Nemanja Bjelica

Nemanja Bjelica

#88

POS: Forward

HT: 6-10

WT: 235

DOB: 5/9/88

Prior: Fenerbahce Ulker/Serbia

Years: 4th NBA Season

Drafted: 2010

2nd Round - Washington

NBA CAREER

  • Averaging 6.1 ppg (.449 FG%, .371 3pt%, .752 FT%), 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.3 bpg and 18.9 mpg in 192 career games (22 starts) in three seasons with one team: Minnesota Timberwolves (2015-18)

TRANSACTIONS/CAREER NOTES

  • Selected 35th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft
  • Acquired by Minnesota from Washington along with the draft rights to Lazar Hayward in exchange for Trevor Booker and Hamady N’diaye (6/24/10)
  • Signed a contract with the Timberwolves (7/14/15)
  • Agreed to a multi-year deal with the Kings (7/21/18).

2017-18 (Minnesota)

  • Averaged 6.8 ppg (.449 FG%, .371 3pt%, .752 FT%), 4.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.7 spg and 20.5 mpg in 67 games (21 starts)
  • As a starter, averaged 10.8 ppg (.443 FG%, .416 3pt%, .739 FT%), 6.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.3 bpg and 34.0 mpg in 21 starts
  • As a reserve, averaged 5.0 ppg (.480 FG%, .415 3pt%, .864 FT%), 2.8 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.5 spg and 14.3 mpg in 46 games off the bench
  • Missed 15 games
  • Inactive for three games due to a left mid-foot sprain (11/24/17, 11/26/17, 12/4/17)
  • Did not dress in one game due to a left mid-foot sprain (11/28/17)
  • Did not play in 11 games due to a left mid-foot sprain (11/29-12/03/17, 12/06-12/23/17)
  • Scored in double figures 16 times and 30-plus points in one game
  • Notched one double-double
  • Led the team in points and rebounds in one game
  • Top Single-Game Performances: Notched a near double-double with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with nine rebounds and four assists in a win at LA Clippers (1/22/18)
  • Grabbed a career-best 11 boards on the defensive end to go with a rebound on the offensive glass and scored eight points at Portland (3/1/18)
  • Recorded careerhighs wtih 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting while knocking down six threepointers on nine attempts and pulled down 12 rebounds for a double-double vs. Boston (3/8/18)
  • Tallied a near triple-double with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while going 7-for-16 from the field in a win at Washington (3/13)
  • 2018 Playoffs: Averaged 4.6 ppg (.7-16 FG, 4-7 3pt, 5-7 FT%), 3.0 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.6 spg and 9.4 mpg in five games (0 starts) for the Timberwolves.

2016-17 (Minnesota)

  • Averaged 6.2 ppg (.424 FG%, .316 3pt%, .738 FT%), 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.6 spg and 18.3 mpg in 65 games (1 start)
  • As a starter, totaled 24 points (9-15 FG, 5-8 3pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in 41 minutes in one game
  • As a reserve, averaged 5.9 ppg (.416 FG%, .302 3pt%, .733 FT%), 3.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.6 spg and 18.0 mpg in 64 games off the bench
  • Missed 17 games
  • Inactive for two games (12/9/16, 12/11/16)
  • Not with team for the final 15 games of the season due to a fractured navicular bone in his left foot (3/17-4/12-17)
  • Scored in double-figures in 15 games, including one game with 20-plus points
  • Collected 10 or more rebounds in three games
  • Notched three double-doubles
  • Top Single-Game Performances: In his first career start, notched then career highs when he totaled 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting while hitting 5-of-8 of his shots from beyond the arc to go with eight rebounds and three steals in a career-high 41 minutes in a win vs. L.A. Lakers (11/13/16)
  • Posted 17 points and seven rebounds at New York (12/2/16)
  • Notched 10 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double in a win at Sacramento (2/27/17)
  • Collected 11 rebounds and added 13 points and five assists in a win at Utah (3/1/17)
  • Totaled 16 points and nine rebounds as he went 6-for-7 from the field in a win vs. Washington (3/13/17)

2015-16 (Minnesota)

  • Averaged 5.1 ppg (.468 FG%, .384 3pt%, .727 FT%), 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.4 spg and 17.9 mpg in 60 games (0 starts)
  • Missed 22 games
  • Inactive in four games due to a bruised left knee (11/20-11/27)
  • Did not play in 11 games due to a right foot strain (2/19-3/8/16)
  • Did not play in seven games due to coach’s decision (12/26/15,1/6/16, 2/3/16, 2/6/16, 3/16-3-21/16)
  • Scored in double figures 14 times
  • Grabbed 10-plus rebounds three times
  • Recorded three double-doubles
  • Top Single-Game Performances: Posted his first career double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in a win at Chicago (11/7/15)
  • Tallied 14 points and seven boards as he went 4-for-5 from the field and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe vs. LA Clippers (3/30/16)
  • Scored 15 points as he shot 6-for-8 to go with eight rebounds at Utah (4/1/16)
  • Notched a doubledouble with 11 points and 10 rebounds while dishing out five dimes in a win at Portland (4/1/16)

INTERNATIONAL CAREER

  • Awarded 2014-15 All-Euroleague First Team honors after he averaged 11.5 ppg (.541 FG%, .374 3pt%, .708 FT%), 8.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.5 bpg and 26.3 mpg in 63 games (48 starts) for Fenerbahce and helped guide the team to the Euroleague semifinals for the first time in franchise history during the 2014-15 season
  • Averaged 9.2 ppg (.487 FG%, .407 3pt%, .810 FT), .6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.5 bpg and 22.2 mpg in 61 games (37 starts) in his first season as a member of Fenerbahce during 2013-14
  • Averaged 6.6 ppg (.444 FG%, .342 3pt%, .682 FT%), 3.8 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.6 spg and 17.9 mpg in three seasons with Caja Labaral (2010-13)
  • Averaged 18.9 ppg and 7.4 rpg in 16 games for Crvena Zvezda of Serbia’s KLS league in 16 games during the 2009-10 season
  • Averaged 8.5 ppg (.402 FG%, .235 3pt%, .667 FT%), 5.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg and 23.3 mpg in 12 games (5 starts) for Crvena Zvezda during the Eurocup
  • Averaged 4.6 ppg and 2.8 rpg in 11 league games in his first season with Crvena Zvezda during the 2008-09 season
  • Averaged 4.8 ppg (.381 FG%, .444 3pt%, .783 FT%), 1.8 rpg, 0.7 apg and 13.9 mpg in 12 games
  • A member of the Serbian Senior National Basketball Team since 2009, averaging 7.7 ppg (.479 FG%, .327 3pt%, .767 FT%), 5.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.6 spg and 20.0 mpg in 70 career national team contests
  • Did not compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to a right foot injury
  • Averaged 13.9 ppg (.561 FG%, .375 3pt%, .840 FT%), 6.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.6 spg and 27.0 mpg in nine games during EuroBasket 2015, his most recent competition with the Serbian national team
  • Averaged 11.9 ppg (.432 FG%, .231 3pt%, .816 FT%), 6.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 0.4 spg 0.4 bpg and 28.6 mpg in nine games during the FIBA World Cup as he helped Serbia to a silver medal finish
  • Received a silver medal for Serbia’s performance during EuroBasket 2009.

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