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Nemanja Bjelica | Forward | #8

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: Yugoslavia
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (5) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Nemanja Bjelica ended up with seven points and eight rebounds over 37 minutes in Saturday's 117-101 loss in San Antonio.
Bjelica saw his season-high double-digit point streak come to an end, although he is working on a stretch seven or more rebounds in four in a row and seven of the past eight outings. He continues to log big-time minutes with Jimmy Butler (knee) on the shelf, and it might not be until the NBA playoffs before we see Butler against. As such, Bjelica will continue to play a huge role down the stretch in Minnesota and for fantasy owners. Mar 18 - 1:35 AM

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Nemanja Bjelica hit 7-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block in 39 minutes of Tuesday's big 115-111 win at Washington.

Bjelica went on a 10-point tear midway through the fourth quarter that basically put the Wolves in position to win, and then Karl-Anthony Towns (a big 3-pointer) and Jeff Teague (a big steal) sealed the deal on the win. Bjelica's been filling in nicely for Jimmy Butler and is averaging 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five games. Butler will be back at some point, but it may not be until the playoffs. If you own Bjelica, plan on riding him to the end of the regular season, and hope that the 41 minutes a night he's getting don't end up taking a toll on the big man.
Mar 13 - 9:43 PM

Nemanja Bjelica did a little bit of everything during Sunday's win over the Warriors, tallying 10 points, seven boards, four dimes, three steals, two blocks and one turnover in 40 minutes.

Apparently, Tom Thibodeau learned nothing from the Jimmy Butler (knee) injury, as Bjelica has now earned minutes in the 40s in three consecutive games. While it's risky for Bjelica's health, it's certainly a positive for his fantasy value as he's produced averages of 13.3 points, 8.2 boards, 2.3 dimes, 2.0 triples, 1.5 steals, 0.5 swats and 1.3 turnovers per game on 50.8% shooting since entering the starting lineup. He should be owned in all leagues.
Mar 11 - 6:58 PM

Nemanja Bjelica scored a career-high 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting and added 12 rebounds, two assists and six treys across 40 minutes in Thursday's loss to the Celtics.

Bjelica was on fire all evening, almost singlehandedly keeping the Wolves within striking distance of the Celtics. Bjelica was inserted into the starting lineup in place fo Jimmy Butler back in late February and averaged 10.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 36.5 minutes over the first four games after Butler injured his knee. However, this was Belly's breakout performance. He's logged at least 33 minutes in each start, which gives him a relatively high fantasy floor going forward. He will be a hot pickup this week.
Mar 8 - 10:39 PM

Nemanja Bjelica finished with 12 points across 45 minutes in Friday's loss at Utah.

Bjelica hit 3-of-8 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, while adding 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. He was relied upon heavily in the frontcourt with Karl-Anthony Towns getting the boot in the second quarter after a second technical. He'll continue to log heavy minutes with Jimmy Butler (knee) on the mend.
Mar 3 - 2:41 AM

Nemanja Bjelica scored eight points with 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 34 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

Coach Tom Thibodeau continues to play his starters together a ton, so that should lock Bjelica into heavy minutes. He hasn't quite hit his stride on offense, but he's been strong on the glass and in non-scoring areas. He should be owned in standard leagues while Jimmy Butler (knee) is on the shelf.
Mar 2 - 1:11 AM

Nemanja Bjelica played 33 minutes and hit 5-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals in Monday's win over the Kings.

Jimmy Butler's out for several weeks and Bjelica is starting in his place. He was good tonight, and also has the ability to block some shots. Another thing working in his favor is that Tom Thibodeau only played eight guys until the final two minutes of a game the Wolves were in control of, so Bjelica should be guaranteed heavy minutes until Butler is back. He should be a pretty hot pickup in fantasy leagues right now.
Feb 27 - 12:17 AM

Nemanja Bjelica scored eight points in a start for Jimmy Butler (knee) with seven rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

He had a lot of open looks from deep, but he couldn't knock them down. Had he been able to, this line would look a lot better. Still, the 33 minutes is a great sign and coach Tom Thibodeau sure does like to play his starters together a lot. Bjelica should be better and should be owned in standard leagues.
Feb 24 - 11:18 PM

Nemanja Bjelica will start for Jimmy Butler (knee) against the Bulls on Saturday.

Coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't get cute and goes right back to the well. Bjelica is familiar with the other four starters and has played 76 minutes next to them. He was also productive in that time, posting per-36 averages of 15.7 points, 7.1 boards, 1.9 dimes, 1.9 steals and 2.4 treys. He's the hottest pickup in competitive leagues right now with Butler possibly out for the season.
Feb 24 - 7:27 PM

Nemanja Bjelica scored five points vs. the Rockets on Friday with four rebounds, three assists, three steals and one triple in 21 minutes.

Jimmy Butler left the game with a right knee injury, and while the severity won't be known until an MRI on Saturday, Bjelica will have to step up if Butler misses time. He did fare well in four previous fill-in starts this season, averaging 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.0 triples in 33.5 minutes. He's just a speculative pickup for now.
Feb 23 - 11:13 PM

Nemanja Bjelica finished with four points, four rebounds and a steal over 14 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 111-97 win against the Nets.

With Jimmy Butler (knee) back in action, Bjelica was back out of the starting five and working in a reserve role. He was sharp when called upon, and his recent good showing could have earned him a little extra time at the three. However, his fantasy ceiling is rather limited with the team running back near 100 percent health.
Jan 28 - 1:08 AM

Nemanja Bjelica will move back to the bench on Saturday.

He had a good run and it will be interesting to see if he gets minutes at the three. Bjelica is one of the bigger drop candidates of the day.
Jan 27 - 8:23 PM

Nemanja Bjelica scored 11 points in another start with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

He did most of his damage in the third with three 3-pointers in that frame. Bjelica continues to see heavy minutes with 36 coming on Wednesday, and he didn't even close today with Jamal Crawford getting the nod next to the other four starters. Jimmy Butler (knee) has to be getting close to a return, so Bjelica's fantasy value may be running out.
Jan 26 - 12:50 AM

Nemanja Bjelica scored nine points with seven rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

He still saw big minutes even with Jamal Crawford in the mix. Bjelica was coming off a season-high 18 points on Monday and he could get another start against the Warriors if Jimmy Butler (knee) still isn't ready to go. He's a decent hold until we see Butler return to action.
Jan 25 - 12:14 AM

Nemanja Bjelica matched his season-high with 18 points vs. the Clippers on Monday, hitting 6-of-13 shots and 3-of-4 free throws.

He made his second straight start for the injured Jimmy Butler (knee), but unlike last game, he closed over Marcus George-Hunt. Bjelica grabbed nine rebounds with four assists, one steal and three triples in 34 minutes, and he's now averaging 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.0 triples in his last two games. If Butler continues to miss time, Bjelica will be a solid streaming option on Wednesday vs. the Blazers and Thursday vs. the Warriors.
Jan 23 - 1:25 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
3Aaron Brooks
4Derrick Rose
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Anthony Brown
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Amile Jefferson
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton
4Cole Aldrich