Nemanja Bjelica Is Minnesota Timberwolves’ ‘Other’ Prized Rookie

July 17th, 2015 by Daniel O'Brien Leave a reply »

Minnesota Timberwolves fans have heard and seen a lot of much-heralded No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns in recent weeks. Duke point guard and hometown hero Tyus Jones is another exciting addition.

But there's a third rookie joining the pack who will also turn heads. Serbian forward Nemanja Bjelica, who was drafted by the Wolves in 2010, is finally crossing the Atlantic and joining Flip Saunders' bunch.

The 6'10" 27-year-old is fresh off winning the Euroleague MVP for Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce Ulker. He brings a versatile skill set to the NBA and should help bolster the Wolves' frontcourt depth. Bjelica's pro experience includes stops in Serbia, Austria, Spain and Turkey, and he also earned a silver medal with the Serbian national team in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

How much of Bjelica's European exploits will translate to the Association, and what exactly can Minnesota expect from him in 2015-16?

With a long frame, terrific basketball IQ and smooth skills, Bjelica is a stretch 4 who can also operate as a point forward in some scenarios.

Bjelica's height and long arms allow hi ...

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