Bjelica's second season with Sacramento was his best yet in the NBA. The 31-year-old appeared in 72 games (67 starts) during the pandemic-shortened campaign, posting career-high averages in points (11.5), rebounds (6.4), assists (2.8), steals (0.9), three-pointers (1.9) and minutes played (28.5). He also shot a career-high 82.1 percent from the free-throw line, a career-best 48.1 percent from the field and a career-best 41.9 percent from three-point land. Those numbers led to a career-best 57.9 effective field goal percentage. On Nov. 17 against the Celtics, Bjelica grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds to go with 12 points, four assists and a block. That was one of the Serbian forward's eight double-doubles on the season. On Jan. 13, Bjelica erupted for a career-high 34 points against the Magic, shooting 13-of-16 from the field while knocking down a career-best eight threes on 10 attempts. He twice dished a career-high eight assists, including a 20-point, eight-assist, three-block effort in a Jan. 27 win at Minnesota. All in all, he scored 20-plus points on five occasions. Bjelica's 41.9 percent three-point shooting ranked eighth in the Association, and his 458 total rebounds were good for tops on the Kings.2018
The 2018-19 season was Nemanja Bjelica's first season with the Kings and his fourth in the Association. The move to Sacramento proved wise, as the 6-foot-10 forward delivered career-high per game averages in points (9.6), rebounds (5.8), assists (1.9), blocks (0.7) and made threes (1.3) from 23.2 minutes per contest. Sure, some of that is due to slight bump in playing time, but Bjelica saw a solid 20.5 minutes per game last season with Minnesota. The big Serbian also played in a career-high 77 games with the Kings. Bjelica grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 11 games, including two games with 15-plus boards, and recorded nine double-doubles. On Oct. 26, Bjelica scored a season-high 26 points and hit a career-high matching six threes, to go with 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in a win over Washington. On Dec. 16, the big forward posted a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and a career-high four blocks in a win at Dallas. On Mar. 23, Bjelica grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds, to go with 13 points and five assists, in a win over the Suns.2017
In his third NBA season, Bjelica set new career highs in games played, starts, minutes per game and scoring average. The Serbian played in 67 games for the Timberwolves with 21 starts, averaging 20.5 minutes per game after seeing around 18 minutes per contest during his first two NBA campaigns. He was able to boost his scoring to 6.8 points per game on 46.1 percent shooting from the field, including a new career-best 41.5 percent from 3-point range. Bjelica also set a new career high with 4.1 rebounds per contest. As a starter, the 29-year-old saw his minutes jump dramatically to 34 per night, and his scoring went up to 10.8 points per game. Bjelica also averaged 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in a starting role. He saw his most run in March, when he started all 13 games he appeared in and scored 11.0 points per game. Bjelica also had his best game of the season in the month, posting a career-high 30 points against the Celtics on 11-of-16 shooting during a Mar. 8 loss. The veteran scored in double figures in 16 total games. Bjelica also grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds on two separate occasions and recorded one double-double. The Timberwolves finished with a winning record of 47-35 and lost to the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. Bjelica played in all five Minnesota playoff games for his first career post-season action. In the Game 2 loss at Houston, the Serbian forward generated 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals over 19 minutes of run.2016
After several years playing in Europe, the 2016-17 season was Bjelica's second season in the NBA. The 28-year-old continued in his role with Minnesota, receiving major minutes as a frontcourt reserve. Bjelica appeared in 65 games (versus 60 last season) and played 18.3 minutes per contest, up slightly from last year's 17.9 minute mark. On Nov. 13, the versatile Serbian received his first NBA start and scored a career-high 24 points, to go with eight rebounds, a career-best five three-pointers, three assists and three steals, during a big home win over the Lakers. For the season, Bjelica scored in double-digits in 15 games. On Feb. 27, Bjelica registered the first of back-to-back double-doubles with 10 points and 12 rebounds in a win at Sacramento. In the next game at Utah, Bjelica scored 13 points and grabbed 11 boards during a win over the Jazz. The 6-foot-10 forward had three double-doubles for the season. Bjelica missed the Timberwolves' last 15 games due to an injury to his left foot which resulted in surgery in late-March. When it was all said and done, Bjelica finished the season with per-game averages of 6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.9 three-pointers per contest.2015
After playing on four different professional teams from four different European nations, Bjelica joined the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2015-16 season. The 27-year-old made his NBA debut on Opening Night, Oct. 28, and posted eight points, five rebounds and two assists in a road win over the Lakers. On Nov. 7, he registered his first career NBA double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and five assists during a win at Chicago. Bjelica recorded three double-doubles during the season. A left knee contusion forced "Belly" to miss four games in late November. A foot injury then forced Bjelica to miss 11 games in February and March. On April 7, the NBA rookie scored a season-high 18 points, to go with four rebounds and four three-pointers, during a win at Sacramento. Four days later, the versatile Serbian forward double-doubled with 11 points and season-best 14 rebounds in a home loss to the Rockets. For the season, Bjelica came off the bench in 60 games and averaged 5.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.8 three-pointers per game. He shot 46.8 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from behind the arc.
June 24, 2010Drafted by the Washington Wizards in the 2nd round (35th pick) of the 2010 NBA Draft, who traded his rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
July 13, 2015Signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
July 20, 2018Signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings.
March 25, 2021Traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for Moe Harkless and Chris Silva.