounds
Key 2011-12 stats: 6.7 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 17.8 minutes
What he brings: Nedovic possesses solid fundamentals and excellent athleticism that could help him excel at the next level. At 6-foot-3, he is a natural ‘tweener combo guard who could take up either position in the NBA. His vertical leap (measured at 41 inches last year) stands out in his game as well as his ability to drive the lane and finish at the rim, which is something scouting reports indicate he could excel at in the NBA.
Despite his strengths, Nedovic’s weaknesses significantly hurt his draft stock and may keep him from getting drafted. His ball-handling skills and court vision — both important skills for an NBA point guard — are fairly weak and are compounded by the fact that he lacks a consistent jump shot. His quickness and athleticism allow him to be a consistent defender, but his weaknesses may ultimately be Nedovic’s demise.
Where the Celtics could get him: Nedovic is expected to go late in the second round or be undrafted.
Notes: A native of Serbia, Nedovic was as a member of the Serbian U-20 national team in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He is on the preliminary list of 24 players who will participate for FIBA EuroBasket 2013 qualification.
Video: Here are highlights from Nedovic’s 2011-12 season with Red Star.