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Nemanja Bjelica | Forward | #88

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (28) / 5/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 225
College: Yugoslavia
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (5) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Nemanja Bjelica scored eight points with three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.
Interestingly, coach Tom Thibodeau talked up Bjelica after the game with how he plays with Karl-Anthony Towns. "The minutes he’s playing with Bjelly, it’s a different look and that’s really good for us as well," Thibodeau said. On the season, the Bjelica-Towns lineup is very similar in performance based on net rating, but they do run at a faster pace. For now, Bjelly is only a pickup in deeper leagues. Jan 13 - 11:59 PM

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Nemanja Bjelica (ankle) returned to action on Tuesday vs. Chicago, playing nine scoreless minutes with three rebounds and one turnover.

He missed a pair of shots and the Wolves didn't really need him with Gorgui Dieng playing very well. Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau loves playing his starters huge minutes, so Bjelica won't have much value while the team is healthy.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 11:30:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (sore right ankle) is expected to play Tuesday vs. the Bulls.

Bjelica has missed each of the Wolves previous two contests. However, coach Tom Thibodeau indicated he expects Bjelica to be active and available on Tuesday. On the season, he is averaging 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.2 treys in 16.8 minutes. Assuming he plays, Bjelica will likely limit Adreian Payne and Brandon Rush's minutes.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 07:05:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (sore right ankle) will not play on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

This will be second game in a row on the sidelines. He was a game-time call this time around, so he must be getting closer. Gorgui Dieng will log heavy minutes at the four vs. Golden State.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 06:06:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (sore right ankle) will be a game-time call against the Warriors on Sunday.

Bjelica missed Friday's loss to the Pistons, and the game-time decision suggests he hasn't improved much. If he's out, Brandon Rush and Adreian Payne will split his minutes, but that really doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (sore right ankle) will not play against the Pistons on Friday.

This is a new injury for Bjelica. He's played well in the second unit to offer some space and has seen some run with the ones at times, too. With him out, Cole Aldrich and Shabazz Muhammad could see a couple extra minutes.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 07:18:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica scored 17 points with seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

He got a little bump in playing time because the Wolves were trailing and Gorgui Dieng was in foul trouble. Bjelica wasn't playing well coming into this game, so we'll have to see it again before moving the needle on him. Although, the Wolves losing so many games could help him get minutes.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 11:39:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica scored three points with two rebounds, one block and two steals in 13 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

He's cooled off since the career game back on Nov. 13. The good news for Bjelica is that he is getting some run at small forward, so that'll help his chances for minutes. He doesn't have much value now, but that would change with any injury in the 2-5 spots in the starting lineup.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 01:56:00 AM

Nemanja Bjelica stuffed the stat sheet in his first career start on Sunday, posting a career-high 24 points on 9-of-15 FGs with five 3-pointers, eight boards, three assists, three steals and one block.

Minnesota was playing without Zach LaVine (knee), Shabazz Muhammad (sore right knee) and Brandon Rush (toe), so coach Tom Thibodeau opted for Bjelica at SF and Andrew Wiggins at SG. Bjelica was very aggressive and he played some point-forward tonight, but it's hard to get too excited in standard leagues while LaVine and Muhammad are day-to-day. Most owners should just keep an eye on him.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 10:06:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica will slide into the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Lakers with Zach LaVine (knee) unavailable.

Bjelica could see a decent amount of minutes tonight with LaVine, Brandon Rush (toe) and Shabazz Muhammad (knee) all unavailable, but Kris Dunn is likely the guy that benefits most sans LaVine. The Timberwolves will roll out a starting five of Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins, Bjelica, Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns for Sunday's game, so Bjelica could be worth a punt play in DFS.

Nemanja Bjelica played 22 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday with 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

The Wolves were playing from behind and went to Bjelica more in the second half. He's still just stuck in one position at power forward, but Bjelica may have enough per-minute output to have value in deeper leagues.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 11:58:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica continued his eye-catching preseason on Friday, scoring 14 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

Not that preseason plus-minus matters, but Belly's plus-38 in 26 minutes is something else. Bjelica didn't shoot the ball too well this month, but he's added so much to his game. In his seven outings, he averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 boards, 1.9 dimes, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.7 treys in 23.5 minutes. His minutes will be capped because he's only playing power forward, but Bjelica could be on the radar for 16-team leagues for potential per-minute value.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 10:48:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica got the start on Sunday and turned in 11 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds, three assists, one block and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

Tom Thibodeau seems to favor Bjelica and he's poised for a steady role with the second unit. A whopping 51 percent of his shot attempts have come beyond the arc this preseason, putting him on the radar as a 3-point specialist.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 09:41:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica scored 12 points in 26 minutes against the Heat on Saturday, adding five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

Coach Tom Thibodeau loves him and it sounds like he's going to be in the rotation. Still, it'll be tough to draft Bjelica in almost any league. Hopefully he doesn't eat into Gorgui Dieng's minutes like last year.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 11:58:00 PM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau recently praised Nemanja Bjelica's playmaking ability and "very unique skill set."

"I’m excited about [Bjelica]," Thibodeau said. "He’s had a great summer. He’s in really good shape. He can shoot the three, he can put it on the floor. The one thing that is probably overlooked is his playmaking ability. You can run pick-and-roll with him. He’s got great vision, he can pass over people." He's worth monitoring closely, but Bjelica faces serious competition for minutes on a roster that includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng, Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 09:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Ricky Rubio
2Kris Dunn
3Tyus Jones
SG1Zach LaVine
2Brandon Rush
SF1Andrew Wiggins
2Shabazz Muhammad
PF1Gorgui Dieng
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Adreian Payne
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Cole Aldrich
3Jordan Hill
4Nikola Pekovic