By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 7:58 pm in Uncategorized.
The Warriors not bought themselves into what proved to be a crazy draft, they got in and added a little crazy.
After a roller coaster start to the draft, Golden State concluded the first round by obstaining the No. 26 overall pick and trading down twice to the No. 30 pick. With it, they selected Serbian Nemanja Nedovic — a 6-foot-4, combo guard.
The Warriors’ selection of Nedovic was a bit of a surprise considering they need big men. Starting center Andrew Bogut is always a question mark. His back-up, Festus Ezeli, will miss at least the first three months of the season after knee surgery. And power forward Carl Landry, who played some center, opted out of his contract to be come a free agent.
Kansas center Jeff Withey and Bucknell’s Mike Muscala, two big men projected to be late first-round picks. But the Warriors instead went with the little-known guard who was picked by many to go middle-to-late second round.
Golden State really liked Nedovic, an athletic point guard who is one of the best in Europe. The Warriors could stash him overseas or, if he impresses during the offseason, could serve as a third point guard.